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Atrophy can be combated by boosting expression of an enzyme produced in muscles

Publicado em 06 novembro 2020
Researchers at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil have shown for the first time that stimulating expression of a protein naturally produced by the human body can be a strategy to combat loss of skeletal muscle mass, which happens normally with aging but can intensify in cases of neurodegenerative or inflammatory disease, or in patients who spend long periods in intensive care units (ICUs). Ten days in an ICU are estimated to result in the loss of up to 20% of muscle mass in the [...]