This study assessed the potential application and the effectiveness of functional magnetic stimulation (FMS) for preventing skeletal muscle atrophy, in adult rats, FMS using magnetic stimulator was performed to rat soleus muscle by placing a round magnetic coil on the back of 3rd-5th lumbar vertebral level at 20 Hz frequency for 60 min/day up to 10 days. A reverse transcriptase-poly-merase chain reaction was applied to evaluate relative amounts of mRNAs specific to four myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoforms [MHCIβ, MHCIIa, MHCIIb, and MHCIId(x)] in rat soleus muscle during contractile activity by magnetic stimulation. Ten-day unloading by hindlimb suspension induced a drastic decrease of MHCIβ and MHCIIa mRNA expressions, while MHCIIb and MHCIId(x) mRNA was not decreased. The magnetic stimulation resuscitated the down-regulation of the ImRNA levels of MHCIβ and MHCIIa. These results suggest that magnetic stimulation on acute atrophied muscles is useful for preventing the muscle atrophy.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)