Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase varies with age in glycolytic muscles of rats

Dawn A. Lowe, Hans Degens, Kuangjen D. Chen, Stephen E. Alway

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Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) mRNA, protein, and enzyme activity levels in hindlimb muscles of adult and senescent Fischer 344 X Brown Norway rats were investigated. Soleus muscles from adult and senescent rats had similar levels of GAPDH. In contrast, muscles containing a large proportion of glycolytic fibers had lower GAPDH levels in senescent rats relative to these muscles in adult rats; this was observed at both the mRNA and protein levels. These data indicate that skeletal muscle glycolytic capacity of fast muscles is diminished with age and that it may be caused by changes at the level of transcription. Also, because GAPDH mRNA levels change with age in several rat muscles, GAPDH mRNA is not always a proper internal control for mRNA analyses of aging skeletal muscle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)B160-B164
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2000

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