Abstract Title:

Suppression of oxidative stress by resveratrol after isometric contractions in gastrocnemius muscles of aged mice.

Abstract Source:

J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2010 Aug;65(8):815-31. Epub 2010 May 27. PMID: 20507922

Abstract Author(s):

Michael J Ryan, Janna R Jackson, Yanlei Hao, Courtney L Williamson, Erinne R Dabkowski, John M Hollander, Stephen E Alway

Article Affiliation:

Division of Exercise Physiology, West Virginia University School of Medicine, PO Box 9227, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA.


This study tested the hypothesis that resveratrol supplementation would lower oxidative stress in exercised muscles of aged mice. Young (3 months) and aged (27 months) C57BL/6 mice received a control or a 0.05% trans-resveratrol-supplemented diet for 10 days. After 7 days of dietary intervention, 20 maximal electrically evoked isometric contractions were obtained from the plantar flexors of one limb in anesthetized mice. Exercise was conducted for three consecutive days. Resveratrol supplementation blunted the exercise-induced increase in xanthine oxidase activity in muscles from young (25%) and aged (53%) mice. Resveratrol lowered H(2)O(2) levels in control (13%) and exercised (38%) muscles from aged animals, reduced Nox4 protein in both control and exercised muscles of young (30%) and aged mice (40%), and increased the ratio of reduced glutathione to oxidized glutathione in exercised muscles from young (38%) and aged (135%) mice. Resveratrol prevented the increase in lipid oxidation, increased catalase activity, and increased MnSOD activity in exercised muscles from aged mice. These data show that dietary resveratrol suppresses muscle indicators of oxidative stress in response to isometric contractions in aged mice.

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