Oxidative stress in the denervated muscle

Provvidenza M. Abruzzo, Simona Di Tullio, Cosetta Marchionni, Silvia Belia, Giorgio Fanó, Sandra Zampieri, Ugo Carraro, Helmut Kern, Gianluca Sgarbi, Giorgio Lenaz, Marina Marini

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Following experimental hind limb denervation in rats, this study demonstrates that oxidative stress occurs and advances an hypothesis about its origin. In fact: (i) ROS are formed; (ii) membrane lipids are oxidized; (iii) oxidized ion channels and pumps may lead to increased [Ca2+] i; all the above mentioned events increase with denervation time. In the denervated muscle, (iv) mRNA abundance of cytoprotective and anti-oxidant proteins (Hsp70, Hsp27, Sod1, Catalase, Gpx1, Gpx4, Gstm1), as well as (v) SOD1 enzymatic activity and HSP70i protein increase; (vi) an unbalance in mitochondrial OXPHOS enzymes occurs, presumably leading to excess mitochondrial ROS production; (vii) increased cPLA2 α expression (mRNA) and activation (increased [Ca2+]i) may lead to increased hydroperoxides release. Since anti-oxidant defences appear inadequate to counterbalance increased ROS production with increased denervation time, an anti-oxidant therapeutic strategy seems to be advisable in the many medical conditions where the nerve-muscle connection is impaired.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-576
Number of pages14
JournalFree Radical Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Denervation
  • Mitochondria
  • Oxidative stress
  • Skeletal muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry


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