Alverine citrate promotes myogenic differentiation and ameliorates muscle atrophy

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Alverine citrate promotes myogenic differentiation and ameliorates muscle atrophy
Jong Hyeon Yoon; Seung-Min Lee; Y Lee; Min Ju Kim; Jae Won Yang; Jeong Yi Choi; Ju Yeon KwakKwang-Pyo LeeYong Ryoul YangKi-Sun Kwon
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Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, vol. 586, pp. 157-162
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Sarcopenia is the age-related loss of muscle mass and function and no pharmacological medication has been approved for its treatment. We established an atrogin-1/MAFbx promoter assay to find drug candidates that inhibit myotube atrophy. Alverine citrate (AC) was identified using high-throughput screening of an existing drug library. AC is an established medicine for stomach and intestinal spasms. AC treatment increased myotube diameter and inhibited atrophy signals induced by either C26-conditioned medium or dexamethasone in cultured C2C12 myoblasts. AC also enhanced myoblast fusion through the upregulation of fusion-related genes during C2C12 myoblast differentiation. Oral administration of AC improves muscle mass and physical performance in aged mice, as well as hindlimb-disused mice. Taken together, our data suggest that AC may be a novel therapeutic candidate for improving muscle weakness, including sarcopenia.
Alverine citrateSarcopeniaSkeletal muscle atrophyAging
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Division of Research on National Challenges > Aging Research Center > 1. Journal Articles
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