The study found that the gene promotes muscle strength during exercise.
A gene that is activated by exercise enhances muscle strength, which has led to the development of therapeutic procedures that mimic some of the advantages of exercise.
The research, which was conducted at the University of Melbourne and was published in the journal Cell Metabolism, showed how different types of exercise affect the molecules in our muscles and helped identify a new gene called C18ORF25, which is activated by all types of exercise and is in charge of increasing muscle strength. Animals lacking C18ORF25 exhibit weaker muscles and less effective exercise capacity.
According to the project’s director, Dr. Benjamin Parker, the C18ORF25 gene may be activated, and the study group saw muscles develop much stronger without necessarily being bigger.
“Identifying this gene may impact how we manage healthy aging, diseases of muscle atrophy, sports science, and even livestock and meat production. This is because promoting optimal muscle function is one of the best predictors of overall health,” Dr. Parker said.
“We know exercise can prevent and treat chronic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many cancers. Now, we hope that by better understanding how different types of exercise elicit these health-promoting effects at the molecular level, the field can work towards making new and improved treatment options available.”
The experimental design allowed researchers to compare signaling responses across exercise modalities in the same person to their pre-exercise level. This made it possible for them to see how a person’s muscles responded to various sorts of exercise.
The discovery of the novel gene was made possible by the study team’s ability to recognize genes and proteins that consistently alter across all individuals and forms of exercise.