Marked loss of skeletal muscle mass occurs under various conditions of disuse, but the molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to atrophy are not completely understood. We investigate early molecular events which might play a role in skeletal muscle remodeling during mechanical unloading (disuse). The effects of acute (6 - 12 h) hindlimb suspension on the soleus muscles from adult rats were examined. The integrity of plasma membrane lipid rafts was tested utilizing cholera toxin B subunit, or fluorescent sterols. In addition, resting intracellular Ca2+ level was analyzed. Acute disuse disturbed the plasma membrane lipid-ordered phase throughout the sarcolemma and was more pronounced in junctional membrane regions. Ouabain (1 µM), which specifically inhibits the Na,K-ATPase α2 isozyme in rodent skeletal muscles, produced similar lipid rafts changes in control muscles, but was ineffective in suspended muscles, which show an initial loss of α2 Na,K-ATPase activity. Lipid rafts were able to recover with cholesterol supplementation, suggesting that disturbance results from cholesterol loss. Repetitive nerve stimulation also restores lipid rafts, specifically in junctional sarcolemma region. Disuse locally lowered the resting intracellular Ca2+ concentration only near the neuromuscular junction of muscle fibers. Our results provide the evidence to suggest that the ordering of lipid rafts strongly depends on motor nerve input and may involve interactions with the α2 Na,K-ATPase. Lipid rafts disturbance, accompanied by intracellular Ca2+ dysregulation are among the earliest remodeling events induced by skeletal muscle disuse.
- skeletal muscle disuse
- lipid rafts
- intracellular calcium
- hindlimb suspension
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