Certain proteins such as matrix metalloproteinase -2(MMP-2) and heat shock protein 70(HSP-70) play a role during the degradation process. We hypothesized that tetracycline can be used to reduce tissue degradation in skeletal muscles exposed to immobilization. The right knee of old rats (20-months-old) was immobilized by a rigid external fixator (EF) device for 1, 2, 3 and 4 weeks. Aqueous Tetracycline solution was administrated 3 times a week, following 2 days after the EF was constructed. Control group I was immobilized for 3 weeks, did not receive tetracycline but did received saline injection, and control group II only received tetracycline for 3 weeks. MMP-2 and HSP-70 protein and mRNA levels in the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles were analyzed at the molecular level by RT-PCR and the protein level using SDS-PAGE gels and western blots. We have shown that rats treated by Tetracycline reduce the MMP-2 expression and HSP-70. Theses changes mainly occurred in type IIb and type IIa muscle fibers. Tetracycline administration has beneficial effect on expression of enzymes involved in protein degradation. This may suggest a protective effect on protein degradation during immobilization.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions|
|State||Published - Jun 2009|
- Skeletal muscle
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine