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J Appl Physiol (1985). 2004 Oct;97(4):1424-30.

Lactate dehydrogenase expression at the onset of altered loading in rat soleus muscle.

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  • 1Integrative Muscle Biology Laboratory, Exercise Science Department, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina 29208, USA.


Both functional overload and hindlimb disuse induce significant energy-dependent remodeling of skeletal muscle. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), an important enzyme involved in anaerobic glycolysis, catalyzes the interconversion of lactate and pyruvate critical for meeting rapid high-energy demands. The purpose of this study was to determine rat soleus LDH-A and -B isoform expression, mRNA abundance, and enzymatic activity at the onset of increased or decreased loading in the rat soleus muscle. The soleus muscles from male Sprague-Dawley rats were functionally overloaded for up to 3 days by a modified synergist ablation or subjected to disuse by hindlimb suspension for 3 days. LDH mRNA concentration was determined by Northern blotting, LDH protein isoenzyme composition was determined by zymogram analysis, and LDH enzymatic activity was determined spectrophotometrically. LDH-A mRNA abundance increased by 372%, and LDH-B mRNA abundance decreased by 43 and 31% after 24 h and 3 days of functional overload, respectively, compared with that in control rats. LDH protein expression demonstrated a shift by decreasing LDH-B isoforms and increasing LDH-A isoforms. LDH-B activity decreased 80% after 3 days of functional overload. Additionally, LDH-A activity increased by 234% following 3 days of hindlimb suspension. However, neither LDH-A or LDH-B mRNA abundance was affected following 3 days of hindlimb suspension. In summary, the onset of altered loading induced a differential expression of LDH-A and -B in the rat soleus muscle, favoring rapid energy production. Long-term altered loading is associated with myofiber conversion; however, the rapid changes in LDH at the onset of altered loading may be involved in other physiological processes.

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