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Sci Rep. 2017 Sep 7;7(1):10830. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11260-7.

Biological effects of dosing aerobic exercise and neuromuscular electrical stimulation in rats.

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1
University of Pittsburgh, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
2
University Hospital of Pisa, Department of Neuroscience, Unit of Neurorehabilitation, Pisa, Italy.
3
Department of Bioengineering, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
4
Department of Radiology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
5
Department of Neuroscience, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
6
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
7
University of Pittsburgh, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. mmm154@pitt.edu.
8
Department of Bioengineering, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. mmm154@pitt.edu.
9
Department of Radiology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. mmm154@pitt.edu.

Abstract

Aerobic exercise (AE) and non-aerobic neuromuscular electric stimulation (NMES) are common interventions used in physical therapy. We explored the dose-dependency (low, medium, high) of these interventions on biochemical factors, such as brain derived neurotrophic growth factor (BDNF), vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A), insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and Klotho, in the blood and brain of normal rats, as well as a treadmill-based maximum capacity test (MCT). A medium dose of AE produced the most improvement in MCT with dose-dependent changes in Klotho in the blood. A dose-dependent increase of BDNF was evident following completion of an NMES protocol, but there was no improvement in MCT performance. Gene expression in the hippocampus was increased after both AE and NMES, with IGF-1 being a signaling molecule that correlated with MCT performance in the AE conditions, but also highly correlated with VEGF-A and Klotho. Blood Klotho levels can serve as a biomarker of therapeutic dosing of AE, whereas IGF-1 is a key molecule coupled to gene expression of other molecules in the hippocampus. This approach provides a translatable paradigm to investigate the mode and mechanism of action of interventions employed in physical therapy that can improve our understanding of how these factors change under pathological conditions.

PMID:
28883534
PMCID:
PMC5589775
DOI:
10.1038/s41598-017-11260-7
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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