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Formoterol and cancer wasting in rats: effects on muscle force and total physical activity
Toledo Soler, Míriam; Busquets Rius, Sílvia; Sirisi Dolcet, Sònia; Orpí, Marcel; Serpe, Roberto; Coutinho, Joana; Martínez, Raquel; Argilés Huguet, Josep Ma.; López-Soriano, Francisco J.
Universitat de Barcelona
Cancer cachexia occurs in the majority of cancer patients before death, and it is responsible for the death of 22% of cancer patients. One of the most relevant characteristics of cachexia is that of asthenia, which reflects significant muscle wasting noted in cachectic cancer patients The aim of the present study was to assess whether the ?2-adrenergic agonist formoterol is associated with an improvement in physiological parameters such as grip force and total physical activity in cachetic rats. Administration of the ?2-agonist formoterol (0.3 mg/kg for 7 days) in rats bearing Yoshida AH-130 ascites hepatoma tumors, a model which induces a strong loss of both body and muscle weight, resulted in a significant reversal of the muscle wasting process, as reflected by individual muscle weights. The anti-wasting effects of the drug were also observed in terms of total physical activity and grip force, thus resulting in an improvement in physical performance in cachectic tumor-bearing rats.
Atròfia muscular
Aparell locomotor
Teràpia genètica
Muscular atrophy
Musculoskeletal system
Gene therapy
(c) Spandidos Publications, 2011
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