Arimantas Lionikas

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The aim of the study was to explore the genetic architecture influencing weight of fast- and slow-twitch skeletal muscles. The weights of the slow-twitch soleus, the mixed gastrocnemius, the fast-twitch tibialis anterior (TA), and extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles were 11-34% greater (P < 0.001) in 200-day-old C57BL/6J (B6) than in DBA/2J (D2) mice.(More)
The mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase pathways have been highlighted as a possible link between exercise and adaptive changes in skeletal muscle. In this study, the effect of exercise intensity on the activation of the ERK/MAP kinase pathway was investigated in human skeletal muscle. One-leg exercise at low (40% maximal oxygen consumption, VO2max, for(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the function of the Hippo pathway member Yes-associated protein (Yap, gene name Yap1) in skeletal muscle fibres in vivo. Specifically we bred an inducible, skeletal muscle fibre-specific knock-in mouse model (MCK-tTA-hYAP1 S127A) to test whether the over expression of constitutively active Yap (hYAP1 S127A) is(More)
The pathogenic events leading to the progressive muscle weakness in patients with a E706K mutation in the head of the myosin heavy chain (MyHC) IIa were analyzed at the muscle cell and motor protein levels. Contractile properties were measured in single muscle fiber segments using the skinned fiber preparation and a single muscle fiber in vitro motility(More)
C57BL/6J (B6) and DBA/2J (D2) strains and two derivative populations, BXD recombinant inbred strains (BXD RIs) and B6D2F2, were used to explore genetic basis for variation in muscle weight at 500 days of age. In parallel with findings in 200-day-old mice (Lionikas A, Blizard DA, Vandenbergh DJ, Glover MG, Stout JT, Vogler GP, McClearn GE, and Larsson L.(More)
Activation of mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases has been implicated in the signal transduction pathways linking exercise to adaptive changes of muscle protein expression. In the present study, we investigated whether contractions of isolated muscles induced phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) and p38 MAPK in a(More)
Genetic variation plays a substantial role in variation in strength, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. The objective of the present study was to examine the mechanisms underlying variation in muscle mass, a predictor of strength, between LG/J and SM/J strains, which are the inbred progeny of mice selected, respectively, for high and(More)
1. Exercise and contractions of isolated skeletal muscle induce phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) by undefined mechanisms. The aim of the present study was to determine exercise-related triggering factors for the increased phosphorylation of MAPKs in isolated rat extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscle. 2. Concentric or eccentric(More)
The main goal of the study was to explore the genetic architecture underlying muscle weight in old mice. Weight of soleus, tibialis anterior (TA), extensor digitorum longus (EDL), and gastrocnemius muscles was measured in the C57BL/6J (B6) and DBA/2J (D2) strains and derivative generations: a panel of the BXD recombinant inbred (RI) strains and a B6D2 F2(More)
Although mice are the most widely used mammalian model organism, genetic studies have suffered from limited mapping resolution due to extensive linkage disequilibrium (LD) that is characteristic of crosses among inbred strains. Carworth Farms White (CFW) mice are a commercially available outbred mouse population that exhibit rapid LD decay in comparison to(More)