Eukaryotic initiation factor 2B epsilon induces cap-dependent translation and skeletal muscle hypertrophy

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  • The purpose of this study was to identify signalling components known to control mRNA translation initiation in skeletal muscle that are responsive to mechanical load and may be partly responsible for myofibre hypertrophy. To accomplish this, we first utilized a human cluster model in which skeletal muscle samples from subjects with widely divergent hypertrophic responses to resistance training were used for the identification of signalling proteins associated with the degree myofibre hypertrophy. We found that of 11 translational signalling molecules examined, the response of p(T421/S424)-p70S6K phosphorylation and total eukaryotic initiation factor 2Be{open} (eIF2Be{open}) protein abundance after a single bout of unaccustomed resistance exercise was associated with myofibre hypertrophy following 16 weeks of training. Follow up studies revealed that overexpression of eIF2Be{open} alone was sufficient to induce an 87% increase in cap-dependent translation in L6 myoblasts in vitro and 21% hypertrophy of myofibres in mouse skeletal muscle in vivo (P < 0.05). However, genetically altering p70S6K activity had no impact on eIF2Be{open} protein abundance in mouse skeletal muscle in vivo or multiple cell lines in vitro (P > 0.05), suggesting that the two phenomena were not directly related. These are the first data that mechanistically link eIF2Be{open} abundance to skeletal myofibre hypertrophy, and indicate that eIF2Be{open} abundance may at least partially underlie the widely divergent hypertrophic phenotypes in human skeletal muscle exposed to mechanical stimuli. © 2011 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2011 The Physiological Society.
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  • Mayhew DL; Hornberger TA; Lincoln HC; Bamman MM
  • Start Page

  • 3023
  • End Page

  • 3037
  • Volume

  • 589
  • Issue

  • 12