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Nouveau bénéfices de la mélatonine contre le cancer?

07/12/2018 | Etudes Compléments alimentaires et Etudes Perte de poids et Etudes Anti-âge


Adjuvant chemotherapy with melatonin for targeting human cancers: A review
Masoud Najafi         Journal of Cellular Physiology           07 September 2018

Melatonin is a multifunctional hormone that has long been known for its antitumoral effects. An advantage of the application of melatonin in cancer therapy is its ability to differentially influence tumors from normal cells. In this review, the roles of melatonin adjuvant therapy in human cancer are discussed.

Combination of melatonin with chemotherapy could provide synergistic antitumoral outcomes and resolve drug resistance in affected patients. This combination reduces the dosage for chemotherapeutic agents with the subsequent attenuation of side effects related to these drugs on normal cells around tumor and on healthy organs. The combination therapy increases the rate of survival and improves the quality of life in affected patients. Cancer cell viability is reduced after application of the combinational melatonin therapy.

Melatonin does all these functions by adjusting the signals involved in cancer progression, re‐establishing the dark/light circadian rhythm, and disrupting the redox system for cancer cells. To achieve effective therapeutic outcomes, melatonin concentration along with the time of incubation for this indoleamine needs to be adjusted. Importantly, a special focus is required to be made on choosing an appropriate chemotherapy agent for using in combination with melatonin. Because of different sensitivities of cancer cells for melatonin combination therapy, cancer‐specific targeted therapy is also needed to be considered. For this review, the PubMed database was searched for relevant articles based on the quality of journals, the novelty of articles published by the journals, and the number of citations per year focusing only on human cancers.

De la carnosine pour la régénération nerveuse?

07/12/2018 | Etudes sur les hormones et Echauffement et blessures et Etudes Compléments alimentaires et Etudes Anti-âge


Carnosine improves functional recovery and structural regeneration after sciatic nerve crush injury in rats
Navideh Mirzakhani             Life Sciences volume 215, 15 December 2018, Pages 22-30

Peripheral nerve injury represents a substantial clinical problem with insufficient or unsatisfactory treatment options. Current researches have extensively focused on the new approaches for the treatment of peripheral nerve injuries. Carnosine is a naturally occurring pleotropic dipeptide and has many biological functions such as antioxidant property. In the present study, we examined the regenerative ability of carnosine after sciatic nerve crush injury using behavioral, biochemical, histological and ultrastructural evaluations.

Materials and methods
Seventy-two rats were divided into six groups including control, sham, crush and carnosine (10, 20 and 40 mg/kg) groups. Crush injury in left sciatic nerve was induced by a small haemostatic forceps. Carnosine was administered for 15 consecutive days after induction of crush injury. Sciatic functional index (SFI) was recorded weekly. Histopathological and ultrastructural evaluations were made using light and electron microscopes, respectively. Sciatic nerve tissue malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) levels were measured. Gastrocnemius muscle weight was determined.

Key findings
Carnosine at the doses of 20 and 40 mg/kg accelerated SFI recovery. Wallerian degeneration severity and myelinated fibers density, myelin sheath thickness and diameter as well as ultrastructural changes of myelinated axons were improved. It also recovered nerve tissue biochemical (MDA, SOD and TNF-α) changes induced by crush injury. Muscle weight ratio was reached to near normal values.

Our results suggest a regenerative effect of carnosine. Inhibition of oxidative stress and inflammatory pathways, along with provocation of myelination and prevention of muscular atrophy might be involved in this effect of carnosine.

Carnosine treatment might be considered as a therapeutic agent for peripheral nerve regeneration and its functional recovery.

Peut-on perdre du muscle en gardant sa force au régime?

28/11/2018 | Etudes Musculation et Etudes Perte de poids


Si tu veux clacher tous les coachs à la mode

A Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet Reduces Body Mass Without Compromising Performance in Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting Athletes
Greene, David A       The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: December 2018 - Volume 32 - Issue 12 - p 3373–3382

There is evidence that low carbohydrate diets might offer specific advantages for weight reduction without the negative impact on strength and power previously hypothesized to accompany carbohydrate restriction. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine whether a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet (LCKD) could be used as a weight reduction strategy for athletes competing in the weight class sports of powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting.

Fourteen intermediate to elite competitive lifting athletes (age 34 ± 10.5, n = 5 female) consumed an ad libitum usual diet (UD) (>250 g daily intake of carbohydrates) and an ad libitum LCKD (≤50 g or ≤10% daily intake of carbohydrates) in random order, each for 3 months in a crossover design. Lifting performance, body composition, resting metabolic rate, blood glucose, and blood electrolytes were measured at baseline, 3 months, and 6 months.

The LCKD phase resulted in significantly lower body mass (−3.26 kg, p = 0.038) and lean mass (−2.26 kg, p = 0.016) compared with the UD phase.

Lean mass losses were not reflected in lifting performances that were not different between dietary phases.

No other differences in primary or secondary outcome measures were found between dietary phases. Weight class athletes consuming an ad libitum LCKD decreased body mass and achieved lifting performances that were comparable with their UD. Coaches and athletes should consider using an LCKD to achieve targeted weight reduction goals for weight class sports.

Etre bon en cardio enfant aide-t’il à prendre du muscle plus tard?

02/11/2018 | Etudes cardio et Etudes Musculation


Physiological adaptations to resistance training in rats selectively bred for low and high response to aerobic exercise training
Juha P. Ahtiainen         Experimental Physiology banner                 05 September 2018

1 New Findings
What is the central question of this study?

Can phenotypic traits associated with low response to one mode of training be extrapolated to other exercise‐inducible phenotypes? The present study investigated whether rats that are low responders to endurance training are also low responders to resistance training.

What is the main finding and its importance?

After resistance training, rats that are high responders to aerobic exercise training improved more in maximal strength compared with low‐responder rats. However, the greater gain in strength in high‐responder rats was not accompanied by muscle hypertrophy, suggesting that the responses observed could be mainly neural in origin.

The purpose of this study was to determine whether rats selectively bred for low and high response to aerobic exercise training co‐segregate for differences in muscle adaptations to ladder‐climbing resistance training. Five high‐responder (HRT) and five low‐responder (LRT) rats completed the resistance training, while six HRT and six LRT rats served as sedentary control animals. Before and after the 6 week intervention, body composition was determined by dual energy X‐ray absorptiometry. Before tissue harvesting, the right triceps surae muscles were loaded by electrical stimulation. Muscle fibre cross‐sectional areas, nuclei per cell, phosphorylation status of selected signalling proteins of mTOR and Smad pathways, and muscle protein, DNA and RNA concentrations were determined for the right gastrocnemius muscle. The daily protein synthesis rate was determined by the deuterium oxide method from the left quadriceps femoris muscle. Tissue weights of fore‐ and hindlimb muscles were measured. In response to resistance training, maximal carrying capacity was greater in HRT (∼3.3 times body mass) than LRT (∼2.5 times body mass), indicating greater improvements of strength in HRT. However, muscle hypertrophy that could be related to greater strength gains in HRT was not observed. Furthermore, noteworthy changes within the experimental groups or differences between groups were not observed in the present measures. The lack of hypertrophic muscular adaptations despite considerable increases in muscular strength suggest that adaptations to the present ladder‐climbing training in HRT and LRT rats were largely induced by neural adaptations.

Utilisation de plaquettes contre les blessures

25/10/2018 | Etudes sur les hormones et Echauffement et blessures


Platelet releasate promotes skeletal myogenesis by increasing muscle stem cell commitment to differentiation and accelerates muscle regeneration following acute injury
David Scully Acta Physiol : 19 October 2018

The use of platelets as biomaterials has gained intense research interest. However, the mechanisms regarding platelet‐mediated skeletal myogenesis remain to be established. The aim of this study was to determine the role of platelet releasate in skeletal myogenesis and muscle stem cell fate in vitro and ex vivo respectively.

We analysed the effect of platelet releasate on proliferation and differentiation of C2C12 myoblasts by means of cell proliferation assays, immunohistochemistry, gene expression and cell bioenergetics. We expanded in vitro findings on single muscle fibres by determining the effect of platelet releasate on murine skeletal muscle stem cells using protein expression profiles for key myogenic regulatory factors.

TRAP6 and collagen used for releasate preparation had a more pronounced effect on myoblast proliferation versus thrombin and sonicated platelets (P<0.05). In addition, platelet concentration positively correlated with myoblast proliferation. Platelet releasate increased myoblast and muscle stem cell proliferation in a dose‐dependent manner, which was mitigated by VEGFR and PDGFR inhibition. Inhibition of VEGFR and PDGFR ablated MyoD expression on proliferating muscle stem cells, compromising their commitment to differentiation in muscle fibres (P<0.001). Platelet releasate was detrimental for myoblast fusion and affected differentiation of myoblasts in a temporal manner. Most importantly we show that platelet releasate promotes skeletal myogenesis through the PDGF/VEGF‐Cyclin D1‐MyoD‐Scrib‐Myogenin axis and accelerates skeletal muscle regeneration after acute injury.

This study provides novel mechanistic insights on the role of platelet releasate in skeletal myogenesis and set the physiological basis for exploiting platelets as biomaterials in regenerative medicine.

Toutes les techniques d’entraînement se valent t-elles chez le débutant?

18/10/2018 | Etudes Musculation


Load and time under tension do not determine motor unit
activation during resistance exercise performed to volitional
failure in young, healthy men

R.W. Morton   Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. Vol. 43, 2018       S83

We aimed to determine if performing resistance exercise (RE) to volitional
failure with heavier or lighter loads and shorter or longer times
under tension would result in similar motor unit activation.

Ten recreationally
active young men performed three sets of unilateral knee
extension exercise that varied in speed of contraction and load:
80%RM Regular (80R; 1 eccentric: 1 pause: 1 concentric), 80%RM Slow
(80S; 3:1:3), 30%RM Regular (30R; 1:1:1) and 30%RM Slow (30S; 3:1:3).
Peak EMG amplitude increased in every condition but was higher in
the heavy-load conditions during the first and last repetitions of each
set. The integrated EMG signal was higher in the light-load conditions.
Maximum voluntary force decreased between each set in every condition
with no difference between conditions. At rest, type II muscle
fibres had more glycogen than type I fibres with no difference between
type IIA and type IIX fibres. There were no differences in glycogen
depletion between conditions; however, glycogen depletion was
greater in type II than type I fibres and type IIA fibres depleted more
than type IIX fibres.

We conclude that performing RE to volitional
failure results in significant fatigue and motor unit activation that is
similar regardless of load or speed of contraction.

Efficacité des repos extrêmes entre les séries?

18/10/2018 | Etudes cardio et Echauffement et blessures et Etudes Musculation


Sprint exercise snacks: A novel approach to increase aerobic

G. Jackson         Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. Vol. 43, 2018

Sprint interval training (SIT) is a time-efficient way to improve aerobic
fitness. The purpose of this study was to determine if performing
isolated sprints throughout the day with longer (>1 hour) rest periods
(i.e., “sprint snacks”) could comparably improve aerobic capacity. In a
randomized pilot trial, healthy, young, inactive participants performed
six weeks of training (3 d/wk) as either sprint snacks (SS; 3x20
sec with 1-4-hour rest, n=12) or SIT (3x20 sec with 3-minute rest within
a 10-minute session, n=16).

The primary outcome was peak oxygen
uptake (V˙ O2peak) assessed before and after training. Absolute
V˙ O2peak increased by 4% after SS and 6% after SIT (main effect of
time P = 0.004) with no difference between groups (group X time
interaction, P = 0.559). In SIT, exercise enjoyment increased from the
first training session (3.8 ± 1.4) to final training session (5.2 ± 1.2)
whereas enjoyment of SS did not change (4.8 ± 1.9 to 4.5 ± 1.4) (group X
time interaction, P = 0.01). Performing three all-out intensity “sprint
snacks” spread throughout the day can lead to similar aerobic adaptations
when compared to a time-efficient SIT protocol involving the
same number and length of sprints.
Future research should examine
whether sprint snacks can be translated into an effective real-world

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