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Effects of exercise training on cardiac apoptosis in obese rats.
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PMID:  22402061     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of exercise training on cardiac apoptotic pathways in obesity. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixteen lean Zucker rats (LZR) and sixteen obese Zucker rats (OZR) of 5-6 months of age as well as the other sixteen obese rats were subjected to treadmill running exercise for 1 h everyday for 3 months (OZR-EX). After exercise training or sedentary status of the rats, the excised hearts from the three groups were measured by heart weight index, H&E staining, TUNEL assays and Western blotting. Cardiac TUNEL-positive apoptotic cells, the protein levels of TNF alpha, Fas ligand, Fas receptors, Fas-associated death domain (FADD), Bad, Bax, activated caspase 8, activated caspase 9, and activated caspase 3 were higher in OZR than those in LZR. The protein levels of TNF alpha, Fas ligand, Fas receptors, FADD, activated caspase 8, and activated caspase 3 (Fas pathway) and the protein levels of Bad, Bax, Bax-to-Bcl2 ratio, activated caspase 9, and activated caspase 3 (mitochondria pathway) were lower in OZR-EX than those in OZR. CONCLUSION: Cardiac Fas-dependent and mitochondria-dependent apoptotic pathways become more activated in obesity. Exercise training can prevent obesity-activated cardiac Fas-dependent and mitochondria-dependent apoptotic pathways. Our findings demonstrate a new therapeutic effect of exercise training to prevent delirious cardiac Fas-mediated and mitochondria-mediated apoptosis in obesity.
S-D Lee; W-C Shyu; I-S Cheng; C-H Kuo; Y-S Chan; Y-M Lin; C-Y Tasi; C-H Tsai; T-J Ho; C-Y Huang
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nutrition, metabolism, and cardiovascular diseases : NMCD     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1590-3729     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
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Created Date:  2012-3-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9111474     Medline TA:  Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Physical Therapy, Graduate Institute of Rehabilitation Science, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan; Department of Healthcare Administration, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan.
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