alexa Extrinsic Regulation of Satellite Cell Function and Muscle Regeneration Capacity during Aging
ISSN: 2157-7633

Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy
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Extrinsic Regulation of Satellite Cell Function and Muscle Regeneration Capacity during Aging

Chakkalakal JV1 and Brack AS1,2*

1Center of Regenerative Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA

2Harvard Stem Cell Institute, 135 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02138, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Brack AS
Center of Regenerative Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School, Boston
Massachusetts 02114, USA
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: September 04, 2012; Accepted date: September 24, 2012; Published date: September 26, 2012

Citation: Chakkalakal JV, Brack AS (2012) Extrinsic Regulation of Satellite Cell Function and Muscle Regeneration Capacity during Aging. J Stem Cell Res Ther S11:001. doi:10.4172/2157-7633.S11-001

Copyright: © 2012 Chakkalakal JV, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Optimal regeneration of skeletal muscle in response to injury requires the contribution of tissue resident stem cells termed satellite cells. Normally residing at the interface between the muscle fiber and overlying basal lamina it is generally understood with age the satellite cell pool exhibits decline both in number and function. Over the past decade mechanisms that contribute to these declines have begun to emerge. Implicit in aged-related satellite cell dysfunction and decline is the involvement of signals from the environment. Many of the signals that become deregulated with age have conserved functions during distinct stages of muscle fiber formation both in early development and regeneration. In particular, modulations in Wnt, TGFβ, Notch and FGF emanating from aged skeletal muscle fibers or the systemic milieu have emerged as age-related alterations that significantly impact both the maintenance of the satellite cell pool and skeletal muscle regenerative efficacy. In this review we will summarize how the aforementioned pathways contribute to skeletal muscle development and regeneration.

We will then discuss deregulation of these cascades with age and how they contribute to satellite cell depletion and dysfunction. The review will also summarize some of the challenges we face in trying to draw parallels between murine and human satellite cell aging. Finally, we will highlight the few examples whereby FDA approved drugs may be exploited to modulate specific signaling cascades in effort to preserve skeletal muscle regenerative function with age.


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