NIH scientists identify gene that could hold the key to muscle repair – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. The process which enables the body to repair damaged muscle, works quite well. But Dr. Vittorio Sartorelli, a senior investigator at NIH says muscles will deteriorate because of injury or age.
Sartorelli: Because of the mechanical properties of the muscle every time that there is contraction there is some sort of wear and tear effect.
Narrator: Now researchers are studying the roll of specialized cells called satellite cells, and a particular gene that affects satellite cell growth. Scientists found that when they turned off a specific gene in satellite cells, muscle damage caused by injury was not repaired. For more information on this research, visit www.niams.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
About NIH Radio
NIH Radio offers free audio news programs from the National Institutes of Health, your reliable source for health information.
All NIH Radio content is in the public domain and can be used without charge or restriction provided that it is not used to misrepresent our agency nor used to suggest we endorse any private organization, product, or service.
NIH Radio is a service of the Office of Communications & Public Liaison.