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PPARδ regulates satellite cell proliferation and skeletal muscle regeneration

Alison R Angione1, Chunhui Jiang1, Dongning Pan2, Yong-Xu Wang2 and Shihuan Kuang13*

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1 Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University, 901 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA

2 Program in Gene Function and Expression and Program in Molecular Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 364 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605, USA

3 Center for Cancer Research, Purdue University, 201 S. University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA

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Skeletal Muscle 2011, 1:33  doi:10.1186/2044-5040-1-33

Published: 1 November 2011


Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are a class of nuclear receptors that play important roles in development and energy metabolism. Whereas PPARδ has been shown to regulate mitochondrial biosynthesis and slow-muscle fiber types, its function in skeletal muscle progenitors (satellite cells) is unknown. Since constitutive mutation of Pparδ leads to embryonic lethality, we sought to address this question by conditional knockout (cKO) of Pparδ using Myf5-Cre/Pparδflox/flox alleles to ablate PPARδ in myogenic progenitor cells. Although Pparδ-cKO mice were born normally and initially displayed no difference in body weight, muscle size or muscle composition, they later developed metabolic syndrome, which manifested as increased body weight and reduced response to glucose challenge at age nine months. Pparδ-cKO mice had 40% fewer satellite cells than their wild-type littermates, and these satellite cells exhibited reduced growth kinetics and proliferation in vitro. Furthermore, regeneration of Pparδ-cKO muscles was impaired after cardiotoxin-induced injury. Gene expression analysis showed reduced expression of the Forkhead box class O transcription factor 1 (FoxO1) gene in Pparδ-cKO muscles under both quiescent and regenerating conditions, suggesting that PPARδ acts through FoxO1 in regulating muscle progenitor cells. These results support a function of PPARδ in regulating skeletal muscle metabolism and insulin sensitivity, and they establish a novel role of PPARδ in muscle progenitor cells and postnatal muscle regeneration.

Cre/LoxP; skeletal muscle; stem cell; proliferation; differentiation; self-renewal