Journal article

Role of beta-adrenoceptor signaling in skeletal muscle: Implications for muscle wasting and disease

Gordon S Lynch, James G Ryall

Physiological Reviews | AMER PHYSIOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2008


The importance of beta-adrenergic signaling in the heart has been well documented, but it is only more recently that we have begun to understand the importance of this signaling pathway in skeletal muscle. There is considerable evidence regarding the stimulation of the beta-adrenergic system with beta-adrenoceptor agonists (beta-agonists). Although traditionally used for treating bronchospasm, it became apparent that some beta-agonists could increase skeletal muscle mass and decrease body fat. These so-called "repartitioning effects" proved desirable for the livestock industry trying to improve feed efficiency and meat quality. Studying beta-agonist effects on skeletal muscle has identified ..

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