Understanding Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Fiber Type-specific Expression of Muscle Genes

2020-04-20T22:32:02Z (GMT) by Max Andrews Anton Bryantsev
Skeletal muscle is a compound tissue made of individual muscle fibers. To accommodate everyday activities, such as walking, running, jumping, etc., our muscles are composed of several types of fibers, each expressing a unique set of muscle genes. Interestingly, early in development all muscles in the body are made of the same fiber type, but later they acquire different properties. The mechanism of muscle fiber diversity is not clear, although it may be critical in treating muscle-related diseases or enhancing physical performance. The goal of my project is to identify critical genes and possible mechanisms that control the fate of muscle fibers.