Aims: Voluntary exercise training has cardioprotective effects in humans, but the underlying mechanism is unknown. This research was done to estimate the effect of voluntary exercise training to attenuate middle-aged maturity-induced cardiac apoptosis. Materials and methods: The study was designed to divide 64 male mice randomly into four groups, consisting of a 9-month sedentary pre-middle-aged group (9M), 15-month sedentary middle-aged group (15M), and two exercise groups using a voluntary wheel running respectively (9M+EX, 15M+EX). After 3 months, the condition of cardiac apoptosis in different groups was measured by HE dying, TUNEL and DAPI staining, and Western Blot analysis. Key findings: TUNEL-positive cells were increased in 15M group compared with 9M group, while decreased in 9M+EX and 15M+EX groups compared with their control groups respectively. Protein levels of AIF, Endo G, TNF-α, TNFR1, TRAF2, TRADD, Fas, FasL, FADD, activated caspase 8, 3, 9, Bax/Bcl2, Bak/BclxL, and tBid were decreased in 9M+EX and 15M+EX groups compared with their control groups respectively. The protein levels of pBad/Bad, 14-3-3, IGF1, IGFR1, pPI3K/PI3K, and pAKT/AKT were more activated in the 9M+EX and 15M+EX groups than those in their control groups respectively. Significant differences were found between 9M group and 15M group for the protein levels of TRAF2, FADD, Bax/Bcl2, tBid and pAKT/AKT. Significance: Voluntary exercise training as an important lifestyle modification may prevent cardiac widely dispersed apoptosis and enhance cardiac survival at middle-aged maturity.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)