Researchers in mice have found a way to fight the aging of muscle stem cells
As we age, our muscles begin to weaken and shrink. This is called sarcopenia. But new research on mice at the University of Michigan provides new insight into this process and offers ways to prevent it.
Sarcopenia, or the loss of muscle mass as we age, is linked to osteoarthritis and other age-related diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as a reduction in overall function and independence.
Carlos Aguilar is a U-M assistant biomedical engineer professor who led the research. The stem cells of muscle are only dedicated to maintaining healthy muscles. To better understand stem cells function during aging and to test two groups of mice, \”young\” (before muscle injury) and \”old\”, the research was done on both sets.