Award funds study of mus­cle at­ro­phy

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

FAYET­TEVILLE — An ex­er­cise science re­searcher at the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville has re­ceived a three-year, $412,668 fed­eral grant to study the pre­ven­tion of mus­cle at­ro­phy.

Nicholas Greene is the re­cip­i­ent of a grant from the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Arthri­tis and Mus­cu­loskele­tal and Skin Dis­eases, a part of the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health.

“If a per­son with can­cer can main­tain the rest of the body health, in­clud­ing pre­vent­ing mus­cle wast­ing, their chance of sur­vival is bet­ter,” Greene, a UA as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor, said in a state­ment.

Greene will work with other re­searchers on the project at UA and else­where. The project will in­volve the study of mi­to­chon­dria, a part of hu­man cells that con­verts sub­stances like glu­cose into en­ergy.

“It’s our idea that mi­to­chon­dria might de­gen­er­ate be­fore mus­cle wast­ing be­gins,” Greene said. If mi­to­chon­dria health can be pre­served, mus­cle wast­ing might be pre­vented, he said.

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