Hormone Replacement Therapy and Messenger RNA Expression of Estrogen Receptor Coregulators after Exercise in Postmenopausal Women

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To evaluate changes in the messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of ER coregulators (steroid receptor coactivator-1 (SRC-1) and silencing mediator of retinoid and thyroid receptors (SMRT)) in postmenopausal women after a maximal eccentric exercise bout.


Fourteen postmenopausal women were divided into two groups: Control, women not using HRT (n = 6, 59.2 ± 4.2 yr, 63.1 ± 17.4 kg); or HRT, women using traditional HRT (n = 8, 58.5 ± 3.7 yr, 89.5 ± 23.7 kg). Participants performed 10 sets of 10 maximal eccentric repetitions of single-leg extension on the Cybex dynamometer at 60°·s−1 with 20-s rest periods between sets. Muscle biopsies of the vastus lateralis were obtained from the exercised leg at baseline and 4 h after the exercise bout. mRNA expression was determined using real-time polymerase chain reaction for SRC-1 and SMRT.


mRNA expression of SRC-1 significantly increased (P ≤ 0.01; 2.4- to 5.2-fold change) and mRNA expression of SMRT significantly decreased (P ≤ 0.01; −1.3- to −4.3-fold change) after the exercise bout in both groups. We observed significantly greater changes in mRNA expression of SRC-1 and SMRT (P ≤ 0.01) in the HRT group compared with controls after exercise.


A single bout of maximal eccentric exercise enhances ER transcriptional activity with a greater response present in postmenopausal women using HRT.

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