AMPKα2 is a skeletal muscle stem cell intrinsic regulator of myonuclear accretion

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  • Anita Kneppers
  • Sabrina Ben Larbi
  • Marine Theret
  • Audrey Saugues
  • Carole Dabadie
  • Linda Gsaier
  • Arnaud Ferry
  • Philipp Rhein
  • Julien Gondin
  • Sakamoto, Kei
  • Rémi Mounier

Due to the post-mitotic nature of skeletal muscle fibers, adult muscle maintenance relies on dedicated muscle stem cells (MuSCs). In most physiological contexts, MuSCs support myofiber homeostasis by contributing to myonuclear accretion, which requires a coordination of cell-type specific events between the myofiber and MuSCs. Here, we addressed the role of the kinase AMPKα2 in the coordination of these events supporting myonuclear accretion. We demonstrate that AMPKα2 deletion impairs skeletal muscle regeneration. Through in vitro assessments of MuSC myogenic fate and EdU-based cell tracing, we reveal a MuSC-specific role of AMPKα2 in the regulation of myonuclear accretion, which is mediated by phosphorylation of the non-metabolic substrate BAIAP2. Similar cell tracing in vivo shows that AMPKα2 knockout mice have a lower rate of myonuclear accretion during regeneration, and that MuSC-specific AMPKα2 deletion decreases myonuclear accretion in response to myofiber contraction. Together, this demonstrates that AMPKα2 is a MuSC-intrinsic regulator of myonuclear accretion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108343
Issue number12
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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    Research areas

  • cell Biology, Molecular biology experimental approach, Molecular mechanism of behavior, Specialized functions of cells, Stem cells research

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