Rejuvenation of the aged neuromuscular junction by exercise

Tabita Kreko-Pierce, Benjamin A. Eaton

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Age-dependent declines in muscle function are observed across species. The loss of mobility resulting from the decline in muscle function represents an important health issue and a key determinant of quality of life for the elderly. It is believed that changes in the structure and function of the neuromuscular junction are important contributors to the observed declines in motor function with increased age. Numerous studies indicate that the aging muscle is an important contributor to the deterioration of the neuromuscular junction but the cellular and molecular mechanisms driving the degeneration of the synapse remain incompletely described. Importantly, growing data from both animal models and humans indicate that exercise can rejuvenate the neuromuscular junction and improve motor function. In this review we will focus on the role of muscle-derived neurotrophin signaling in the rejuvenation of the aged neuromuscular junction in response to exercise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalCell Stress
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • Aging
  • Exercise
  • Neuromuscular junction
  • Neurotrophin
  • Retrograde signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Physiology
  • Cancer Research


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