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? DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The current submission is a revised application for our grant on effects of exercise in the receptor of G protein signaling 14 (RGS14) knock out (KO) mouse. The RGS14 KO model, demonstrates enhanced exercise tolerance and energy utilization, resulting not only in longevity, but more significantly, healthful aging. The RGS14 KO reduces beta adrenergic receptor signaling, which might be consistent with longevity, but novel and unexpected as a mechanism for improved exercise, the focus of this application, since enhanced beta adrenergic receptor signaling has always been associated with improved exercise performance. The RGS14 KO model has the additional novel, salutary attribute of increased brown adipose tissue, which is known to increase energy utilization and protect against diabetes, but is not known to mediate enhanced exercise performance, which will be examined in this application. Another key feature of the RGS14 KO is its ability to increase angiogenesis, which would also enhance exercise performance, since limitation of blood flow to exercising muscle causes exercise to cease. The major focus of the current application is to examine the physiological and molecular mechanisms mediating the brown adipose tissue and angiogenesis induced enhanced exercise capacity in the RGS14 KO model. This is important because reduced exercise tolerance is central to all patients with cardiovascular and other diseases, impairing a healthy life style and aging, and conversely enhanced exercise protects against disease and extends longevity. The RGS14 KO also mimics the beneficial features of exercise training. Accordingly, developing an RGS14 inhibitor that can be given to patients would recapitulate the beneficial effects of exercise training without the burden placed on patients to undergo daily exercise. This last point is the focus of Aim C1 in this application.
Effective start/end date9/1/116/30/21


  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: $500,837.00
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: $500,837.00
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: $500,837.00
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: $500,837.00


  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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