Divergent response of metabolite transport proteins in human skeletal muscle after sprint interval training and detraining

Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2007 May;292(5):R1970-6. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00503.2006. Epub 2007 Feb 15.


Skeletal muscle primarily relies on carbohydrate (CHO) for energy provision during high-intensity exercise. We hypothesized that sprint interval training (SIT), or repeated sessions of high-intensity exercise, would induce rapid changes in transport proteins associated with CHO metabolism, whereas changes in skeletal muscle fatty acid transporters would occur more slowly. Eight active men (22 +/- 1 yr; peak oxygen uptake = 50 +/- 2 ml.kg(-1).min(-1)) performed 4-6 x 30 s all-out cycling efforts with 4-min recovery, 3 days/wk for 6 wk. Needle muscle biopsy samples (vastus lateralis) were obtained before training (Pre), after 1 and 6 wk of SIT, and after 1 and 6 wk of detraining. Muscle oxidative capacity, as reflected by the protein content of cytochrome c oxidase subunit 4 (COX4), increased by approximately 35% after 1 wk of SIT and remained higher compared with Pre, even after 6 wk of detraining (P < 0.05). Muscle GLUT4 content increased after 1 wk of SIT and remained approximately 20% higher compared with baseline during detraining (P < 0.05). The monocarboxylate tranporter (MCT) 4 was higher after 1 and 6 wk of SIT compared with Pre, whereas MCT1 increased after 6 wk of training and remained higher after 1 wk of detraining (P < 0.05). There was no effect of training or detraining on the muscle content of fatty acid translocase (FAT/CD36) or plasma membrane associated fatty acid binding protein (FABPpm) (P > 0.05). We conclude that short-term SIT induces rapid increases in skeletal muscle oxidative capacity but has divergent effects on proteins associated with glucose, lactate, and fatty acid transport.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism*
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Muscle Proteins / genetics
  • Muscle Proteins / metabolism
  • Muscle, Skeletal / metabolism*
  • Time Factors


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Muscle Proteins