Dissecting Murine Muscle Stem Cell Aging through Regeneration Using Integrative Genomic Analysis

Cell Rep. 2020 Jul 28;32(4):107964. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.107964.


During aging, there is a progressive loss of volume and function in skeletal muscle that impacts mobility and quality of life. The repair of skeletal muscle is regulated by tissue-resident stem cells called satellite cells (or muscle stem cells [MuSCs]), but in aging, MuSCs decrease in numbers and regenerative capacity. The transcriptional networks and epigenetic changes that confer diminished regenerative function in MuSCs as a result of natural aging are only partially understood. Herein, we use an integrative genomics approach to profile MuSCs from young and aged animals before and after injury. Integration of these datasets reveals aging impacts multiple regulatory changes through significant differences in gene expression, metabolic flux, chromatin accessibility, and patterns of transcription factor (TF) binding activities. Collectively, these datasets facilitate a deeper understanding of the regulation tissue-resident stem cells use during aging and healing.

Keywords: 1-carbon metabolism; Ddit3; MyoD; expression; heterochromatin; regeneration; transcription factor binding; vitamin A.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aging / metabolism
  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Cellular Senescence / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genomics / methods
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Muscle Cells / metabolism
  • Muscle, Skeletal / metabolism
  • Myoblasts / metabolism
  • Regeneration / physiology
  • Satellite Cells, Skeletal Muscle / metabolism*
  • Stem Cells / metabolism*