Tumour necrosis factor-alpha increases the ubiquitinization of rat skeletal muscle proteins

FEBS Lett. 1993 Jun 1;323(3):211-4. doi: 10.1016/0014-5793(93)81341-v.


An acute intravenous administration of 100 micrograms/kg body weight of recombinant tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) resulted in a time-dependent increase in the levels of both free and conjugated ubiquitin in rat skeletal muscle. The effects of the cytokine were more pronounced in the red muscle soleus than in the white muscle EDL. In the former muscle type, TNF-treatment also resulted in a time-dependent increase in the percentage of free ubiquitin. The results suggest that the ubiquitin system for non-lysosomal protein degradation could have a very important role in the mechanism triggered by TNF which is responsible for enhanced muscle proteolysis in sepsis and other pathological states.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blotting, Western
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Female
  • Kinetics
  • Molecular Weight
  • Muscle Proteins / isolation & purification
  • Muscle Proteins / metabolism*
  • Muscles / drug effects
  • Muscles / metabolism*
  • Organ Specificity
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / pharmacology*
  • Ubiquitins / metabolism*


  • Muscle Proteins
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • Ubiquitins