Coffee treatment prevents the progression of sarcopenia in aged mice in vivo and in vitro

Yinting Guo, Kaijun Niu, Tatsuma Okazaki, Hongmei Wu, Takeo Yoshikawa, Takashi Ohrui, Katsutoshi Furukawa, Masakazu Ichinose, Kazuhiko Yanai, Hiroyuki Arai, Guowei Huang, Ryoichi Nagatomi

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Sarcopenia is characterized by the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength, which results in higher mortality in aged people. One of the mechanisms of the sarcopenia is the loss in the function and number of muscle satellite cells. Chronic low-grade inflammation plays a central role in the pathogenesis of age-related sarcopenia. Accumulating evidence suggests that coffee, one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, has potential pharmacological benefits such as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. Since these effects may improve sarcopenia and the functions of satellite cells, we examined the effects of coffee on the skeletal muscles in an animal model using aged mice. In vivo, coffee treatment attenuated the decrease in the muscle weight and grip strength, increased the regenerating capacity of injured muscles, and decreased the serum pro-inflammatory mediator levels compared to controls. In vitro, using satellite cells isolated from aged mice, coffee treatment increased the cell proliferation rate, augmented the cell cycle, and increased the activation level of Akt intra-cellular signaling pathway compared to controls. These findings suggest that the coffee treatment had a beneficial effect on age-related sarcopenia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Gerontology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb


  • Aged mice
  • Akt signaling
  • Coffee
  • Inflammation levels
  • Sarcopenia
  • Satellite cells


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