A team of researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University of Copenhagen have discovered a gene that is activated during exercise. It can be used to influence the muscles without exercise. An article about the study was published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

Scientific experts report that regular sports and exercise improve human health – this is a well-known fact. But identifying the specific mechanisms involved in building muscle mass is much more difficult. As part of a new study, experts from Denmark and Australia studied the molecular responses in muscles before, during and after various exercises.

Using the data, the scientists analyzed how the muscle response changed after different types of exercise in each volunteer, as well as how consistent the changes were in different people. As a result, a previously unknown gene called C18ORF25 was identified, which was most often activated in all subjects.

The researchers then bred several lab mice, some lacking the C18ORF25 gene, while others had elevated levels. The first group developed more slowly due to weak muscles and lack of physical activity, while the second group showed excellent results. The higher the activity of the C18ORF25 gene, the stronger the muscles of the animals became.

According to Dr. Parker, exercise can prevent many diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many types of cancer. If researchers can find an effective use for the new gene, all these diseases will become less dangerous for humans, he notes.

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