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Nutrients and Muscle Disease

Call for Papers

Based on the notion that nutrients may exert a variety of beneficial effects on the skeletal muscle, in the last 20 years there has been a great deal of interest in nutritional strategies aiming to attenuate signs and symptoms of muscle diseases. Traditionally the overall interest on this approach has been focused on its potential efficacy to enhance muscle throphism and/or performance and/or energy supply. However, a large number of variables influence the muscular outcomes of the nutrients and nutritional supplements, strongly depending on the pathophysiology of the muscle disease and the nutrient type.

Overall many nutrients may exert potential beneficial roles in several myopathies, although the underlying cellular mechanisms, optimal dosage schedule, and duration of pretreatment/treatment are currently unknown. Thus, we invite investigators worldwide to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the effects of nutrients in muscle diseases. In particular, this special issue aims to become a forum for researchers to summarize the most recent studies in this field, to propose novel strategies to minimize muscle degeneration and disease, and to identify reliable biomarkers and outcomes of their efficacy. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Role of diet components for muscle structure and function
  • Effects of macronutrients on muscle of myopathic subjects
  • Effects of nutritional supplements in age-related disorders, including sarcopenia, and metabolic, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative disorders
  • Role of food bioactive compounds in inherited and acquired myopathies
  • Nutrigenomics research in muscle disease
  • Identification of biomarkers of benefits on muscle physiology/biology by nutrient supplementation

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/biochemistry/mdis/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 25 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 18 July 2014
Publication DateFriday, 12 September 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Giuseppe D'Antona, Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Enzo Nisoli, Department of Medical Biotechnology and Translational Medicine, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
  • Robert W. Grange, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA