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Skeletal Muscle Plasticity: From Isolated Fibers to Integrative Physiology

Call for Papers

Skeletal muscles are known to present dynamic entities, capable of changing their phenotypic properties under the influence of various exogenous factors, influencing the neuromuscular performance. Knowledge of the mechanical properties of skeletal muscle can be then useful in aspects of, for example, sport-related applications like endurance training and explosive power training and rehabilitation. The influence of life style (hypo- or hyperactivity) and/or changes in the nutritional status (under- or overnutrition) on mechanical properties of skeletal muscle from isolated fibers/muscles to muscles in humans has seldom been quantified as a concomitant effect. This challenging issue is of special interest, since the neuromechanical properties of skeletal muscle describe the integrative consequences of muscle function from the nervous activation (voluntary or induced due to reflex action) via muscle contraction up to the transmission of muscle force to the periphery via elastic elements to create movement. We invite authors to submit original research and review articles that seek to define skeletal muscle plasticity at different levels of analysis and its innovative instrumentation. We are interested in articles that explore the integrative response of skeletal muscle plasticity in humans and also in animal models for different life style models.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative instrumentation, measurements, and analysis of skeletal muscle plasticity
  • Elucidating the interaction of the muscle-tendon unit in animal and human models
  • The role of skeletal muscle plasticity during the maturation and aging process
  • Skeletal muscle plasticity in hyper- and/or hypoactivated animal and human models
  • The influence of the nutritional status on muscle mechanical properties and development
  • Interaction between reflex activation and muscle contraction
  • Interaction between muscle mechanical properties and human movement
  • The role of peripheral nerve activity and muscle fiber type recruitment in skeletal muscle plasticity, as revealed by single fiber analysis or electromyography
  • Fiber-type specific adaptations to training, as measured with histochemical analyses and single fiber analyses in skeletal muscle plasticity
  • Signaling proteins regulating muscle plasticity in aging and disuse
Manuscript DueFriday, 7 November 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 30 January 2015
Publication DateFriday, 27 March 2015

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Marco Narici, School of Medicine University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  • Morgan Sangeux, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
  • Caroline Nicol, Aix Marseille Universite, Marseille, France