Research Paper Volume 9, Issue 4 pp 1096—1129

Influence of omega-3 fatty acids on skeletal muscle protein metabolism and mitochondrial bioenergetics in older adults

Figure 1. Study design. Study design (A) involved an initial phone screening, screening visit, outpatient testing for body composition and physical function, and inpatient testing of mitochondrial physiology and muscle protein metabolism. Older adults repeated study visits following 16 weeks of n3-PUFA supplementation. Inpatient study procedures (B) involved basal postabsorptive muscle protein synthesis measurements on Day 1 by infusing 13C6-Phenylalanine and serial muscle biopsies on the right leg. Following a standardized meal, a single bout of unaccustomed resistance exercise was performed at 1600 hr using the left leg. A second tracer infusion began on day 2, followed by serial biopsies to assess muscle protein synthesis 15-18 hours following exercise.