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Effects of aging on genioglossus motor units in humans.

Saboisky JP, Stashuk DW, Hamilton-Wright A, Trinder J, Nandedkar S, Malhotra A - PLoS ONE (2014)

Bottom Line: To assess possible changes associated with aging we compared quantitative parameters related to motor unit potential morphology derived from EMG signals in a sample of older (n = 11; >55 years) versus younger (n = 29; <55 years) adults.Amplitudes of CNMACRO MUPs detected in older adults were larger by 22% (62.7±6.5 µV versus 51.3±3.0 µV; P<0.05), with areas 24% larger (160.6±18.6 µV.ms versus 130.0±7.4 µV.ms; P<0.05) than those detected in younger adults.These results confirm that remodeled motor units are present in the genioglossus muscle of individuals above 55 years, which may have implications for OSA pathogenesis and aging related upper airway collapsibility.

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Affiliation: Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America; Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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The genioglossus is a major upper airway dilator muscle thought to be important in obstructive sleep apnea pathogenesis. Aging is a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea although the mechanisms are unclear and the effects of aging on motor unit remodeled in the genioglossus remains unknown. To assess possible changes associated with aging we compared quantitative parameters related to motor unit potential morphology derived from EMG signals in a sample of older (n = 11; >55 years) versus younger (n = 29; <55 years) adults. All data were recorded during quiet breathing with the subjects awake. Diagnostic sleep studies (Apnea Hypopnea Index) confirmed the presence or absence of obstructive sleep apnea. Genioglossus EMG signals were analyzed offline by automated software (DQEMG), which estimated a MUP template from each extracted motor unit potential train (MUPT) for both the selective concentric needle and concentric needle macro (CNMACRO) recorded EMG signals. 2074 MUPTs from 40 subjects (mean±95% CI; older AHI 19.6±9.9 events/hr versus younger AHI 30.1±6.1 events/hr) were extracted. MUPs detected in older adults were 32% longer in duration (14.7±0.5 ms versus 11.1±0.2 ms; P  =  0.05), with similar amplitudes (395.2±25.1 µV versus 394.6±13.7 µV). Amplitudes of CNMACRO MUPs detected in older adults were larger by 22% (62.7±6.5 µV versus 51.3±3.0 µV; P<0.05), with areas 24% larger (160.6±18.6 µV.ms versus 130.0±7.4 µV.ms; P<0.05) than those detected in younger adults. These results confirm that remodeled motor units are present in the genioglossus muscle of individuals above 55 years, which may have implications for OSA pathogenesis and aging related upper airway collapsibility.

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Histogram display with the featured values of selective concentric needle MUPs and concentric needle macro (CNMACRO) MUPs from all 40 subjects.The solid filled columns depict values from younger subjects and the white columns represent values from younger subjects. Medians are indicated by arrows in each panel and in each circumstance the filled arrow indicates the median of younger subjects and the unfilled arrow depicts the median of older subjects. Significance is given where appropriate in the respective panels.
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pone-0104572-g003: Histogram display with the featured values of selective concentric needle MUPs and concentric needle macro (CNMACRO) MUPs from all 40 subjects.The solid filled columns depict values from younger subjects and the white columns represent values from younger subjects. Medians are indicated by arrows in each panel and in each circumstance the filled arrow indicates the median of younger subjects and the unfilled arrow depicts the median of older subjects. Significance is given where appropriate in the respective panels.

Mentions: The selective concentric needle MUPs detected in older adults had 34% longer duration (P<0.001), with greater thickness (P<0.05), but did not have greater amplitude, area, number of phases or RIR coefficient, than those detected in younger adults (see Figures 2, 3 & 4; Table 3).


Effects of aging on genioglossus motor units in humans.

Saboisky JP, Stashuk DW, Hamilton-Wright A, Trinder J, Nandedkar S, Malhotra A - PLoS ONE (2014)

Histogram display with the featured values of selective concentric needle MUPs and concentric needle macro (CNMACRO) MUPs from all 40 subjects.The solid filled columns depict values from younger subjects and the white columns represent values from younger subjects. Medians are indicated by arrows in each panel and in each circumstance the filled arrow indicates the median of younger subjects and the unfilled arrow depicts the median of older subjects. Significance is given where appropriate in the respective panels.
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pone-0104572-g003: Histogram display with the featured values of selective concentric needle MUPs and concentric needle macro (CNMACRO) MUPs from all 40 subjects.The solid filled columns depict values from younger subjects and the white columns represent values from younger subjects. Medians are indicated by arrows in each panel and in each circumstance the filled arrow indicates the median of younger subjects and the unfilled arrow depicts the median of older subjects. Significance is given where appropriate in the respective panels.
Mentions: The selective concentric needle MUPs detected in older adults had 34% longer duration (P<0.001), with greater thickness (P<0.05), but did not have greater amplitude, area, number of phases or RIR coefficient, than those detected in younger adults (see Figures 2, 3 & 4; Table 3).

Bottom Line: To assess possible changes associated with aging we compared quantitative parameters related to motor unit potential morphology derived from EMG signals in a sample of older (n = 11; >55 years) versus younger (n = 29; <55 years) adults.Amplitudes of CNMACRO MUPs detected in older adults were larger by 22% (62.7±6.5 µV versus 51.3±3.0 µV; P<0.05), with areas 24% larger (160.6±18.6 µV.ms versus 130.0±7.4 µV.ms; P<0.05) than those detected in younger adults.These results confirm that remodeled motor units are present in the genioglossus muscle of individuals above 55 years, which may have implications for OSA pathogenesis and aging related upper airway collapsibility.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Division of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America; Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

ABSTRACT
The genioglossus is a major upper airway dilator muscle thought to be important in obstructive sleep apnea pathogenesis. Aging is a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea although the mechanisms are unclear and the effects of aging on motor unit remodeled in the genioglossus remains unknown. To assess possible changes associated with aging we compared quantitative parameters related to motor unit potential morphology derived from EMG signals in a sample of older (n = 11; >55 years) versus younger (n = 29; <55 years) adults. All data were recorded during quiet breathing with the subjects awake. Diagnostic sleep studies (Apnea Hypopnea Index) confirmed the presence or absence of obstructive sleep apnea. Genioglossus EMG signals were analyzed offline by automated software (DQEMG), which estimated a MUP template from each extracted motor unit potential train (MUPT) for both the selective concentric needle and concentric needle macro (CNMACRO) recorded EMG signals. 2074 MUPTs from 40 subjects (mean±95% CI; older AHI 19.6±9.9 events/hr versus younger AHI 30.1±6.1 events/hr) were extracted. MUPs detected in older adults were 32% longer in duration (14.7±0.5 ms versus 11.1±0.2 ms; P  =  0.05), with similar amplitudes (395.2±25.1 µV versus 394.6±13.7 µV). Amplitudes of CNMACRO MUPs detected in older adults were larger by 22% (62.7±6.5 µV versus 51.3±3.0 µV; P<0.05), with areas 24% larger (160.6±18.6 µV.ms versus 130.0±7.4 µV.ms; P<0.05) than those detected in younger adults. These results confirm that remodeled motor units are present in the genioglossus muscle of individuals above 55 years, which may have implications for OSA pathogenesis and aging related upper airway collapsibility.

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