Thursday, February 4, 2010

Why Creatine Works

Creatine seems to be about the only muscle building supplement that actually works. There has been quite a lot of research into it. Here is a new one. Full study pdf currently available here.

Interesting conclusion - creatine protects from the effects of oxidative stress

Creatine-induced activation of antioxidative defence in myotube cultures revealed by explorative NMR-based metabonomics and proteomics

Creatine is a key intermediate in the energy metabolism and supplementation of creatine has been used for increasing muscle mass, strength and endurance. Creatine supplementation has also been reported to trigger the expression of insulin like growth factor I, to increase the fat-free mass and improve cognition in elderly, and more explorative approaches like transcriptomics has revealed additional information. The aim of the present study was to reveal additional insight into biochemical effects of creatine supplementation on the protein and metabolite level by integrating the explorative techniques proteomics and NMR metabonomics in a systems biology approach.

Differentiated mouse myotube cultures (C2C12) were exposed to 5 mM creatine monohydrate (CMH) for 24 hours. For proteomics studies lysed myotubes were analysed in single 2-DGE gels where the first dimension of protein separation was pI 5-8 and second dimension was a 12.5 % Criterion gel. Differentially expressed protein spots of significance were excised from the gel, desalted and identified by peptide mass fingerprinting using MALDI-TOF MS. For NMR metabonomic studies chloroform/methanol extractions of the myotubes were subjected to one-dimensional 1H NMR spectroscopy and the intracellular oxidative status of myotubes was assessed by intracellular DCFH2 oxidation after 24 h pre-incubation with CMH.

The identified differentially expressed proteins included vimentin, malate dehydrogenase, peroxiredoxin, thioredoxin dependent peroxide reductase, and 75 kDa and 78 kDa glucose regulated protein precursors. After CMH exposure, up-regulated proteomic spots correlated positively with the NMR signals from creatine, while down-regulated proteomic spots were negatively correlated with these NMR signals. The identified differentially regulated proteins were related to energy metabolism, glucose regulated stress, cellular structure and the antioxidative defence system. The suggested improvement of the antioxidative defence was confirmed by a reduced intracellular DCFH2 oxidation with increasing concentrations of CMH in the 24 h pre-incubation medium.

The explorative approach of this study combined with the determination of a decreased intracellular DCFH2 oxidation revealed an additional stimulation of cellular antioxidative mechanisms when myotubes were exposed to CMH. This may contribute to an increased exercise performance mediated by increased ability to cope with training-induced increases in oxidative stress.

1 comment:

Chad said...

Thanks for posting this Chris. Years ago, back in 2000, I tried creatine for about 4 months. My experience was that I didn't "feel" stronger for that last rep, or "feel" like my workouts were better, on the day of the workout. However, what I felt was NO soreness the next DOMS for about 2 months. No side effects, I just stopped because that was the beginning of my foray into "natural" training, no supplemental aids for training purposes. DOMS came back, unfortunately.

Thanks for the reminder of the effects of creatine.