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Sex differences in COPD-related quadriceps muscle dysfunction and fibre abnormalities

Authors
  • Sharanya, A
  • Ciano, M
  • Withana, S
  • Polkey, M
  • Kemp, P
  • Natanek, S
Publication Date
Mar 06, 2019
Source
Spiral - Imperial College Digital Repository
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Abstract

Background: In COPD, lower limb dysfunction is associated with reduced exercise capacity, increased hospitalisations and mortality. We investigated sex differences in the prevalence of quadriceps dysfunction and fibre abnormalities in a large COPD cohort, controlling for the normal sex differences in health. Methods: We compared existing data from 76 male and 38 female COPD patients where each variable was expressed as a function of gender-specific normal values (obtained from 16 male and 14 female controls). Results: Female COPD patients had lower quadriceps muscle strength and peak workload on a maximal incremental cycle ergometry protocol compared to male patients. Female patients had a smaller type II fibre cross-sectional area (CSA) compared to male patients, suggesting a greater female preponderance to fibre atrophy, although this result was largely driven by a few male patients with increased type II fibre CSA. Female patients had significantly higher concentrations of a number of plasma pro-inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) and interleukin 8 (IL8), but not lower levels of physical activity or arterial oxygenation, compared to males. Conclusions: Our data confirms results from a previous small study and suggests that female COPD patients have a greater prevalence of muscle wasting and weakness. Larger studies investigating sex differences in COPD-related muscle atrophy and weakness are needed, as the results will have implications for monitoring in clinical practice and for design of clinical trials evaluating novel muscle anabolic agents.

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