Multitissue responses to exercise: a MoTrPAC feasibility study

Toby L Chambers, Andrew M Stroh, Clarisa Chavez, Anna R Brandt, Alex Claiborne, William A Fountain, Kevin J Gries, Andrew M Jones, Dillon J Kuszmaul, Gary A Lee, Bridget E Lester, Colleen E Lynch, Kiril Minchev, Cristhian F Montenegro, Masatoshi Naruse, Ulrika Raue, Todd A Trappe, Scott Trappe

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We assessed the feasibility of the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC) human adult clinical exercise protocols, while also documenting select cardiovascular, metabolic, and molecular responses to these protocols. After phenotyping and familiarization sessions, 20 subjects (25 ± 2 yr, 12 M, 8 W) completed an endurance exercise bout (n = 8, 40 min cycling at 70% V̇o2max), a resistance exercise bout (n = 6, ∼45 min, 3 sets of ∼10 repetition maximum, 8 exercises), or a resting control period (n = 6, 40 min rest). Blood samples were taken before, during, and after (10 min, 2 h, and 3.5 h) exercise or rest for levels of catecholamines, cortisol, glucagon, insulin, glucose, free fatty acids, and lactate. Heart rate was recorded throughout exercise (or rest). Skeletal muscle (vastus lateralis) and adipose (periumbilical) biopsies were taken before and ∼4 h following exercise or rest for mRNA levels of genes related to energy metabolism, growth, angiogenesis, and circadian processes. Coordination of the timing of procedural components (e.g., local anesthetic delivery, biopsy incisions, tumescent delivery, intravenous line flushes, sample collection and processing, exercise transitions, and team dynamics) was reasonable to orchestrate while considering subject burden and scientific objectives. The cardiovascular and metabolic alterations reflected a dynamic and unique response to endurance and resistance exercise, whereas skeletal muscle was transcriptionally more responsive than adipose 4 h postexercise. In summary, the current report provides the first evidence of protocol execution and feasibility of key components of the MoTrPAC human adult clinical exercise protocols. Scientists should consider designing exercise studies in various populations to interface with the MoTrPAC protocols and DataHub.NEW & NOTEWORTHY This study highlights the feasibility of key aspects of the MoTrPAC adult human clinical protocols. This initial preview of what can be expected from acute exercise trial data from MoTrPAC provides an impetus for scientists to design exercise studies to interlace with the rich phenotypic and -omics data that will populate the MoTrPAC DataHub at the completion of the parent protocol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-315
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023


  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Exercise/physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal/physiology
  • Quadriceps Muscle/metabolism
  • Energy Metabolism


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