LEARNING TO CONTROL MYOSTATIN WILL CREATE A NEW GENERATION OF HERCULES.
It is a protein produced and released by muscle cells, which inhibits or reduces the development of muscle. Its scientific name is Factor 8 of growth and differentiation (GDF-8). It appears in skeletal muscle cells and appears to play a role in the recovery of blood supply to an organ and possibly in abnormal enlargement of the heart, by reducing the growth of muscle fibres. Currently there are NO myostatin blockers in humans. The inhibitor created by an American pharmaceutical company did not produce significant results in terms of strength gains and muscle development.
THERE ARE CURRENTLY VERY FEW. WILL THE NUMBER INCREASE SOON?
As you may have heard, it is believed some (or many) of the greatest muscle and strength athletes were born without the myostatin gene or at least with a reduced amount of it. If this is true, are they able to pass on this positive characteristic to their children? It’s a key question in the fitness world because people with this kind of cell mutation have a significantly higher percentage of strength and muscle size.
Humans with a mutation of the myostatin gene are born every year. They are super-endowed with muscle and strength. A defect in the myostatin receptors, which prevents people from receiving it normally, can also have the same effect. Myostatin research opens the door to enabling us to increase muscular strength and development. Firstly, and most importantly, it will help the treatment of muscular dystrophy. An antibody made from identical cells of the immune system, cloned from a single cell (monoclonal), may be the solution.
Controlling myostatin also paves the way for the growth of muscle fibres (hypertrophy – which is usually the result of weight training) and hyperplasia (the creation of new muscle cells). Bear in mind that the use of artificial inhibitors of this gene is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), not only because they go against the rules of fair play but also for the potentially dangerous effects of myostatin changes on disorders of the immune, bone and cardiac systems, many of which are still unknown. We soon expect to know more about this.