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Front. Physiol. | doi: 10.3389/fphys.2019.01435

The role of the gut microbiome on skeletal muscle mass and physical function: 2019 update

  • 1Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, United States

Within the past year, several studies have reported a positive role for the gut microbiome on the maintenance of skeletal muscle mass, evidence that contrasts previous reports of a negative role for the gut microbiome on the maintenance of whole body lean mass. The purpose of this mini-review is to clarify these seemingly discordant findings, and to review recently published studies that further elucidate the gut-muscle axis.

Keywords: Muscle strengh, Endurance capacity, microbiome, skeletal muscle, SCFA (short chain fatty acid), Gut-muscle axis

Received: 23 Sep 2019; Accepted: 07 Nov 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Lustgarten. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mx. Michael S. Lustgarten, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, United States, michael.lustgarten@tufts.edu