Congratulations to Drs. Robert Boushel, HC Holmberg, Jose Calbet on their new paper on COVID receptor expression.

Robert Boushel

Hans-Christer Holmberg

Jose Calbet

Drs. Robert Boushel, Jose Calbet (Affiliate professor), Hans Christer Holmberg (Affiliate Professor), and colleagues have published a study investigating Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE2) in skeletal muscle. ACE2 enzymes generate proteins that control blood pressure. The SARS-CoV-2 virus penetrates human cells by binding to ACE2 receptors, causing COVID-19 infections. The study found that muscle ACE2 protein expression is higher in those with more body fat and lower in individuals with high cardiorespiratory fitness and low body fat.

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Perez-Valera M, Martinez-Canton M, Gallego-Selles A, Galván-Alvarez V, Gelabert-Rebato M, Morales-Alamo D, Santana A, Martin-Rodriguez S, Ponce-Gonzalez JG, Larsen S, Losa-Reyna J, Perez-Suarez I, Dorado C, Curtelin D, Gonzalez-Henriquez JJ, Boushel R, Hallen J, de Pablos Velasco P, Freixinet Guilart J, Holmberg HC, Helge JW, Martin-Rincon M, Calbet JAL. Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 (SARS-CoV-2 receptor) expression in human skeletal muscle. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2021 Sep 22. doi: 10.1111/sms.14061. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34551157.