AKC Seminar: A novel approach to quantitatively assess protein movements using isolated skeletal muscle fibres:  consequences of glycogen utilisation

August Krogh Club Seminar

Associate Professor Robyn M. Murphy

Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.


A number of proteins are either known to or are speculated to be associated with glycogen granules in skeletal muscle.  In order to further understand the potential role glycogen might play in regulating muscle function, we have examined anabolic and catabolic glycogen associated proteins, AMPK (beta isoforms) and the insulin and contraction responsive glucose transporter, Glut4 before and after glycogen utilizing contractions, in both rat and human skeletal muscle.  Using a unique approach of isolated individual skeletal muscle fibres where the surface membrane has been mechanically removed, we have quantitatively demonstrated the dynamic nature of some of these proteins.

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Research profile

Dr Robyn Murphy is Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She holds a teaching and research position.  She completed her PhD at Deakin University, Burwood, in the area of Exercise Biochemistry in 2003. 

Robyn serves on Council for the Australian Physiological Society, and held the role National Secretary from 2010-2013, a role where she served as the Scientific Program Chair for three national meetings of the Society. Robyn is on the Executive Committee of the International Research Group on Biochemistry of Exercise.

Robyn has published 55 papers and her overall research focus is skeletal muscle function in health and disease. Most human muscle research is confounded by skeletal muscle fibre heterogeneity. To overcome issues associated with that, Robyn has pioneered methodology that allows specific proteins in skeletal muscle to be analysed quantitatively at the level of single muscle fibres. She has presented numerous invited seminars at national and international events discussing this aspect of her research, and has had many visitors to her laboratory learning the techniques.

Her biochemical methodologies can be uniquely coupled with physiological measurements in the same fibres, thereby providing mechanistic insights into muscle function.  Robyn has particular interests in calcium dependent processes occurring in muscle as well as aspects of glucose regulation in health and disease, with a focus on glycogen and its associated proteins.


23 June 2015

14:00-15:00: Seminar and discussion
15:00-15:30: Post seminar servings and socializing


Auditorium 1, August Krogh Building, Universitetsparken 13, DK-2100 Copenhagen


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