By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Exercise alters methylation patterns at the promoters of skeletal muscle genes, coinciding with exercise-related changes to gene expression, according to a study online today in Cell Metabolism.

"Our muscles are really plastic," corresponding author Juleen Zierath, a clinical integrative physiology researcher at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, said in a statement. "[M]uscle adapts to what you do … and this is one of the mechanisms that allows that to happen."

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