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Sarah Lessard, Ph.D.


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  1. Birsoy K, Lessard SJ. Career pathways, part 5. Nat Metab. 2021 07; 3(7):887-889. PMID: 34099927.
  2. Queiroz AL, Lessard SJ, Ouchida AT, Araujo HN, Gonçalves DA, Simões Fróes Guimarães DSP, Teodoro BG, So K, Espreafico EM, Hirshman MF, Alberici LC, Kettelhut IDC, Goodyear LJ, Silveira LR. The MicroRNA miR-696 is regulated by SNARK and reduces mitochondrial activity in mouse skeletal muscle through Pgc1a inhibition. Mol Metab. 2021 Sep; 51:101226. PMID: 33812060.
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  3. West DWD, Doering TM, Thompson JM, Budiono BP, Lessard SJ, Koch LG, Britton SL, Steck R, Byrne NM, Brown MA, Peake JM, Ashton KJ, Coffey VG. Low responders to endurance training exhibit impaired hypertrophy and divergent biological process responses in rat skeletal muscle. Exp Physiol. 2021 Mar; 106(3):714-725. PMID: 33486778.
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  4. MacDonald TL, Pattamaprapanont P, Pathak P, Fernandez N, Freitas EC, Hafida S, Mitri J, Britton SL, Koch LG, Lessard SJ. Hyperglycaemia is associated with impaired muscle signalling and aerobic adaptation to exercise. Nat Metab. 2020 09; 2(9):902-917. PMID: 32694831.
    Citations: 6     Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  5. Alves CRR, MacDonald TL, Nigro P, Pathak P, Hirshman MF, Goodyear LJ, Lessard SJ. Reduced sucrose nonfermenting AMPK-related kinase (SNARK) activity aggravates cancer-induced skeletal muscle wasting. Biomed Pharmacother. 2019 Sep; 117:109197. PMID: 31387190.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  6. Scheiman J, Luber JM, Chavkin TA, MacDonald T, Tung A, Pham LD, Wibowo MC, Wurth RC, Punthambaker S, Tierney BT, Yang Z, Hattab MW, Avila-Pacheco J, Clish CB, Lessard S, Church GM, Kostic AD. Meta-omics analysis of elite athletes identifies a performance-enhancing microbe that functions via lactate metabolism. Nat Med. 2019 07; 25(7):1104-1109. PMID: 31235964.
    Citations: 105     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  7. Sun XL, Lessard SJ, An D, Koh HJ, Esumi H, Hirshman MF, Goodyear LJ. Sucrose nonfermenting AMPK-related kinase (SNARK) regulates exercise-stimulated and ischemia-stimulated glucose transport in the heart. J Cell Biochem. 2019 01; 120(1):685-696. PMID: 30256437.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  8. Lessard SJ, MacDonald TL, Pathak P, Han MS, Coffey VG, Edge J, Rivas DA, Hirshman MF, Davis RJ, Goodyear LJ. JNK regulates muscle remodeling via myostatin/SMAD inhibition. Nat Commun. 2018 08 02; 9(1):3030. PMID: 30072727.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  9. Margolis LM, Lessard SJ, Ezzyat Y, Fielding RA, Rivas DA. Circulating MicroRNA Are Predictive of Aging and Acute Adaptive Response to Resistance Exercise in Men. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Oct 01; 72(10):1319-1326. PMID: 27927764.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, So K, Koh HJ, Queiroz AL, Hirshman MF, Fielding RA, Goodyear LJ. The AMPK-related kinase SNARK regulates muscle mass and myocyte survival. J Clin Invest. 2016 Feb; 126(2):560-70. PMID: 26690705.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  11. Rivas DA, Lessard SJ, Rice NP, Lustgarten MS, So K, Goodyear LJ, Parnell LD, Fielding RA. Diminished skeletal muscle microRNA expression with aging is associated with attenuated muscle plasticity and inhibition of IGF-1 signaling. FASEB J. 2014 Sep; 28(9):4133-47. PMID: 24928197.
    Citations: 49     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  12. An D, Lessard SJ, Toyoda T, Lee MY, Koh HJ, Qi L, Hirshman MF, Goodyear LJ. Overexpression of TRB3 in muscle alters muscle fiber type and improves exercise capacity in mice. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2014 Jun 15; 306(12):R925-33. PMID: 24740654.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  13. Stephenson EJ, Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, Watt MJ, Yaspelkis BB, Koch LG, Britton SL, Hawley JA. Exercise training enhances white adipose tissue metabolism in rats selectively bred for low- or high-endurance running capacity. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Aug 01; 305(3):E429-38. PMID: 23757406.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  14. Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, Alves-Wagner AB, Hirshman MF, Gallagher IJ, Constantin-Teodosiu D, Atkins R, Greenhaff PL, Qi NR, Gustafsson T, Fielding RA, Timmons JA, Britton SL, Koch LG, Goodyear LJ. Resistance to aerobic exercise training causes metabolic dysfunction and reveals novel exercise-regulated signaling networks. Diabetes. 2013 Aug; 62(8):2717-27. PMID: 23610057.
    Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  15. Ritchie RH, Leo CH, Qin C, Stephenson EJ, Bowden MA, Buxton KD, Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, Koch LG, Britton SL, Hawley JA, Woodman OL. Low intrinsic exercise capacity in rats predisposes to age-dependent cardiac remodeling independent of macrovascular function. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2013 Mar 01; 304(5):H729-39. PMID: 23262135.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  16. Rivas DA, Lessard SJ, Saito M, Friedhuber AM, Koch LG, Britton SL, Yaspelkis BB, Hawley JA. Low intrinsic running capacity is associated with reduced skeletal muscle substrate oxidation and lower mitochondrial content in white skeletal muscle. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2011 Apr; 300(4):R835-43. PMID: 21270346.
    Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  17. Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, Stephenson EJ, Yaspelkis BB, Koch LG, Britton SL, Hawley JA. Exercise training reverses impaired skeletal muscle metabolism induced by artificial selection for low aerobic capacity. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2011 Jan; 300(1):R175-82. PMID: 21048074.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  18. Koh HJ, Toyoda T, Fujii N, Jung MM, Rathod A, Middelbeek RJ, Lessard SJ, Treebak JT, Tsuchihara K, Esumi H, Richter EA, Wojtaszewski JF, Hirshman MF, Goodyear LJ. Sucrose nonfermenting AMPK-related kinase (SNARK) mediates contraction-stimulated glucose transport in mouse skeletal muscle. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Aug 31; 107(35):15541-6. PMID: 20713714.
    Citations: 45     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  19. Yaspelkis BB, Kvasha IA, Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, Hawley JA. Aerobic training reverses high-fat diet-induced pro-inflammatory signalling in rat skeletal muscle. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2010 Nov; 110(4):779-88. PMID: 20596724.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  20. Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, Chen ZP, van Denderen BJ, Watt MJ, Koch LG, Britton SL, Kemp BE, Hawley JA. Impaired skeletal muscle beta-adrenergic activation and lipolysis are associated with whole-body insulin resistance in rats bred for low intrinsic exercise capacity. Endocrinology. 2009 Nov; 150(11):4883-91. PMID: 19819977.
    Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  21. Rivas DA, Lessard SJ, Coffey VG. mTOR function in skeletal muscle: a focal point for overnutrition and exercise. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2009 Oct; 34(5):807-16. PMID: 19935842.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  22. Rivas DA, Yaspelkis BB, Hawley JA, Lessard SJ. Lipid-induced mTOR activation in rat skeletal muscle reversed by exercise and 5'-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-beta-D-ribofuranoside. J Endocrinol. 2009 Sep; 202(3):441-51. PMID: 19574345.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  23. Yeo WK, Lessard SJ, Chen ZP, Garnham AP, Burke LM, Rivas DA, Kemp BE, Hawley JA. Fat adaptation followed by carbohydrate restoration increases AMPK activity in skeletal muscle from trained humans. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2008 Nov; 105(5):1519-26. PMID: 18801964.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  24. Saito M, Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, Reeder DW, Hawley JA, Yaspelkis BB. Activation of atypical protein kinase Czeta toward TC10 is regulated by high-fat diet and aerobic exercise in skeletal muscle. Metabolism. 2008 Sep; 57(9):1173-80. PMID: 18702941.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  25. Pedersen DJ, Lessard SJ, Coffey VG, Churchley EG, Wootton AM, Ng T, Watt MJ, Hawley JA. High rates of muscle glycogen resynthesis after exhaustive exercise when carbohydrate is coingested with caffeine. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2008 Jul; 105(1):7-13. PMID: 18467543.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  26. Hawley JA, Lessard SJ. Exercise training-induced improvements in insulin action. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 2008 Jan; 192(1):127-35. PMID: 18171435.
    Citations: 107     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  27. Yaspelkis BB, Lessard SJ, Reeder DW, Limon JJ, Saito M, Rivas DA, Kvasha I, Hawley JA. Exercise reverses high-fat diet-induced impairments on compartmentalization and activation of components of the insulin-signaling cascade in skeletal muscle. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Oct; 293(4):E941-9. PMID: 17623749.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  28. Lessard SJ, Rivas DA, Chen ZP, Bonen A, Febbraio MA, Reeder DW, Kemp BE, Yaspelkis BB, Hawley JA. Tissue-specific effects of rosiglitazone and exercise in the treatment of lipid-induced insulin resistance. Diabetes. 2007 Jul; 56(7):1856-64. PMID: 17440174.
    Citations: 45     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  29. Hawley JA, Lessard SJ. Mitochondrial function: use it or lose it. Diabetologia. 2007 Apr; 50(4):699-702. PMID: 17279353.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  30. Lessard S, DeYoung J, Vazzana N. Medication discrepancies affecting senior patients at hospital admission. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2006 Apr 15; 63(8):740-3. PMID: 16595814.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Lessard SJ, Chen ZP, Watt MJ, Hashem M, Reid JJ, Febbraio MA, Kemp BE, Hawley JA. Chronic rosiglitazone treatment restores AMPKalpha2 activity in insulin-resistant rat skeletal muscle. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Feb; 290(2):E251-7. PMID: 16118254.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  32. McInerney P, Lessard SJ, Burke LM, Coffey VG, Lo Giudice SL, Southgate RJ, Hawley JA. Failure to repeatedly supercompensate muscle glycogen stores in highly trained men. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2005 Mar; 37(3):404-11. PMID: 15741838.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  33. Lessard SJ, Lo Giudice SL, Lau W, Reid JJ, Turner N, Febbraio MA, Hawley JA, Watt MJ. Rosiglitazone enhances glucose tolerance by mechanisms other than reduction of fatty acid accumulation within skeletal muscle. Endocrinology. 2004 Dec; 145(12):5665-70. PMID: 15375026.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  34. Hawke TJ, Lessard S, Vickery L, Lipskie SL, Lindinger MI. Ouabain stimulates unidirectional and net potassium efflux in resting mammalian skeletal muscle. Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2001 Nov; 79(11):932-41. PMID: 11760095.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Animals
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