Pflügers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology

, Volume 466, Issue 9, pp 1659–1671 | Cite as

The STARS signaling pathway: a key regulator of skeletal muscle function

  • Séverine LamonEmail author
  • Marita A. Wallace
  • Aaron P. Russell
Invited Review


During the last decade, the striated muscle activator of Rho signaling (STARS), a muscle-specific protein, has been proposed to play an increasingly important role in skeletal muscle growth, metabolism, regeneration and stress adaptation. STARS influences actin dynamics and, as a consequence, regulates the myocardin-related transcription factor A/serum response factor (MRTF-A/SRF) transcriptional program, a well-known pathway controlling skeletal muscle development and function. Muscle-specific stress conditions, such as exercise, positively regulates, while disuse and degenerative muscle diseases are associated with a downregulation of STARS and its downstream partners, suggesting a pivotal role for STARS in skeletal muscle health. This review provides a comprehensive overview of the known role and regulation of STARS and the members of its signaling pathway, RhoA, MRTF-A and SRF, in skeletal muscle.


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Séverine Lamon is supported by an Alfred Deakin postdoctoral fellowship from Deakin University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Séverine Lamon
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marita A. Wallace
    • 1
  • Aaron P. Russell
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition, School of Exercise and Nutrition SciencesDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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