Jasmine Thomson

Doctor of Philosophy, (Nutritional Science)
Study Completed: 2011
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Effect of leucine-protein high-carbohydrate post-exercise nutrition on subsequent performance and the protein regulated genomic and signalling events governing adaptive remodelling

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Mrs. Thomson investigated the effect of leucine-enriched protein and carbohydrate meals taken after each session of hard training on subsequent prolonged cycling performance. She found their co-ingestion beneficial to performance and in reducing muscle cell membrane disruption. By assessing gene transcription and protein signalling in the muscle she was able to explore the mechanisms behind this. The findings indicate a fine-tuning of the exercise-induced gene expression profile, suggesting attenuation of immune/inflammatory activity, as well as increased tissue remodeling and fatty acid metabolism activity. Signaling to protein translation was increased. These studies have important implications regarding the role of post-exercise protein consumption in enhancing recovery and adaptation to prolonged exercise.

Professor David Rowlands
Professor Aj Ali
Associate Professor Welma Stonehouse