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Stylianos P. Scordilis


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Stylianos P. Scordilis earned his Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Albany.

Scordilis's research interests are in molecular physiology and gender specificity of skeletal muscle.

Research interests

Ordered, regulated movement is one of the distinguishing characteristics of life. We attempt to discover how this contractility is maintained following reparable muscle damage. Muscle cells are remarkably adaptable; they can atrophy, hypertrophy, remodel depending on environmental stimuli and repair following a damaging event. All of these adaptations involve a group of proteins known as stress proteins and enzyme signaling cascades. We apply the paradigms and techniques of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology to investigate "What is the response of muscle cells to exercise?" and "Are female and male muscles different?" Our lab studies human and mouse skeletal muscle following eccentrically-biased (lengthening) contractions and muscle cell development in cell culture by global analysis of protein expression using proteomic techniques, and specific analysis of certain proteins following exercise by immunoblotting, immunofluorescence, biochemical techniques, confocal microscopy, qRT-PCR and RNA microarray technology, transcriptomics, as well as high resolution 2-D gel electrophoresis and liquid chromatography-coupled mass spectrometry. This system of proteins may well orchestrate the mitigation of damage, the repair of damaged muscle and the acquisition of tolerance to damage.

Representative Publications

Dimova, K., L. Metskas, M. Kulp and S. P. Scordilis. "Skeletal Muscle Gender Dimorphism From Proteomics". J. Vis. Exp. 58, e3536, DOI: 10.3791/3536, 2011

Metskas, L. A., M. Kulp and S. P. Scordilis. "Gender Dimorphism in the Exercise-naïve Murine Skeletal Muscle Proteome". Cell Molec Biol. Lett., 15: 507-516, 2010

Thompson, H. S., S. P. Scordilis, and M. J. DeSouza. 2006. "Serum creatine kinase activity varies with ovulatory status in regularly exercising, premenopausal women." Hormone Research, 65: 151-58.

Scordilis, S. P. and T. S. Litwin. 2005. "Integrating technology, science and undergraduate education at Smith College: The creation of student-faculty research centers." CUR Quarterly, 25: 138-40.

Robbart, M., P. Peckol, S. P. Scordilis, H. A. Curran and J. Brown-Saracino. 2004. "Population recovery and differential heat shock protein expression for the corals Agaricia agaricites and A. tenuifolia in Belize." Mar. Prog. Res. Ser, 283: 151-60.

Thompson, H. S., E. B. Maynard, E. R. Morales, and S. P. Scordilis. 2003. "Exercise-induced HSP27, HSP70 and MAPK responses in human skeletal muscle." Acta Physiol. Scand. 178: 61-72.

Thompson, H. S., P. M. Clarkson, and S. P. Scordilis. 2002. "The repeated bout effect and heat shock proteins: Intramuscular HSP27 and HSP70 expression following two bouts of eccentric exercise in humans." Acta Physiol. Scand., 174: 47-56.

Thompson, H. S., S. P. Scordilis, P. M. Clarkson, and W. A. Lohrer. 2001. "A Single bout of eccentric exercise increases HSP27 and HSC/HSP70 in human skeletal muscle." Acta Physiol. Scand., 171: 187-94.

Schak, K. M., S. P. Scordilis, G. Ferreyra and M. E. Harrington. 2001. "Neuropeptide Y activates protein kinase C in hamster suprachiasmatic nuclei brain slices." Biol. Rhythm Res., 32: 201-06.

Miller, D. D., S. P. Scordilis, and P. K. Hepler. 1995. "Identification and localization of three classes of myosins in pollen tubes of Lilium longiflorum and Nicotiana alata." J. Cell Sci., 108: 2549-63.

Briggs, R. T., S. P. Scordilis and J. A. Powell. 1995. "Myofibrillogenesis in rodent skeletal muscle in vitro: Two pathways involving thick filament aggregates." Tissue and Cell, 27: 91-104.

Thompson, H. S. and S. P. Scordilis. 1994. "Ubiquitin changes in human biceps muscle following exercise-induced damage." Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 204: 1193-98.

Reichsman, F., S. P. Scordilis, P. M. Clarkson and W. J. Evans. 1991. "Muscle protein changes following eccentric exercise in humans." Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. Occup. Physiol., 62: 245-50.