The present study investigated mitochondrial adaptations and oxidative stress markers after four and eight weeks of running training in liver of mice. Twenty-one male mice (CF1, 30-35g) were distributed into the following groups (n=7): untrained (UT); trained - four weeks (T4); trained - eight weeks (T8). Forty-eight hours after the last training session the animals were killed by decapitation and livers were removed and stored at -70ºC. Succinate dehydrogenase (SDH), complexes I, II, II-III and IV, protein carbonyls (PC), total thiol content and superoxide dismutase activity were measured. The results show that endurance training (8-wk) increases the SDH activity and complexes (I, II, III, IV), superoxide dismutase and total thiol content in liver when compared to untrained animals. Decrease in protein carbonylation in the respective group in relation to UT was also observed. It could be concluded that eight weeks of running training are necessary for mitochondrial respiratory chain enzyme activities increase and improvement in oxidative stress markers in liver of mice.
physical training; electron transport chain; oxidative stress