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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225888/local-inhibition-of-nitrergic-activity-in-tenotomized-rats-accelerates-muscle-regeneration-by-increasing-fiber-area-and-decreasing-central-core-lesions
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A D Seabra, S A S Moraes, E J O Batista, T B Garcia, M C Souza, K R M Oliveira, A M Herculano
Muscular atrophy is a progressive degeneration characterized by muscular proteolysis, loss of mass and decrease in fiber area. Tendon rupture induces muscular atrophy due to an intrinsic functional connection. Local inhibition of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) by Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) accelerates tendon histological recovery and induces functional improvement. Here we evaluate the effects of such local nitrergic inhibition on the pattern of soleus muscle regeneration after tenotomy. Adult male Wistar rats (240 to 280 g) were divided into four experimental groups: control (n=4), tenotomized (n=6), vehicle (n=6), and L-NAME (n=6)...
February 20, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214532/smn1-functions-as-a-novel-inhibitor-for-traf6-mediated-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Eun Kyung Kim, Eui-Ju Choi
Survival motor neuron (SMN) is a 38-kDa protein, whose deficiency in humans develops spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disease with muscular atrophy due to motor neuron death in the spinal cord. We now report that SMN prevents the activation of TRAF6 and IκB kinase (IKK) and thereby negatively regulates the NF-κB signaling processes. SMN physically interacted with TRAF6 and with each component of the IKK complex, IKK-α, IKK-β, and IKK-γ in BV2 microglia cells. Moreover, SMN1 inhibited the E3 ubiquitin ligase activity of TRAF6 as well as the kinase activity of IKK...
February 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193854/gene-activation-of-smn-by-selective-disruption-of-lncrna-mediated-recruitment-of-prc2-for-the-treatment-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Caroline J Woo, Verena K Maier, Roshni Davey, James Brennan, Guangde Li, John Brothers, Brian Schwartz, Susana Gordo, Anne Kasper, Trevor R Okamoto, Hans E Johansson, Berhan Mandefro, Dhruv Sareen, Peter Bialek, B Nelson Chau, Balkrishen Bhat, David Bullough, James Barsoum
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive motor neuron loss and caused by mutations in SMN1 (Survival Motor Neuron 1). The disease severity inversely correlates with the copy number of SMN2, a duplicated gene that is nearly identical to SMN1. We have delineated a mechanism of transcriptional regulation in the SMN2 locus. A previously uncharacterized long noncoding RNA (lncRNA), SMN-antisense 1 (SMN-AS1), represses SMN2 expression by recruiting the Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) to its locus...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188262/mapk-signaling-pathways-and-hdac3-activity-are-disrupted-during-emerin-null-myogenic-progenitor-differentiation
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Carol M Collins, Joseph Ellis, James M Holaska
Mutations in the gene encoding emerin cause Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy (EDMD). Emerin is an integral inner nuclear membrane protein and a component of the nuclear lamina. EDMD is characterized by skeletal muscle wasting, cardiac conduction defects and tendon contractures. The failure to regenerate skeletal muscle is predicted to contribute to the skeletal muscle pathology of EDMD. We hypothesize muscle regeneration defects are caused by impaired muscle stem cell differentiation. Myogenic progenitors derived from emerin-null mice were used to confirm their impaired differentiation and analyze selected myogenic molecular pathways...
February 10, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142073/attentional-focusing-instructions-influence-quadriceps-activity-characteristics-but-not-force-production-during-isokinetic-knee-extensions
#5
David C Marchant, Matt Greig
The attentional focus emphasised in verbal instruction influences movement and muscle recruitment characteristics, with an external focus (onto movement effects) typically benefiting performance. However, contrasting findings suggest either a selective isolation or spreading activation effect on associated muscles as a result of internally focused instruction (movement characteristics). In the present experiment, participants completed maximal isokinetic concentric leg extension exercise using internally (muscle specific: vastus medialis oblique) or externally (outcome specific) focused instructions...
January 27, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139720/inhibition-of-pdgfr-signaling-prevents-muscular-fatty-infiltration-after-rotator-cuff-tear-in-mice
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Hideyuki Shirasawa, Noboru Matsumura, Masayuki Shimoda, Satoshi Oki, Masaki Yoda, Takahide Tohmonda, Yae Kanai, Morio Matsumoto, Masaya Nakamura, Keisuke Horiuchi
Fatty infiltration in muscle is often observed in patients with sizable rotator cuff tear (RCT) and is thought to be an irreversible event that significantly compromises muscle plasticity and contraction strength. These changes in the mechanical properties of the affected muscle render surgical repair of RCT highly formidable. Therefore, it is important to learn more about the pathology of fatty infiltration to prevent this undesired condition. In the present study, we aimed to generate a mouse model that can reliably recapitulate some of the important characteristics of muscular fatty infiltration after RCT in humans...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132899/pathological-consequences-of-micu1-mutations-on-mitochondrial-calcium-signalling-and-bioenergetics
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Gauri Bhosale, Jenny Sharpe, Amanda Koh, Antonina Kouli, Gyorgy Szabadkai, Michael R Duchen
Loss of function mutations of the protein MICU1, a regulator of mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake, cause a neuronal and muscular disorder characterised by impaired cognition, muscle weakness and an extrapyramidal motor disorder. We have shown previously that MICU1 mutations cause increased resting mitochondrial Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]m). We now explore the functional consequences of MICU1 mutations in patient derived fibroblasts in order to clarify the underlying pathophysiology of this disorder. We propose that deregulation of mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake through loss of MICU1 raises resting [Ca(2+)]m, initiating a futile Ca(2+) cycle, whereby continuous mitochondrial Ca(2+) influx is balanced by Ca(2+) efflux through the sodium calcium exchanger (NLCXm)...
January 26, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118416/topical-review-potential-use-of-botulinum-toxin-in-the-management-of-painful-posttraumatic-trigeminal-neuropathy
#8
Nathan Moreau, Wisam Dieb, Vianney Descroix, Peter Svensson, Malin Ernberg, Yves Boucher
Painful posttraumatic trigeminal neuropathy (PPTTN) is a chronic condition that is difficult to endure and has a poorly understood pathophysiology. Treatment options are limited and often unsatisfactory due to insufficient efficacy and significant adverse effects. Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A), initially used in the management of pathologically sustained or twisting muscular contractions, has recently been advocated for treatment of neuropathic pain. Its action is not limited to the blockage of acetylcholine release at the neuromuscular junction, but also includes inhibition of exocytosis of other neurotransmitters by interfering with the SNARE complexes of synaptic membranes...
January 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108217/cdk3-is-a-major-target-of-mir-150-in-cell-proliferation-and-anti-cancer-effect
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Liang Wang, Yongyong Xi, Chengcao Sun, Feng Zhang, Heng Jiang, Qiqiang He, Dejia Li
MiR-150, a member of small non-coding RNAs, has been proven to dysregulate in different types of tumor and bear on carcinogenesis and cancer prognosis by regulating the expression of a series of gene including utrophin. Given that utrophin can compensate for dystrophin's absence and be regarded as a promising therapeutic target for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), we further detected the deep role of miR-150 in dystrophic muscle. Using a range of bioinformatic, molecular and cell biology techniques, we declared that miR-150 directly targets cyclin-dependent kinase 3 (CDK3) and leads to the regulation of CDK3 gene expression in both muscle-derived and non-muscle cells...
January 17, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105285/structural-basis-for-the-effective-myostatin-inhibition-of-the-mouse-myostatin-prodomain-derived-minimum-peptide
#10
Tomo Asari, Kentaro Takayama, Akari Nakamura, Takahiro Shimada, Akihiro Taguchi, Yoshio Hayashi
Myostatin inhibition is one of the promising strategies for treating muscle atrophic disorders, including muscular dystrophy. It is well-known that the myostatin prodomain derived from the myostatin precursor acts as an inhibitor of mature myostatin. In our previous study, myostatin inhibitory minimum peptide 1 (WRQNTRYSRIEAIKIQILSKLRL-amide) was discovered from the mouse myostatin prodomain. In the present study, alanine scanning of 1 demonstrated that the key amino acid residues for the effective inhibitory activity are rodent-specific Tyr and C-terminal aliphatic residues, in addition to N-terminal Trp residue...
January 12, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103859/treatment-with-soluble-activin-type-iib-receptor-improves-bone-mass-and-strength-in-a-mouse-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Tero Puolakkainen, Hongqian Ma, Heikki Kainulainen, Arja Pasternack, Timo Rantalainen, Olli Ritvos, Kristiina Heikinheimo, Juha J Hulmi, Riku Kiviranta
BACKGROUND: Inhibition of activin/myostatin pathway has emerged as a novel approach to increase muscle mass and bone strength. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a neuromuscular disorder that leads to progressive muscle degeneration and also high incidence of fractures. The aim of our study was to test whether inhibition of activin receptor IIB ligands with or without exercise could improve bone strength in the mdx mouse model for DMD. METHODS: Thirty-two mdx mice were divided to running and non-running groups and to receive either PBS control or soluble activin type IIB-receptor (ActRIIB-Fc) once weekly for 7 weeks...
January 19, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089792/pharmacological-inhibition-of-pkc%C3%AE-counteracts-muscle-disease-in-a-mouse-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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V Marrocco, P Fiore, A Benedetti, S Pisu, E Rizzuto, A Musarò, L Madaro, B Lozanoska-Ochser, M Bouché
: Inflammation plays a considerable role in the progression of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a severe muscle disease caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene. We previously showed that genetic ablation of Protein Kinase C θ (PKCθ) in mdx, the mouse model of DMD, improves muscle healing and regeneration, preventing massive inflammation. To establish whether pharmacological targeting of PKCθ in DMD can be proposed as a therapeutic option, in this study we treated young mdx mice with the PKCθ inhibitor Compound 20 (C20)...
January 7, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087735/relationships-linking-emotional-motor-cognitive-and-gabaergic-dysfunctions-in-dystrophin-deficient-mdx-mice
#13
Cyrille Vaillend, Rémi Chaussenot
Alterations in the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) gene have been associated with enhanced stress reactivity in vertebrate species, suggesting a role for brain dystrophin in fear-related behavioral and cognitive processes. Because the loss of dystrophin (Dp427) reduces clustering of central GABAA receptors, it is suspected that local inhibitory tuning and modulation of neuronal excitability are perturbed in a distributed brain circuit that normally controls such critical behavioral functions. In this study we undertook a large-scale behavioral study to evaluate fear-related behavioral disturbances in dystrophin-deficient mdx mice...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077779/from-the-cover-embryonic-exposure-to-tcdd-impacts-osteogenesis-of-the-axial-skeleton-in-japanese-medaka-oryzias-latipes
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AtLee T D Watson, Antonio Planchart, Carolyn J Mattingly, Christoph Winkler, David M Reif, Seth W Kullman
Recent studies from mammalian, fish, and in vitro models have identified bone and cartilage development as sensitive targets for dioxins and other aryl hydrocarbon receptor ligands. In this study, we assess how embryonic 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorochlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) exposure impacts axial osteogenesis in Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes), a vertebrate model of human bone development. Embryos from inbred wild-type Orange-red Hd-dR and 3 transgenic medaka lines (twist:EGFP, osx/sp7:mCherry, col10a1:nlGFP) were exposed to 0...
February 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076930/hormone-receptor-expression-in-human-fascial-tissue
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C Fede, G Albertin, L Petrelli, M M Sfriso, C Biz, R De Caro, C Stecco
Many epidemiologic, clinical, and experimental findings point to sex differences in myofascial pain in view of the fact that adult women tend to have more myofascial problems with respect to men. It is possible that one of the stimuli to sensitization of fascial nociceptors could come from hormonal factors such as estrogen and relaxin, that are involved in extracellular matrix and collagen remodeling and thus contribute to functions of myofascial tissue. Immunohistochemical and molecular investigations (real-time PCR analysis) of relaxin receptor 1 (RXFP1) and estrogen receptor-alpha (ERα) localization were carried out on sample of human fascia collected from 8 volunteers patients during orthopedic surgery (all females, between 42 and 70 yrs, divided into pre- and post-menopausal groups), and in fibroblasts isolated from deep fascia, to examine both protein and RNA expression levels...
November 2, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074489/a-novel-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibitor-edasalonexent-cat-1004-in-development-as-a-disease-modifying-treatment-for-patients-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-phase-1-safety-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-in-adult-subjects
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Joanne M Donovan, Michael Zimmer, Elliot Offman, Toni Grant, Michael Jirousek
In Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), NF-κB is activated in skeletal muscle from infancy regardless of the underlying dystrophin mutation and drives inflammation and muscle degeneration while inhibiting muscle regeneration. Edasalonexent (CAT-1004) is a bifunctional orally administered small molecule that covalently links 2 compounds known to inhibit NF-κB, salicylic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Edasalonexent is designed to inhibit activated NF-κB upon intracellular cleavage to these bioactive components...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050326/use-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-in-ophthalmology
#17
REVIEW
Emel Başar, Ceyhun Arıcı
Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) is the first biological toxin used in the treatment of ophthalmic diseases and to decrease skin wrinkles as an aesthetic agent. When used appropriately, it weakens the force of muscular contraction and/or inhibits glandular secretion. The most common areas for botulinum toxin treatment are the upper face, including the glabella, forehead, brows, and lateral canthal lines, or crow's feet. By relaxing the muscles causing wrinkles, non-permanent results may be achieved with its use...
December 2016: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042944/comparison-of-serum-raav-serotype-specific-antibodies-in-patients-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-becker-muscular-dystrophy-inclusion-body-myositis-or-gne-myopathy
#18
Deborah Zygmunt, Kelly E Crowe, Kevin Flanigan, Paul T Martin
Recombinant Adeno-associated virus (rAAV) is a commonly used gene therapy vector for the delivery of therapeutic transgenes in a variety of human diseases, but pre-existing serum antibodies to viral capsid proteins can greatly inhibit rAAV transduction of tissues. We have assayed serum from patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), Becker Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM), and GNE myopathy (GNE). These were compared to serum from otherwise normal human subjects to determine the extent of pre-existing serum antibodies to rAAVrh74, rAAV1, rAAV2, rAAV6, rAAV8 and rAAV9...
January 2, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035339/emerging-roles-for-histone-deacetylases-in-age-related-muscle-atrophy
#19
REVIEW
Michael E Walsh, Holly Van Remmen
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle atrophy during aging, a process known as sarcopenia, is associated with muscle weakness, frailty, and the loss of independence in older adults. The mechanisms contributing to sarcopenia are not totally understood, but muscle fiber loss due to apoptosis, reduced stimulation of anabolic pathways, activation of catabolic pathways, denervation, and altered metabolism have been observed in muscle from old rodents and humans. OBJECTIVE: Recently, histone deacetylases (HDACs) have been implicated in muscle atrophy and dysfunction due to denervation, muscular dystrophy, and disuse, and HDACs play key roles in regulating metabolism in skeletal muscle...
October 27, 2016: Nutr Healthy Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002607/targeting-of-mir-432-to-myozenin1-to-regulate-myoblast-proliferation-and-differentiation
#20
R M Ren, H Liu, S H Zhao, J H Cao
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in the development and biochemical functions of skeletal muscles. However, targeting of miRNAs to structural genes involved in Z-discs have not been investigated. Here, we describe a highly expressed miRNA, miR-432, in pig embryonic skeletal muscle, which appeared to target myozenin1 (MYOZ1), a protein involved in the muscular sarcomere microstructure. Our results showed that miR-432 is involved in muscle development in the developing pig. In addition, it promoted differentiation of the C2C12 myoblast cell line into myotubes...
December 19, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
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