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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325281/systemic-antisense-therapeutics-for-dystrophin-and-myostatin-exon-splice-modulation-improve-muscle-pathology-of-adult-mdx-mice
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Ngoc Lu-Nguyen, Alberto Malerba, Linda Popplewell, Fred Schnell, Gunnar Hanson, George Dickson
Antisense-mediated exon skipping is a promising approach for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare life-threatening genetic disease due to dystrophin deficiency. Such an approach can restore the disrupted reading frame of dystrophin pre-mRNA, generating a truncated form of the protein. Alternatively, antisense therapy can be used to induce destructive exon skipping of myostatin pre-mRNA, knocking down myostatin expression to enhance muscle strength and reduce fibrosis. We have reported previously that intramuscular or intraperitoneal antisense administration inducing dual exon skipping of dystrophin and myostatin pre-mRNAs was beneficial in mdx mice, a mouse model of DMD, although therapeutic effects were muscle type restricted, possibly due to the delivery routes used...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315675/low-intensity-training-and-the-c5a-complement-antagonist-nox-d21-rescue-the-mdx-phenotype-through-modulation-of-inflammation
#2
Janek Hyzewicz, Jun Tanihata, Mutsuki Kuraoka, Yuko Nitahara-Kasahara, Teiva Beylier, Urs T Ruegg, Axel Vater, Shin'ichi Takeda
Inflammatory events occurring in dystrophic muscles contribute to the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Low-intensity training (LIT) attenuates the phenotype of mdx mice, an animal model for DMD. Therefore, we postulated that LIT could have anti-inflammatory properties. We assessed levels of inflammatory cytokines and infiltrated immune cells in gastrocnemius muscle of mdx mice after LIT. We detected high levels of complement component C5a, chemokine ligand (CCL) 2, CD68(+) monocytes/macrophages, and proinflammatory M1 macrophages in muscles of mdx mice...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303574/functional-impact-of-an-oculopharyngeal-muscular-dystrophy-mutation-in-pabpn1
#3
Maricela García-Castañeda, Ana Victoria Vega, Rocío Rodríguez, Maria Guadalupe Montiel-Jaen, Bulmaro Cisneros, Angel Zarain-Herzberg, Guillermo Avila
Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) is linked to mutations in the gene encoding poly(A)-binding protein nuclear 1 (PABPN1). OPMD mutations consist in an expansion of a tract that contains 10 alanines (to 12-17). The disease courses with muscle weakness that begins in adulthood, but the underlying mechanism is unclear. Here we investigated functional effects of PABPN1 and an OPMD mutation (PABPN1-17A), using myotubes transfected with cDNAs encoding these proteins (GFP-tagged). PABPN1 stimulated myoblast fusion (100%), but PABPN1-17A failed to mimic this effect...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281577/potent-pro-inflammatory-and-pro-fibrotic-molecules-osteopontin-and-galectin-3-are-not-major-disease-modulators-of-laminin-%C3%AE-2-chain-deficient-muscular-dystrophy
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Kinga I Gawlik, Johan Holmberg, Martina Svensson, Mikaela Einerborg, Bernardo M S Oliveira, Tomas Deierborg, Madeleine Durbeej
A large number of human diseases are caused by chronic tissue injury with fibrosis potentially leading to organ failure. There is a need for more effective anti-fibrotic therapies. Congenital muscular dystrophy type 1A (MDC1A) is a devastating form of muscular dystrophy caused by laminin α2 chain-deficiency. It is characterized with early inflammation and build-up of fibrotic lesions, both in patients and MDC1A mouse models (e.g. dy(3K)/dy(3K)). Despite the enormous impact of inflammation on tissue remodelling in disease, the inflammatory response in MDC1A has been poorly described...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277983/l-arginine-supplementation-improves-rats-antioxidant-system-and-exercise-performance
#5
E P Silva, L S Borges, C Mendes-da-Silva, S M Hirabara, R H Lambertucci
Reactive species have great importance in sports performance, once they can directly regulate energy production, muscular contraction, inflammation and fatigue. Therefore, the redox control is essential for athletes' performance. Studies demonstrated that L-arginine has an important role in the synthesis of urea, cell growth and production of nitric oxide, moreover, there are indications that it is also able to induce benefits to muscle antioxidant system through the upregulation of some antioxidant enzymes, and by inhibiting some pathways of reactive species production...
March 1, 2017: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277227/-red-yeast-rice-induced-muscular-injuries-analysis-of-french-pharmacovigilance-database-and-literature-review
#6
Christelle Philibert, Virginie Bres, Marie-Josèphe Jean-Pastor, Claire Guy, Bénédicte Lebrun-Vignes, Perrine Robin, Véronique Pinzani, Dominique Hillaire-Buys
Red yeast rice (RYR) is a dietary supplement containing monacolins obtained by fermentation of Monascus purpureus strains. Because of its structural homology with lovastatin, monacolin K inhibits HMG-CoA reductase and shows hypocholesterolemic properties comparable to synthetic statins. We studied all cases of myopathy involving RYR reported in the French national pharmacovigilance database (6 cases) and in scientific literature (9 cases). Among these cases, 9 showed elevated creatine kinase, 3 rhabdomyolysis and 2 myalgia...
October 27, 2016: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272691/the-effect-of-curcumin-on-bladder-tumor-in-rat-model
#7
Z-J Pan, N Deng, Z-H Zou, G-X Chen
OBJECTIVE: Bladder cancer is the most commonly malignant tumor in the urogenital tract, only next to prostate cancer with a higher incidence in China. Curcumin is the major component of curcuma longa and has multiple biological effects including anti-tumor. This study aimed to investigate the effect of curcumin on bladder cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: SPF-grade Wistar rats were used for establishing bladder cancer model through injection of N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU)...
February 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265507/the-effects-of-elevated-pain-inhibition-on-endurance-exercise-performance
#8
Andrew Flood, Gordon Waddington, Richard J Keegan, Kevin G Thompson, Stuart Cathcart
BACKGROUND: The ergogenic effects of analgesic substances suggest that pain perception is an important regulator of work-rate during fatiguing exercise. Recent research has shown that endogenous inhibitory responses, which act to attenuate nociceptive input and reduce perceived pain, can be increased following transcranial direct current stimulation of the hand motor cortex. Using high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS; 2 mA, 20 min), the current study aimed to examine the effects of elevated pain inhibitory capacity on endurance exercise performance...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257199/design-of-potent-mrna-decapping-scavenger-enzyme-dcps-inhibitors-with-improved-physicochemical-properties-to-investigate-the-mechanism-of-therapeutic-benefit-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy-sma
#9
Ariamala Gopalsamy, Arjun Narayanan, Shenping Liu, Mihir D Parikh, Robert E Kyne, Olugbeminiyi O Fadeyi, Michael A Tones, Jonathan J Cherry, Joseph F Nabhan, Gregory LaRosa, Donna N Petersen, Carol A Menard, Timothy L Foley, Stephen Noell, Yong Ren, Paula M Loria, Jodi Maglich-Goodwin, Haojing Rong, Lyn H Jones
The C-5 substituted 2,4-diaminoquinazoline RG3039 (compound 1), a member of a chemical series that was identified and optimized using an SMN2 promoter screen, prolongs survival and improves motor function in a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). It is a potent inhibitor of the mRNA Decapping Scavenger Enzyme (DcpS), but the mechanism whereby DcpS inhibition leads to therapeutic benefit is unclear. Compound 1 is a dibasic lipophilic molecule that is predicted to accumulate in lysosomes. To understand if the in-vivo efficacy is due to DcpS inhibition or other effects resulting from the physicochemical properties of the chemotype, we undertook structure based molecular design to identify DcpS inhibitors with improved physicochemical properties...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254804/gene-editing-with-crispr-cas9-rna-directed-nuclease
#10
REVIEW
Thomas Doetschman, Teodora Georgieva
Genetic engineering of model organisms and cultured cells has for decades provided important insights into the mechanisms underlying cardiovascular development and disease. In the past few years the development of several nuclease systems has broadened the range of model/cell systems that can be engineered. Of these, the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspersed short palindromic repeats)/Cas9 (CRISPR-associated protein 9) system has become the favorite for its ease of application. Here we will review this RNA-guided nuclease system for gene editing with respect to its usefulness for cardiovascular studies and with an eye toward potential therapy...
March 3, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243779/cross-education-of-muscular-strength-is-facilitated-by-homeostatic-plasticity
#11
Ashlyn K Frazer, Jacqueline Williams, Michael Spittle, Dawson J Kidgell
PURPOSE: We examined the effect of priming the ipsilateral motor cortex (M1) using anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) prior to a single bout of strength training on the cross-transfer of strength and corticospinal excitability and inhibition of the ipsilateral M1. METHODS: In a randomized double-blinded cross-over design, changes in strength and indices of corticospinal plasticity were analysed in 13 adults who were exposed to 20 min of ipsilateral anodal and sham tDCS (applied to the ipsilateral M1 to the training arm) followed by a single strength training session of the right Biceps Brachii only...
February 27, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
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
#13
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...
May 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 21, 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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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