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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932677/suite-of-clinically-relevant-functional-assays-to-address-therapeutic-efficacy-and-disease-mechanism-in-the-dystrophic-mdx-mouse
#1
Yafeng Song, Shira Tziporah Rosenblum, Leon Morales, Mihail Petrov, Christopher Greer, Samantha Globerman, Hansell H Stedman
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive primary myodegenerative disease caused by a genetic deficiency of the 427 KD cytoskeletal protein dystrophin. Despite its single-gene etiology, DMD's complex pathogenesis remains poorly understood, complicating the extrapolation from results of preclinical studies in genetic homologues to the design of informative clinical trials. Here we describe novel phenotypic assays which when applied to the mdx mouse resemble recently used primary endpoints for DMD clinical trials...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931510/generation-of-equine-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-analysis-of-their-therapeutic-potential-for-muscle-injuries
#2
Eun-Mi Lee, Ah-Young Kim, Eun-Joo Lee, Jin-Kyu Park, Se-Il Park, Ssang-Goo Cho, Hong Kyun Kim, Shin-Yoon Kim, Kyu-Shik Jeong
Horse health has become a major concern with the expansion of horse-related industries and sports; the importance of healthy muscles for horse performance and daily activities is undisputed. Here we generated equine-induced pluripotent stem cells (E-iPSCs) by reprogramming equine adipose-derived stem cells (E-ADSCs) into iPSCs using a polycistronic lentiviral vector encoding four transcription factors (i.e., Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, and c-Myc) and then examined their pluripotent characteristics. Subsequently, established E-iPSCs were transplanted into muscle-injured Rag/mdx mice...
November 2016: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924830/impaired-regenerative-capacity-and-lower-revertant-fibre-expansion-in-dystrophin-deficient-mdx-muscles-on-dba-2-background
#3
Merryl Rodrigues, Yusuke Echigoya, Rika Maruyama, Kenji Rowel Q Lim, So-Ichiro Fukada, Toshifumi Yokota
Duchenne muscular dystrophy, one of the most common lethal genetic disorders, is caused by mutations in the DMD gene and a lack of dystrophin protein. In most DMD patients and animal models, sporadic dystrophin-positive muscle fibres, called revertant fibres (RFs), are observed in otherwise dystrophin-negative backgrounds. RFs are thought to arise from skeletal muscle precursor cells and clonally expand with age due to the frequent regeneration of necrotic fibres. Here we examined the effects of genetic background on muscle regeneration and RF expansion by comparing dystrophin-deficient mdx mice on the C57BL/6 background (mdx-B6) with those on the DBA/2 background (mdx-DBA), which have a more severe phenotype...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924585/salivary-diagnostics-using-purified-nucleic-acids
#4
Paul D Slowey
Saliva is an easily accessible fluid that has led to increasing interest in the development of salivary diagnostics. This chapter describes some of the newer tools and procedures for collection, stabilization, and storage of oral fluid matrices that aid in the successful use of saliva as a test specimen. This chapter focuses particularly on nucleic acid components for downstream molecular diagnostic (MDx) testing, since this is probably the area where saliva is likely to have the greatest impact in improving healthcare for the general population...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921261/attempting-to-compensate-for-reduced-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-protein-with-nitrate-supplementation-cannot-overcome-metabolic-dysfunction-but-rather-has-detrimental-effects-in-dystrophin-deficient-mdx-muscle
#5
Cara A Timpani, Adam J Trewin, Vanesa Stojanovska, Ainsley Robinson, Craig A Goodman, Kulmira Nurgali, Andrew C Betik, Nigel Stepto, Alan Hayes, Glenn K McConell, Emma Rybalka
Duchenne muscular dystrophy arises from the loss of dystrophin and is characterized by calcium dysregulation, muscular atrophy, and metabolic dysfunction. The secondary reduction of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) from the sarcolemma reduces NO production and bioavailability. As NO modulates glucose uptake, metabolism, and mitochondrial bioenergetics, we investigated whether an 8-week nitrate supplementation regimen could overcome metabolic dysfunction in the mdx mouse. Dystrophin-positive control (C57BL/10) and dystrophin-deficient mdx mice were supplemented with sodium nitrate (85 mg/l) in drinking water...
December 5, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915475/how-precisely-can-prostate-cancer-be-managed
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Liyan Zhuang, Matthew T Johnson
Progress has been made in applying genetic information to disease management in the postgenomic era, and precision medicine is emerging in prostate cancer management. The prostate health index, the 4-kallikrein (4K) score, and the PCA3, TMPRSS2- ERG, and Prostarix tests have potential for refining prostate cancer screening in conjunction with traditional prostate-specific antigen testing. The Confirm MDx and PCA3 tests have shown promise in identifying men who need be rebiopsied after a primary negative biopsy...
November 2016: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913649/identification-and-function-of-fibrocytes-in-skeletal-muscle-injury-repair-and-muscular-dystrophy
#7
Xingyu Wang, Wanming Zhao, Richard M Ransohoff, Lan Zhou
We identified and characterized the function of CD45(+)/collagen I(+) fibrocytes in acutely injured skeletal muscle of wild-type (WT) and Ccr2(-/-) mice, and in quadriceps and diaphragm muscles of mdx(5cv) mice, a mouse model for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Fibrocytes were not detected in peripheral blood of WT mice after acute muscle injury or mdx(5cv) mice. Fibrocytes were detected in acutely injured muscles and in mdx(5cv) quadriceps and diaphragm muscles. These cells expressed F4/80 and CCR2, and they were mostly Ly6C(lo) They expressed a low level of collagens but a high level of profibrotic growth factors as compared with i...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908661/uniform-low-level-dystrophin-expression-in-the-heart-partially-preserved-cardiac-function-in-an-aged-mouse-model-of-duchenne-cardiomyopathy
#8
Nalinda B Wasala, Yongping Yue, Jenna Vance, Dongsheng Duan
Dystrophin deficiency results in Duchenne cardiomyopathy, a primary cause of death in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Gene therapy has shown great promise in ameliorating the cardiac phenotype in mouse models of DMD. However, it is not completely clear how much dystrophin is required to treat dystrophic heart disease. We and others have shown that mosaic dystrophin expression at the wild-type level, depending on the percentage of dystrophin positive cardiomyocytes, can either delay the onset of or fully prevent cardiomyopathy in dystrophin-null mdx mice...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906462/histopathological-evaluation-of-skeletal-muscle-with-specific-reference-to-mouse-models-of-muscular-dystrophy
#9
Rebecca L Terry, Dominic J Wells
The muscular dystrophies are a diverse group of degenerative diseases for which many mouse models are available. These models are frequently used to assess potential therapeutic interventions and histological evaluation of multiple muscles is an important part of this assessment. Histological evaluation is especially useful when combined with tests of muscle function. This unit describes a protocol for necropsy, processing, cryosectioning, and histopathological evaluation of murine skeletal muscles, which is applicable to both models of muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Mouse Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906113/dystrophin-restoration-therapy-improves-both-the-reduced-excitability-and-the-force-drop-induced-by-lengthening-contractions-in-dystrophic-mdx-skeletal-muscle
#10
Pauline Roy, Fredérique Rau, Julien Ochala, Julien Messéant, Bodvael Fraysse, Jeanne Lainé, Onnik Agbulut, Gillian Butler-Browne, Denis Furling, Arnaud Ferry
BACKGROUND: The greater susceptibility to contraction-induced skeletal muscle injury (fragility) is an important dystrophic feature and tool for testing preclinic dystrophin-based therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. However, how these therapies reduce the muscle fragility is not clear. METHODS: To address this question, we first determined the event(s) of the excitation-contraction cycle which is/are altered following lengthening (eccentric) contractions in the mdx muscle...
July 20, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906108/heme-oxygenase-and-carbon-monoxide-protect-from-muscle-dystrophy
#11
Mun Chun Chan, Olivia Ziegler, Laura Liu, Glenn C Rowe, Saumya Das, Leo E Otterbein, Zoltan Arany
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscle dystrophy (DMD) is one of the most common lethal genetic diseases of children worldwide and is 100% fatal. Steroids, the only therapy currently available, are marred by poor efficacy and a high side-effect profile. New therapeutic approaches are urgently needed. METHODS: Here, we leverage PGC-1α, a powerful transcriptional coactivator known to protect against dystrophy in the mdx murine model of DMD, to search for novel mechanisms of protection against dystrophy...
November 28, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906065/dystrophin-deficient-dogs-with-reduced-myostatin-have-unequal-muscle-growth-and-greater-joint-contractures
#12
Joe N Kornegay, Daniel J Bogan, Janet R Bogan, Jennifer L Dow, Jiahui Wang, Zheng Fan, Naili Liu, Leigh C Warsing, Robert W Grange, Mihye Ahn, Cynthia J Balog-Alvarez, Steven W Cotten, Monte S Willis, Candice Brinkmeyer-Langford, Hongtu Zhu, Joe Palandra, Carl A Morris, Martin A Styner, Kathryn R Wagner
BACKGROUND: Myostatin (Mstn) is a negative regulator of muscle growth whose inhibition promotes muscle growth and regeneration. Dystrophin-deficient mdx mice in which myostatin is knocked out or inhibited postnatally have a less severe phenotype with greater total mass and strength and less fibrosis and fatty replacement of muscles than mdx mice with wild-type myostatin expression. Dogs with golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) have previously been noted to have increased muscle mass and reduced fibrosis after systemic postnatal myostatin inhibition...
April 4, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906064/treatment-with-rgdf11-does-not-improve-the-dystrophic-muscle-pathology-of-mdx-mice
#13
Fabrizio Rinaldi, Yu Zhang, Ricardo Mondragon-Gonzalez, Jeffrey Harvey, Rita C R Perlingeiro
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an inherited lethal muscle wasting disease characterized by cycles of degeneration and regeneration, with no effective therapy. Growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), a member of the TGF-β superfamily and myostatin homologous, has been reported to have the capacity to reverse age-related skeletal muscle loss. These initial findings led us to investigate the ability of GDF11 to promote regeneration in the context of muscular dystrophy and determine whether it could be a candidate to slow down or reverse the disease progression in DMD...
June 14, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904496/adipose-derived-stem-cells-enhance-myogenic-differentiation-in-the-mdx-mouse-model-of-muscular-dystrophy-via-paracrine-signaling
#14
Ji-Qing Cao, Ying-Yin Liang, Ya-Qin Li, Hui-Li Zhang, Yu-Ling Zhu, Jia Geng, Li-Qing Yang, Shan-Wei Feng, Juan Yang, Jie Kong, Cheng Zhang
Adipose-derived stem cells have been shown to promote peripheral nerve regeneration through the paracrine secretion of neurotrophic factors. However, it is unclear whether these cells can promote myogenic differentiation in muscular dystrophy. Adipose-derived stem cells (6 × 10(6)) were injected into the gastrocnemius muscle of mdx mice at various sites. Dystrophin expression was found in the muscle fibers. Phosphorylation levels of Akt, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), eIF-4E binding protein 1 and S6 kinase 1 were increased, and the Akt/mTOR pathway was activated...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879669/synthesis-of-a-morpholino-nucleic-acid-mna-uridine-phosphoramidite-and-exon-skipping-using-mna-2-o-methyl-mixmer-antisense-oligonucleotide
#15
Suxiang Chen, Bao T Le, Kamal Rahimizadeh, Khalil Shaikh, Narinder Mohal, Rakesh N Veedu
In this study, we synthesised a morpholino nucleoside-uridine (MNA-U) phosphoramidite and evaluated the potential of a MNA-modified antisense oligonucleotide (AO) sequences to induce exon 23 skipping in mdx mouse myotubes in vitro towards extending the applicability of morpholino chemistry with other nucleotide monomers. We designed, synthesised, and compared exon skipping efficiencies of 20 mer MNA-modified 2'-O-methyl RNA mixmer AO on a phosphorothioate backbone (MNA/2'-OMePS) to the corresponding fully modified 2'-O-methyl RNA AO (2'-OMePS) as a control...
November 22, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859236/postnatal-hyperplasic-effects-of-actriib-blockade-in-a-severely-dystrophic-muscle
#16
C Nielsen, R M Potter, C Borowy, K Jacinto, R Kumar, C G Carlson
The efficacy of two ActRIIB ligand trapping agents (RAP-031, RAP-435) in treating muscular dystrophy was examined by determining their morphological effects on the severely dystrophic triangularis sterni (TS) muscle of the mdx mouse, a model for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. These agents trap all endogenous ligands to the ActRIIB receptor and thereby block myostatin signaling in a highly selective manner. Short (1 month) and long term (3 months) in vivo treatment of 1 month old mdx mice increased myonuclei and fiber cross section (FCS) density but did not alter individual fiber size...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854211/n-terminal-%C3%AE-dystroglycan-%C3%AE-dg-n-a%C3%A2-potential-serum-biomarker-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#17
Kelly E Crowe, Guohong Shao, Kevin M Flanigan, Paul T Martin
BACKGROUND: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a severe, progressive, neuromuscular disorder of childhood. While a number of serum factors have been identified as potential biomarkers of DMD, none, as yet, are proteins within the dystrophin-associated glycoprotein (DAG) complex. OBJECTIVE: We have developed an immobilized serum ELISA assay to measure the expression of a constitutively cleaved and secreted component of the DAG complex, the N-terminal domain of α dystroglycan (αDG-N), and assayed relative expression in serum from muscular dystrophy patients and normal controls...
May 27, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854202/current-translational-research-and-murine-models-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#18
Merryl Rodrigues, Yusuke Echigoya, So-Ichiro Fukada, Toshifumi Yokota
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration. Mutations in the DMD gene result in the absence of dystrophin, a protein required for muscle strength and stability. Currently, there is no cure for DMD. Since murine models are relatively easy to genetically manipulate, cost effective, and easily reproducible due to their short generation time, they have helped to elucidate the pathobiology of dystrophin deficiency and to assess therapies for treating DMD...
March 3, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836895/lifelong-quercetin-enrichment-and-cardioprotection-in-mdx-utrn-ice
#19
Christopher Ballmann, Thomas Denney, Ronald J Beyers, Tiffany S Quindry, Matthew Romero, Rajesh H Amin, Joshua T Selsby, John C Quindry
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is associated with progressive cardiac pathology, however, the SIRT1/PGC1-α activator quercetin may cardioprotect dystrophic hearts. We tested the extent to which long term 0.2% dietary quercetin enrichment attenuates dystrophic cardiopathology in Mdx/Utrn(+/-) mice. At 2 months, Mdx/Utrn(+/-) mice were fed quercetin enriched (Mdx/Utrn(+/-)-Q) or control diet (Mdx/Utrn(+/-)) for 8 months. Control C57BL/10 (C57) animals were fed a control diet for 10 months. Cardiac function was quantified by MRI at 2 and 10 months...
November 11, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834955/mitochondria-mediate-cell-membrane-repair-and-contribute-to-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#20
Maria C Vila, Sree Rayavarapu, Marshall W Hogarth, Jack H Van der Meulen, Adam Horn, Aurelia Defour, Shin'ichi Takeda, Kristy J Brown, Yetrib Hathout, Kanneboyina Nagaraju, Jyoti K Jaiswal
Dystrophin deficiency is the genetic basis for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), but the cellular basis of progressive myofiber death in DMD is not fully understood. Using two dystrophin-deficient mdx mouse models, we find that the mitochondrial dysfunction is among the earliest cellular deficits of mdx muscles. Mitochondria in dystrophic myofibers also respond poorly to sarcolemmal injury. These mitochondrial deficits reduce the ability of dystrophic muscle cell membranes to repair and are associated with a compensatory increase in dysferlin-mediated membrane repair proteins...
November 11, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
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