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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195574/muscle-specific-crispr-cas9-dystrophin-gene-editing-ameliorates-pathophysiology-in-a-mouse-model-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Niclas E Bengtsson, John K Hall, Guy L Odom, Michael P Phelps, Colin R Andrus, R David Hawkins, Stephen D Hauschka, Joel R Chamberlain, Jeffrey S Chamberlain
Gene replacement therapies utilizing adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors hold great promise for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). A related approach uses AAV vectors to edit specific regions of the DMD gene using CRISPR/Cas9. Here we develop multiple approaches for editing the mutation in dystrophic mdx(4cv) mice using single and dual AAV vector delivery of a muscle-specific Cas9 cassette together with single-guide RNA cassettes and, in one approach, a dystrophin homology region to fully correct the mutation...
February 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161362/ngf-dependent-axon-growth-and-regeneration-are-altered-in-sympathetic-neurons-of-dystrophic-mdx-mice
#2
Loredana Lombardi, Irene Persiconi, Alessandra Gallo, Casper C Hoogenraad, Maria Egle De Stefano
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal disease, determined by lack of dystrophin (Dp427), a muscular cytoskeletal protein also expressed by selected neuronal populations. Consequently, besides muscular wasting, both human patients and DMD animal models suffer several neural disorders. In previous studies on the superior cervical ganglion (SCG) of wild type and dystrophic mdx mice (Lombardi et al. 2008), we hypothesized that Dp427 could play some role in NGF-dependent axonal growth, both during development and adulthood...
February 2, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
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
#4
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/28063157/a-new-method-of-genotyping-mdx-4cv-mice-by-pcr-rflp-analysis
#5
Elisia D Tichy, Foteini Mourkioti
INTRODUCTION: The mdx(4cv) mouse is a common model to study Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The most utilized methodology to identify the genotype of these mice is Sanger DNA sequencing. METHODS: Here, we provide a simple, cost-effective alternative approach to identify the wildtype, heterozygous, or homozygous/hemizygous genotypes of these mice, using commonly available laboratory equipment and reagents. RESULTS: Our technique exploits a restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) that is generated by the point mutation found in exon 53 of mdx(4cv) mice...
January 7, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057817/contractile-efficiency-of-dystrophic-mdx-mouse-muscle-in-vivo-and-ex-vivo-assessment-of-adaptation-to-exercise-of-functional-end-points
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Roberta Francesca Capogrosso, Paola Mantuano, Anna Cozzoli, Francesca Sanarica, Ada Maria Massari, Elena Conte, Adriano Fonzino, Arcangela Giustino, Jean-Francois Rolland, Angelo Quaranta, Michela De Bellis, Giulia Maria Camerino, Robert W Grange, Annamaria De Luca
Progressive weakness is a typical feature of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients and is exacerbated in the benign mdx mouse model by in vivo treadmill exercise. We hypothesized a different threshold for functional adaptation of mdx muscles in response to the duration of the exercise protocol. In vivo weakness was confirmed by grip strength after 4, 8 and 12 weeks of exercise in mdx mice. Torque measurements revealed that exercise-related weakness in mdx mice correlated with the duration of the protocol, while wild-type (wt) mice were stronger...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028563/whole-genome-sequencing-reveals-a-7-base-pair-deletion-in-dmd-exon-42-in-a-dog-with-muscular-dystrophy
#7
Peter P Nghiem, Luca Bello, Cindy Balog-Alvarez, Sara Mata López, Amanda Bettis, Heather Barnett, Briana Hernandez, Scott J Schatzberg, Richard J Piercy, Joe N Kornegay
Dystrophin is a key cytoskeletal protein coded by the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) gene located on the X-chromosome. Truncating mutations in the DMD gene cause loss of dystrophin and the classical DMD clinical syndrome. Spontaneous DMD gene mutations and associated phenotypes occur in several other species. The mdx mouse model and the golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) canine model have been used extensively to study DMD disease pathogenesis and show efficacy and side effects of putative treatments...
December 27, 2016: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018975/disease-modifying-effects-of-orally-bioavailable-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibitors-in-dystrophin-deficient-muscle
#8
David W Hammers, Margaret M Sleeper, Sean C Forbes, Cora C Coker, Michael R Jirousek, Michael Zimmer, Glenn A Walter, H Lee Sweeney
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a devastating muscle disease characterized by progressive muscle deterioration and replacement with an aberrant fatty, fibrous matrix. Chronic upregulation of nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) is implicated as a driver of the dystrophic pathogenesis. Herein, 2 members of a novel class of NF-κB inhibitors, edasalonexent (formerly CAT-1004) and CAT-1041, were evaluated in both mdx mouse and golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) dog models of DMD. These orally bioavailable compounds consist of a polyunsaturated fatty acid conjugated to salicylic acid and potently suppress the pathogenic NF-κB subunit p65/RelA in vitro...
December 22, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004656/co-delivery-of-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-prevents-loss-of-expression-of-an-antigenic-transgene-in-dystrophic-mouse-muscles
#9
D Sharma, R Al-Khalidi, S Edgar, Q An, Y Wang, C Young, D Nowis, D C Gorecki
A significant problem affecting gene therapy approaches aiming at achieving long-term transgene expression is the immune response against the protein product of the therapeutic gene, which can reduce or eliminate the therapeutic effect. The problem is further exacerbated when therapy involves targeting an immunogenic tissue and/or one with a pre-existing inflammatory phenotype, such as dystrophic muscles. In this proof-of-principle study, we co-expressed a model antigen, bacterial β-galactosidase, with an immunosuppressive factor, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1), in muscles of the mdx mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy...
December 22, 2016: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003225/muscles-specific-microrna-206-targets-multiple-components-in-dystrophic-skeletal-muscle-representing-beneficial-adaptations
#10
Adel Amirouche, Vanessa E Jahnke, John A Lunde, Nathalie Koulmann, Damien G Freyssenet, Bernard J Jasmin
Over the last several years, converging lines of evidence have indicated that miR-206 plays a pivotal role in promoting muscle differentiation and regeneration, thereby potentially impacting positively on the progression of neuromuscular disorders including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Despite several studies showing the regulatory function of miR-206 on target mRNAs in skeletal muscle cells, the effects of overexpression of miR-206 in dystrophic muscles remain to be established. Here, we found that miR-206 overexpression in mdx mouse muscles simultaneously targets multiple mRNAs and proteins implicated in satellite cell differentiation, muscle regeneration, and at the neuromuscular junction...
December 21, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979987/altered-nuclear-dynamics-in-mdx-myofibers
#11
Shama R Iyer, Sameer B Shah, Ana P Valencia, Martin F Schneider, Erick O Hernandez-Ochoa, Joseph P Stains, Silvia S Blemker, Richard M Lovering
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder in which the absence of dystrophin leads to progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. While the genetic basis is known, the pathophysiology of dystrophic skeletal muscle remains unclear. We examined nuclear movement in wild type (WT) and dystrophin-null (MDX) mouse myofibers. We also examined expression of proteins in the LINC (linkers of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton) complex as well as nuclear transcriptional activity via histone H3 acetylation and polyadenylate-binding nuclear protein-1...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27975174/dysregulation-of-intracellular-ca-2-in-dystrophic-cortical-and-hippocampal-neurons
#12
José R Lopez, Juan Kolster, Arkady Uryash, Eric Estève, Francisco Altamirano, José A Adams
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an inherited X-linked disorder characterized by skeletal muscle wasting, cardiomyopathy, as well as cognitive impairment. Lack of dystrophin in striated muscle produces dyshomeostasis of resting intracellular Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i), Na(+) ([Na(+)]i), and oxidative stress. Here, we test the hypothesis that similar to striated muscle cells, an absence of dystrophin in neurons from mdx mice (a mouse model for DMD) is also associated with dysfunction of [Ca(2+)]i homeostasis and oxidative stress...
December 15, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956144/self-aggregating-1-8kda-polyethylenimines-with-dissolution-switch-at-endosomal-acidic-ph-are-delivery-carriers-for-plasmid-dna-mrna-sirna-and-exon-skipping-oligonucleotides
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Manuela Chiper, Nassera Tounsi, Ryszard Kole, Antoine Kichler, Guy Zuber
Efficiency of polyethylenimine (PEI) for nucleic acid delivery is affected by the size of the carrier and length of the nucleic acids. For instance, PEIs with molecular weights between 10-30kDa provide optimal DNA delivery activity whereas PEIs with molecular weights below 1.8kDa are ineffective. The activity of PEI is also severely diminished by substitution of DNA for shorter nucleic acids such as mRNA or siRNA. Here, through chemical modification of the primary amines to aromatic domains we achieved nucleic acid delivery by the 1...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932677/suite-of-clinically-relevant-functional-assays-to-address-therapeutic-efficacy-and-disease-mechanism-in-the-dystrophic-mdx-mouse
#14
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/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
#15
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/27913649/identification-and-function-of-fibrocytes-in-skeletal-muscle-injury-repair-and-muscular-dystrophy
#16
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
#17
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 29, 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
#18
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/27904496/adipose-derived-stem-cells-enhance-myogenic-differentiation-in-the-mdx-mouse-model-of-muscular-dystrophy-via-paracrine-signaling
#19
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
#20
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
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