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The differential gene expression profiles of proximal and distal muscle groups are altered in pre-pathological dysferlin-deficient mice

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Steven Laval, Dr Lynsey Cree, Faye Haldane, Ilka Wappler, Dr Heiko Peters, Dr Louise VB Anderson, Professor Volker StraubORCiD, Gerald Bibby, Emerita Professor Katherine Bushby


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The selective pattern of muscle involvement is a key feature of muscular dystrophies. Dysferlinopathy is a good model for studying this process since it shows variable muscle involvement that can be highly selective even in individual patients. The transcriptomes of proximal and distal muscles from wildtype C57BL/10 and dysferlin deficient C57BL/10.SJL-Dysf mice at a prepathological stage were assessed using the Affymetrix oligonucleotide- microarray system. We detected significant variation in gene expression between proximal and distal muscle in wildtype mice. Dysferlin defiency, even in the absence of pathological changes, altered this proximal distal difference but with little specific overlap with previous microarray analyses of dysferlinopathy. In conclusion, proximal and distal muscle groups show distinct patterns of gene expression and respond differently to dysferlin deficiency. This has implications for the selection of muscles for future microarray analyses, and also offers new routes for investigating the selectivity of muscle involvement in muscular dystrophies. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Von Der Hagen M, Laval SH, Cree LM, Haldane F, Pocock M, Wappler I, Peters H, Reitsamer HA, Hoger H, Wiedner M, Oberndorfer F, Anderson LVB, Straub V, Bittner RE, Bushby KMD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Neuromuscular Disorders

Year: 2005

Volume: 15

Issue: 12

Pages: 863-877

Print publication date: 01/12/2005

ISSN (print): 0960-8966

ISSN (electronic): 1873-2364

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.nmd.2005.09.002

PubMed id: 16288871


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