Lipid accumulation in dysferlin-deficient muscles

Miranda Grounds, Jessica Terrill, Hannah Radley-Crabb, T. Robertson, John Papadimitriou, S. Spuler, Tea Shavlakadze

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Dysferlin is a membrane associated protein involved in vesicle trafficking and fusion. Defects in dysferlin result in limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2B and Miyoshi myopathy in humans and myopathy in A/Jdys-/- and BLAJ mice, but the pathomechanism of the myopathy is not understood. Oil Red O staining showed many lipid droplets within the psoas and quadriceps muscles of dysferlin-deficient A/Jdys-/- mice aged 8 and 12 months, and lipid droplets were also conspicuous within human myofibers from patients with dysferlinopathy (but not other myopathies). Electron microscopy of 8-month-old A/Jdys-/- psoas muscles confirmed lipid droplets within myofibers and showed disturbed architecture of myofibers. In addition, the presence of many adipocytes was confirmed, and a possible role for dysferlin in adipocytes is suggested. Increased expression of mRNA for a gene involved in early lipogenesis, CCAAT/enhancer binding protein-δ, in 3-month-old A/J dys-/- quadriceps (before marked histopathology is evident), indicates early induction of lipogenesis/adipogenesis within dysferlin-deficient muscles. Similar results were seen for dysferlin-deficient BLAJ mice. These novel observations of conspicuous intermyofibrillar lipid and progressive adipocyte replacement in dysferlin-deficient muscles present a new focus for investigating the mechanisms that result in the progressive decline of muscle function in dysferlinopathies. Copyright © 2014 American Society for Investigative Pathology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1668-1676
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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