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Early signs of architectural and biomechanical failure in isolated myofibers and immortalized myoblasts from desmin-mutant knock-in mice


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Author(s): Diermeier S, Iberl J, Vetter K, Haug M, Pollmann C, Reischl B, Buttgereit A, Schürmann S, Spörrer M, Goldmann W, Fabry B, Elhamine F, Stehle R, Pfitzer G, Winter L, Clemen CS, Herrmann H, Schröder R, Friedrich O
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 7
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 1391
ISSN: 2045-2322

Abstract

In striated muscle, desmin intermediate filaments interlink the contractile myofibrillar apparatus with mitochondria, nuclei, and the sarcolemma. The desmin network's pivotal role in myocytes is evident since mutations in the human desmin gene cause severe myopathies and cardiomyopathies. Here, we investigated skeletal muscle pathology in myofibers and myofibrils isolated from young hetero- and homozygous R349P desmin knock-in mice, which carry the orthologue of the most frequent human desmin missense mutation R350P. We demonstrate that mutant desmin alters myofibrillar cytoarchitecture, markedly disrupts the lateral sarcomere lattice and distorts myofibrillar angular axial orientation. Biomechanical assessment revealed a high predisposition to stretch-induced damage in fiber bundles of R349P mice. Notably, Ca(2)(+)-sensitivity and passive myofibrillar tension were decreased in heterozygous fiber bundles, but increased in homozygous fiber bundles compared to wildtype mice. In a parallel approach, we generated and subsequently subjected immortalized heterozygous R349P desmin knock-in myoblasts to magnetic tweezer experiments that revealed a significantly increased sarcolemmal lateral stiffness. Our data suggest that mutated desmin already markedly impedes myocyte structure and function at pre-symptomatic stages of myofibrillar myopathies.



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APA: Diermeier, S., Iberl, J., Vetter, K., Haug, M., Pollmann, C., Reischl, B.,... Friedrich, O. (2017). Early signs of architectural and biomechanical failure in isolated myofibers and immortalized myoblasts from desmin-mutant knock-in mice. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1391. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-01485-x

MLA: Diermeier, Stefanie, et al. "Early signs of architectural and biomechanical failure in isolated myofibers and immortalized myoblasts from desmin-mutant knock-in mice." Scientific Reports 7.1 (2017): 1391.

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