Nerve pathology is prevented by linker proteins in mouse models for LAMA2- related muscular dystrophy

Reinhard, Judith R. and Porrello, Emanuela and Lin, Shuo and Pelczar, Pawel and Previtali, Stefano C. and Rüegg, Markus A.. (2022) Nerve pathology is prevented by linker proteins in mouse models for LAMA2- related muscular dystrophy.

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LAMA2-related muscular dystrophy (LAMA2 MD or MDC1A) is caused by mutations in the LAMA2 gene encoding laminin-α2, the long chain of several heterotrimeric laminins. Laminins are essential components of the extracellular matrix that interface with underlying cells. The pathology of LAMA2 MD patients is dominated by the severe muscular dystrophy but also involves other tissues. In the dyW/dyW mouse model for LAMA2 MD, amelioration of muscle function by skeletal muscle-specific expression of the two linker proteins, mini-agrin and αLNNd, is sufficient to greatly increase survival. In such survivors, the phenotype is dominated by the hindlimb paralysis. We now show that ubiquitous expression of the two linker proteins in dyW/dyW mice improves muscle function and prevents hindlimb paralysis. The same ameliorating effect of the linker proteins was seen in dy3K/dy3K mice, which represent the most severe mouse model of LAMA2 MD. In summary, these data show that the two linker proteins can compensate the loss of laminin-α2 in many, if not all tissues affected in LAMA2 MD.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Neurobiology > Pharmacology/Neurobiology (Rüegg)
UniBasel Contributors:Rüegg, Markus A.
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