Properties of slow- and fast-twitch muscle fibres in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Julie D. Atkin*, Rachel L. Scott, Jan M. West, Elizabeth Lopes, Alvin K.J. Quah, Surindar S. Cheema

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Abstract

This investigation was undertaken to determine if there are altered histological, pathological and contractile properties in presymptomatic or endstage diseased muscle fibres from representative slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscles of SOD1 G93A mice in comparison to wildtype mice. In presymptomatic SOD1 G93A mice, there was no detectable peripheral dysfunction, providing evidence that muscle pathology is secondary to motor neuronal dysfunction. At disease endstage however, single muscle fibre contractile analysis demonstrated that fast-twitch muscle fibres and neuromuscular junctions are preferentially affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-induced denervation, being unable to produce the same levels of force when activated by calcium as muscle fibres from their age-matched controls. The levels of transgenic SOD1 expression, aggregation state and activity were also examined in these muscles but there no was no preference for muscle fibre type. Hence, there is no simple correlation between SOD1 protein expression/activity, and muscle fibre type vulnerability in SOD1 G93A mice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-388
Number of pages12
JournalNeuromuscular Disorders
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ALS
  • Ca-activation
  • Fast-twitch
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Skeletal muscle
  • Slow-twitch
  • SOD1 G93A mice

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