Equal force recovery in dysferlin-deficient and wild-type muscles following saponin exposure

Piming Zhao, Li Xu, Younss Ait-Mou, Pieter P. De Tombe, Renzhi Han

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    Dysferlin plays an important role in repairing membrane damage elicited by laser irradiation, and dysferlin deficiency causes muscular dystrophy and associated cardiomyopathy. Proteins such as perforin, complement component C9, and bacteria-derived cytolysins, as well as the natural detergent saponin, can form large pores on the cell membrane via complexation with cholesterol. However, it is not clear whether dysferlin plays a role in repairing membrane damage induced by pore-forming reagents. In this study, we observed that dysferlin-deficient muscles recovered the tetanic force production to the same extent as their WT counterparts following a 5-min saponin exposure (50 μg/mL). Interestingly, the slow soleus muscles recovered significantly better than the fast extensor digitorum longus (EDL) muscles. Our data suggest that dysferlin is unlikely involved in repairing saponin-induced membrane damage and that the slow muscle is more efficient than the fast muscle in repairing such damage.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number235216
    JournalJournal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2011


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biotechnology
    • Molecular Medicine
    • Molecular Biology
    • Genetics
    • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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