Journal article

Deletion of murine SMN exon 7 directed to skeletal muscle leads to severe muscular dystrophy

C Cifuentes-Diaz, T Frugier, FD Tiziano, E Lacene, N Roblot, V Joshi, MH Moreau, J Melki

JOURNAL OF CELL BIOLOGY | ROCKEFELLER UNIV PRESS | Published : 2001

Abstract

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is characterized by degeneration of motor neurons of the spinal cord associated with muscle paralysis and caused by mutations of the survival motor neuron gene (SMN). To determine whether SMN gene defect in skeletal muscle might have a role in SMA pathogenesis, deletion of murine SMN exon 7, the most frequent mutation found in SMA, has been restricted to skeletal muscle by using the Cre-loxP system. Mutant mice display ongoing muscle necrosis with a dystrophic phenotype leading to muscle paralysis and death. The dystrophic phenotype is associated with elevated levels of creatine kinase activity, Evans blue dye uptake into muscle fibers, reduced amount of dystrop..

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