Journal Article

E2F transcription factor-1 deficiency reduces pathophysiology in the mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy through increased muscle oxidative metabolism

Emilie Blanchet, Jean-Sébastien Annicotte, Ludivine A. Pradelli, Gérald Hugon, Stéfan Matecki, Dominique Mornet, François Rivier and Lluis Fajas

in Human Molecular Genetics

Volume 21, issue 17, pages 3910-3917
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 0964-6906
Published online June 2012 | e-ISSN: 1460-2083 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hmg/dds219

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E2F1 deletion leads to increased mitochondrial number and function, increased body temperature in response to cold and increased resistance to fatigue with exercise. Since E2f1−/− mice show increased muscle performance, we examined the effect of E2f1 genetic inactivation in the mdx background, a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). E2f1−/−;mdx mice demonstrated a strong reduction of physiopathological signs of DMD, including preservation of muscle structure, decreased inflammatory profile, increased utrophin expression, resulting in better endurance and muscle contractile parameters, comparable to normal mdx mice. E2f1 deficiency in the mdx genetic background increased the oxidative metabolic gene program, mitochondrial activity and improved muscle functions. Interestingly, we observed increased E2F1 protein levels in DMD patients, suggesting that E2F1 might represent a promising target for the treatment of DMD.

Journal Article.  3829 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics

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