Dystrophin-deficient mdx mice display a reduced life span and are susceptible to spontaneous rhabdomyosarcoma

Jeffrey S. Chamberlain, Joseph Metzger, Morayma Reyes Gil, DeWayne Townsend, John A. Faulkner

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Abstract

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common, lethal genetic disorder of children. A number of animal models of muscular dystrophy exist, but the most effective model for characterizing the structural and functional properties of dystrophin and therapeutic interventions has been the mdx mouse. Despite the ∼20 years of investigations of the mdx mouse, the impact of the disease on the life span of mdx mice and the cause of death remain unresolved. Consequently, a life span study of the mdx mouse was designed that included cohorts of male and female mdx and wild-type C57BL/10 mice housed under specific pathogen-free conditions with deaths restricted to natural causes and with examination of the carcasses for pathology. Compared with wild-type mice, both mdx male and female mice had reduced life spans and displayed a progressively dystrophic muscle histopathology. Surprisingly, old mdx mice were prone to develop muscle tumors that resembled the human form of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer associated with poor prognosis. Rhabdomyosarcomas have not been observed previously in nontransgenic mice. The results substantiate the mdx mouse as an important model system for studies of the pathogenesis of and potential remedies for DMD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2195-2204
Number of pages10
JournalFASEB Journal
Volume21
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Rhabdomyosarcoma
Muscle
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muscular dystrophy
Pathology
Pathogens
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Tumors
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Animal Muscular Dystrophy
Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma
Specific Pathogen-Free Organisms
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Inborn Genetic Diseases
Structural Models
Inbred C57BL Mouse
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Keywords

  • Aging
  • Muscular dystrophy

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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Dystrophin-deficient mdx mice display a reduced life span and are susceptible to spontaneous rhabdomyosarcoma. / Chamberlain, Jeffrey S.; Metzger, Joseph; Reyes Gil, Morayma; Townsend, DeWayne; Faulkner, John A.

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Chamberlain, Jeffrey S. ; Metzger, Joseph ; Reyes Gil, Morayma ; Townsend, DeWayne ; Faulkner, John A. / Dystrophin-deficient mdx mice display a reduced life span and are susceptible to spontaneous rhabdomyosarcoma. In: FASEB Journal. 2007 ; Vol. 21, No. 9. pp. 2195-2204.
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