Enhanced Muscular Dystrophy from Loss of Dysferlin Is Accompanied by Impaired Annexin A6 Translocation after Sarcolemmal Disruption

Alexis R. Demonbreun*, Madison V. Allen, James L. Warner, David Yeomans Barefield, Swathi Krishnan, Kaitlin E. Swanson, Judy U. Earley, Elizabeth M. McNally

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Dysferlin is a membrane-associated protein implicated in membrane resealing; loss of dysferlin leads to muscular dystrophy. We examined the same loss-of-function Dysf mutation in two different mouse strains, 129T2/SvEmsJ (Dysf129) and C57BL/6J (DysfB6). Although there are many genetic differences between these two strains, we focused on polymorphisms in Anxa6 because these variants were previously associated with modifying a pathologically distinct form of muscular dystrophy and increased the production of a truncated annexin A6 protein. Dysferlin deficiency in the C57BL/6J background was associated with increased Evan's Blue dye uptake into muscle and increased serum creatine kinase compared to the 129T2/SvEmsJ background. In the C57BL/6J background, dysferlin loss was associated with enhanced pathologic severity, characterized by decreased mean fiber cross-sectional area, increased internalized nuclei, and increased fibrosis, compared to that in Dysf129 mice. Macrophage infiltrate was also increased in DysfB6 muscle. High-resolution imaging of live myofibers demonstrated that fibers from DysfB6 mice displayed reduced translocation of full-length annexin A6 to the site of laser-induced sarcolemmal disruption compared to Dysf129 myofibers, and impaired translocation of annexin A6 associated with impaired resealing of the sarcolemma. These results provide one mechanism by which the C57BL/6J background intensifies dysferlinopathy, giving rise to a more severe form of muscular dystrophy in the DysfB6 mouse model through increased membrane leak and inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1610-1622
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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