Frédéric Trensz

Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

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Publications (6)19.38 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Skeletal muscle atrophy is a serious concern for the rehabilitation of patients afflicted by prolonged limb restriction. This debilitating condition is associated with a marked activation of NFκB activity. The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway degrades the NFκB inhibitor IκBα, enabling NFκB to translocate to the nucleus and bind to the target genes that promote muscle atrophy. Although several studies showed that proteasome inhibitors are efficient to reduce atrophy, no studies have demonstrated the ability of these inhibitors to preserve muscle function under catabolic condition. We recently developed a new hindlimb immobilization procedure that induces significant skeletal muscle atrophy and used it to show that an inflammatory process characterized by the up-regulation of TNFα, a known activator of the canonical NFκB pathway, is associated with the atrophy. Here, we used this model to investigate the effect of in vivo proteasome inhibition on the muscle integrity by histological approach. TNFα, IL-1, IL-6, MuRF-1 and Atrogin/MAFbx mRNA level were determined by qPCR. Also, a functional measurement of locomotors activity was performed to determine if the treatment can shorten the rehabilitation period following immobilization. In the present study, we showed that the proteasome inhibitor MG132 significantly inhibited IκBα degradation thus preventing NFκB activation in vitro. MG132 preserved muscle and myofiber cross-sectional area by downregulating the muscle-specific ubiquitin ligases atrogin-1/MAFbx and MuRF-1 mRNA in vivo. This effect resulted in a diminished rehabilitation period. These finding demonstrate that proteasome inhibitors show potential for the development of pharmacological therapies to prevent muscle atrophy and thus favor muscle rehabilitation.
    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 08/2011; 12:185. · 1.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Heterotopic ossification (HO) is defined as the formation of bone inside soft tissue. Symptoms include joint stiffness, swelling, and pain. Apart from the inherited form, the common traumatic form generally occurs at sites of injury in damaged muscles and is often associated with brain injury. We investigated bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP-9), which possesses a strong osteoinductive capacity, for its involvement in muscle HO physiopathology. We found that BMP-9 had an osteoinductive influence on mouse muscle resident stromal cells by increasing their alkaline phosphatase activity and bone-specific marker expression. Interestingly, BMP-9 induced HO only in damaged muscle, whereas BMP-2 promoted HO in skeletal muscle regardless of its state. The addition of the soluble form of the ALK1 protein (the BMP-9 receptor) significantly inhibited the osteoinductive potential of BMP-9 in cells and HO in damaged muscles. BMP-9 thus should be considered a candidate for involvement in HO physiopathology, with its activity depending on the skeletal muscle microenvironment.
    Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 06/2011; 26(6):1166-77. · 6.13 Impact Factor
  • Frédéric Trensz, Anthony Scimè, Guillaume Grenier
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    ABSTRACT: There are currently no curative treatments available for people suffering from one of the many prevalent disease- and trauma-related muscle myopathies. One approach to ameliorate these conditions relies on the cell-based transplantation of myogenic stem cells or, more optimistically, the transfer of engineered skeletal muscle tissue. To date, clinical trials with myogenic stem cell transplantation have met with only modest success while engineered muscle tissue transplantation is at its earliest stages of development. The many studies on muscle tissue engineering underscore the importance of the myogenic stem cell niche that plays a pivotal role in transplantation success. More work is required to determine the components of the niche required for improving the integration and function of transplanted cells and engineered tissues in host muscle.
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    ABSTRACT: Previous work has pointed to a role for the Wnt canonical pathway in fibrosis formation in aged skeletal muscles. In the present study, we studied the dystrophic mdx mouse, which displays skeletal muscle fibrosis. Our results indicated that the muscle resident stromal cell (mrSC) population in the muscles of dystrophic mice is higher than in the muscles of age-matched wild-type mice. Wnt3a promoted the proliferation of and collagen expression by cultured mrSCs but arrested the growth of and collagen expression by cultured myoblasts. Injections of Wnt3A in the tibialis anterior muscles of adult wild-type mice significantly enhanced the mrSC population and collagen deposition compared with the contralateral muscles. Conversely, an injection of the Wnt antagonist Dickkof protein (DKK1) into the skeletal muscles of mdx mice significantly reduced collagen deposition. These results suggested that the Wnt canonical pathway expands the population of mrSCs and stimulates their production of collagen as observed during aging and in various myopathies.
    AJP Cell Physiology 11/2010; 299(5):C939-47. · 3.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Skeletal muscle ageing is characterized by faulty degenerative/regenerative processes that promote the decline of its mass, strength, and endurance. In this study, we used a transcriptional profiling method to better understand the molecular pathways and factors that contribute to these processes. To more appropriately contrast the differences in regenerative capacity of old muscle, we compared it with young muscle, where robust growth and efficient myogenic differentiation is ongoing. Notably, in old mice, we found a severe deficit in satellite cells activation. We performed expression analyses on RNA from the gastrocnemius muscle of young (3-week-old) and old (24-month-old) mice. The differential expression highlighted genes that are involved in the efficient functioning of satellite cells. Indeed, the greatest number of up-regulated genes in young mice encoded components of the extracellular matrix required for the maintenance of the satellite cell niche. Moreover, other genes included Wnt inhibitors (Wif1 and Sfrp2) and Notch activator (Dner), which are putatively involved in the interconnected signalling networks that control satellite cell function. The widespread expression differences for inhibitors of TGFbeta signalling further emphasize the shortcomings in satellite cell performance. Therefore, we draw attention to the breakdown of features required to maintain satellite cell integrity during the ageing process.
    Mechanisms of ageing and development 01/2010; · 4.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Skeletal muscle atrophy is a serious concern for patients afflicted by limb restriction due to surgery (e.g., arthrodesis), several articular pathologies (e.g., arthralgia), or simply following cast immobilization. To study the molecular events involved in this immobilization-induced debilitating condition, a convenient mouse model for atrophy is lacking. Here we provide a new immobilization procedure exploiting the normal flexion of the mouse hindlimb using a surgical staple to fix the ventral part of the foot to the distal part of the calf. Histological analysis revealed that our approach induced significant skeletal muscle atrophy by reducing the myofiber size of the tibialis anterior (TA) muscle by 36% compared with the untreated contralateral TA within a few days postimmobilization. Two molecular markers for atrophy, atrogin-1/muscle atrophy F-box (atrogin-1/MAFbx) and muscle ring finger 1 (MuRF-1) mRNAs, were significantly upregulated by 1.9- and 5.9-fold, respectively. Interestingly, our model also revealed the presence of an early inflammatory process during atrophy, characterized by the mRNA upregulation of TNF-alpha, IL-1, and IL-6 (1.9-, 2.4-, and 3.4-fold, respectively) simultaneously with the upregulation of the common leukocyte marker CD45 (6.1-fold). Moreover, muscle rapidly recovered on remobilization, an event associated with significantly increased levels of uncoupling protein-3 and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1alpha mRNA, key components of prooxidative muscle metabolism. This model offers unexpected new insights into the molecular events involved in immobilization atrophy.
    Journal of Applied Physiology 05/2009; 106(6):2049-59. · 3.48 Impact Factor