MTM1 mutation associated with X-linked myotubular myopathy in Labrador Retrievers

Division of Genetics and Program in Genomics, The Manton Center for Orphan Disease Research at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.67). 08/2010; 107(33):14697-702. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1003677107
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Mutations in the MTM1 gene encoding myotubularin cause X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM), a well-defined subtype of human centronuclear myopathy. Seven male Labrador Retrievers, age 14-26 wk, were clinically evaluated for generalized weakness and muscle atrophy. Muscle biopsies showed variability in fiber size, centrally placed nuclei resembling fetal myotubes, and subsarcolemmal ringed and central dense areas highlighted with mitochondrial specific reactions. Ultrastructural studies confirmed the centrally located nuclei, abnormal perinuclear structure, and mitochondrial accumulations. Wild-type triads were infrequent, with most exhibiting an abnormal orientation of T tubules. MTM1 gene sequencing revealed a unique exon 7 variant in all seven affected males, causing a nonconservative missense change, p.N155K, which haplotype data suggest derives from a recent founder in the local population. Analysis of a worldwide panel of 237 unaffected Labrador Retrievers and 59 additional control dogs from 25 other breeds failed to identify this variant, supporting it as the pathogenic mutation. Myotubularin protein levels and localization were abnormal in muscles from affected dogs, and expression of GFP-MTM1 p.N155K in COS-1 cells showed that the mutant protein was sequestered in proteasomes, where it was presumably misfolded and prematurely degraded. These data demonstrate that XLMTM in Labrador Retrievers is a faithful genetic model of the human condition.

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    • "Clinically, there was severe muscle atrophy. Histologically there were numerous small centrally-nucleated myofibres, resembling myotubes, necklace myofibres, abnormal localization of RYR1 and DHPR and diminished and disturbed T tubule structures (Beggs et al., 2010). Thus in both non-mammalian and mammalian models (small and large) the pathophysiology of MTM1-related disease is remarkably similar and consistent with functionally important abnormalities of triadic structure with consequences on excitation-contraction coupling. "
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    • "Use and care of animals followed principles outlined in the National Institutes of Health Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Affected XLMTM dogs from two litters were identified just after birth by Taqman genotyping assay, as previously described [12]. XLMTM dogs (N = 3) and their true littermate controls (N = 3) were then assessed at 4–5 time points, beginning at 10 weeks and continuing through 17 weeks for litter A and 15 weeks for litter B. The cranial tibialis muscle of the left hind limb of affected dogs was injected at 10 weeks of age with AAV8-cMTM1 (4 × 10 11 viral genomes) diluted in 1 mL lactated Ringer's solution, as described previously [10]. "
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