Asymmetric Expression of Melatonin Receptor mRNA in Bilateral Paravertebral Muscles in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Spine Surgery, Drum Tower Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing, China.
Spine (Impact Factor: 2.3). 03/2007; 32(6):667-72. DOI: 10.1097/01.brs.0000257536.34431.96
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To investigate the change of melatonin receptor mRNA expression in bilateral paravertebral muscles in AIS, congenital scoliosis (CS) and controls in order to analyze its relationship to the pathogenesis of AIS. 20 cases with average age of 15.1 +/- 2.2 years and average Cobb angle of 56.2 degrees +/- 16.1 degrees were included in AIS group. 12 cases with average age of 11.6 +/- 3.2 years and average Cobb angle of 59.2 degrees +/- 33.3 degrees were included in congenital scoliosis (CS) group. 10 cases without scoliosis comprised a control group. The mRNA expression of melatonin receptor subtype MT1 and MT2 were detected by RT-PCR method. The MT2 mRNA expression on the concave side of paravertebral muscle was higher than that on the convex side in AIS and CS groups (p<0.05), but the MT1 mRNA expression showed no significant difference. In the AIS group, the ratio of MT2 mRNA expression on the concave side compared with the convex side in cases with a Cobb angle less than 50 degrees and cases with a Cobb angle greater than 50 degrees showed no significant difference. The melatonin receptor expression in bilateral paravertebral muscles in AIS is asymmetric, which may be a secondary change.

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    • "Studies based on the screening of polymorphism in genes coding for melatonin receptors or enzymes involved in melatonin synthesis in AIS patients and controls have generated disparate results [103–106]. A third category of studies, those looking for possible differences in the expression of melatonin receptors in paravertebral muscles on the concave and convex sides of the spinal column in AIS patients, did not uncover conclusive results [107, 108]. "
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    • "The ratio of MT2 mRNA expression on the concave side compared with the convex side in cases with Cobb angle >50° and cases with Cobb angle <50° showed no significant difference. The melatonin receptor expression in bilateral paravertebral muscles in AIS is asymmetric, which may be a secondary change [55]. "
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    • "A third category of studies have focused on the possible changes in melatonin receptors in AIS patients. The expression of MT2 melatonin receptors in bilateral paravertebral muscles in AIS and congenital scoliosis is asymmetric, being higher in muscles on concave side than that on convex side of the spinal column in AIS, but MT1 expression was not significantly different [97, 98]. These differences in the expression of melatonin receptors have been considered as secondary to the bilateral asymmetry due to force exerted on the scoliotic spine and not important in the pathogenesis of AIS [97, 98]. "
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