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Reducing dynamin 2 (DNM2) rescues DNM2-related dominant centronuclear myopathy

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Suzie Buono, Jacob A. Ross, Hichem Tasfaout, Yotam Levy, Christine Kretz, Leighla Tayefeh, John Matson, Shuling Guo, Pascal Kessler, Brett P. Monia, Marc Bitoun, Julien Ochala, Jocelyn Laporte, Belinda S. Cowling

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11066-11071
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number43
Early online date5 Oct 2018
Accepted/In press7 Sep 2018
E-pub ahead of print5 Oct 2018
Published23 Oct 2018

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Centronuclear myopathies (CNM) are a group of severe muscle diseases for which no effective therapy is currently available. We have previously shown that reduction of the large GTPase DNM2 in a mouse model of the X-linked form, due to loss of myotubularin phosphatase MTM1, prevents the development of the skeletal muscle pathophysiology. As DNM2 is mutated in autosomal dominant forms, here we tested whether DNM2 reduction can rescue DNM2-related CNM in a knock-in mouse harboring the p.R465W mutation (Dnm2RW/+) and displaying a mild CNM phenotype similar to patients with the same mutation. A single intramuscular injection of adeno-associated virus-shRNA targeting Dnm2 resulted in reduction in protein levels 5 wk post injection, with a corresponding improvement in muscle mass and fiber size distribution, as well as an improvement in histopathological CNM features. To establish a systemic treatment, weekly i.p. injections of antisense oligonucleotides targeting Dnm2 were administered to Dnm2RW/+mice for 5 wk. While muscle mass, histopathology, and muscle ultrastructure were perturbed in Dnm2RW/+mice compared with wild-type mice, these features were indistinguishable from wild-type mice after reducing DNM2. Therefore, DNM2 knockdown via two different strategies can efficiently correct the myopathy due to DNM2 mutations, and it provides a common therapeutic strategy for several forms of centronuclear myopathy. Furthermore, we provide an example of treating a dominant disease by targeting both alleles, suggesting that this strategy may be applied to other dominant diseases.

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