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Yin Yang 1 expression and localisation in quadriceps muscle in COPD

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Samantha Amanda Natanek, Joanna Riddoch-Contreras, Gemma Sarah Marsh, Nicholas Stephen Hopkinson, William D-C Man, John Moxham, Michael Iain Polkey, Paul Robert Kemp

Translated title of the contributionYin Yang 1 expression and localisation in quadriceps muscle in COPD
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)296 - 302
Number of pages7
JournalArchivos De Bronconeumologia
Issue number6
PublishedJun 2011

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Introduction: Yin Yang 1 (YY1) is a transcriptional repressor that inhibits muscle gene expression and myogenesis. YY1 has not previously been investigated in the skeletal muscle of patients with COPD. The aims of this study were to investigate YY1 expression and localisation in the quadriceps muscle of COPD patients compared to healthy age-matched controls, and examine the relationship between YY1 expression and localisation and quadriceps muscle fibre cross-sectional area (CSA) in COPD patients. Patients and methods: 15 COPD patients and 8 age-matched controls underwent lung and quadriceps function assessments and a percutaneous quadriceps biopsy. Quadriceps muscle fibre CSA and fibre proportions and YY1 localisation were determined by immunofluorescence. YY1 was immunoprecipitated from muscle and YY1 levels assessed by western blotting. Results: YY1 levels were inversely correlated with type IIx and type I fibre CSA in patients and controls, though YY1 levels were not significantly different between the groups. Nuclear localisation of YY1 was demonstrated in the patients but not in controls. Conclusion: YY1 expression is associated with smaller quadriceps fibre CSA in COPD and nuclear localisation of YY1 was found in muscle of patients but not controls. Regulation of YY1 appears altered in COPD and may be implicated in COPD-related muscle atrophy. (C) 2010 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana, S.L. All rights reserved.

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