Reduced life span with heart and muscle dysfunction in Drosophila sarcoglycan mutants.


Journal Article

In humans, genetically diverse forms of muscular dystrophy are associated with a disrupted sarcoglycan complex. The sarcoglycan complex resides at the muscle plasma membrane where it associates with dystrophin. There are six known sarcoglycan proteins in mammals whereas there are only three in Drosophila melanogaster. Using imprecise P element excision, we generated three different alleles at the Drosophila delta-sarcoglycan locus. Each of these deletions encompassed progressively larger regions of the delta-sarcoglycan gene. Line 840 contained a large deletion of the delta-sarcoglycan gene, and this line displayed progressive impairment in locomotive ability, reduced heart tube function and a shortened life span. In line 840, deletion of the Drosophila delta-sarcoglycan gene produced disrupted flight muscles with shortened sarcomeres and disorganized M lines. Unlike mammalian muscle where degeneration is coupled with ongoing regeneration, no evidence for regeneration was seen in this Drosophila sarcoglycan mutant. In contrast, line 28 was characterized with a much smaller deletion that affected only a portion of the cytoplasmic region of the delta-sarcoglycan protein and left intact the transmembrane and extracellular domains. Line 28 had a very mild phenotype with near normal life span, intact cardiac function and normal locomotive activity. Together, these data demonstrate the essential nature of the transmembrane and extracellular domains of Drosophila delta-sarcoglycan for normal muscle structure and function.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Allikian, MJ; Bhabha, G; Dospoy, P; Heydemann, A; Ryder, P; Earley, JU; Wolf, MJ; Rockman, HA; McNally, EM

Published Date

  • December 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 23

Start / End Page

  • 2933 - 2943

PubMed ID

  • 17855453

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17855453

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0964-6906

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/hmg/ddm254


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England