In 132 DMD muscle biopsies we investigated the presence of dystrophin-positive fibers and the relationship of dystrophin immunohistochemical pattern to the clinical severity of the disease. Reverted fibers were detected in 37% of patients; their prevalence increased significantly in each biopsy with age of patients. We suggest that reversion occurs in satellite cells, when muscle differentiation is completed. The longitudinal extent of dystrophin-positive domain spans a maximum length of 900 mu m. No correlation was found between the presence of reverted fibers and the clinical severity of DMD, whereas a milder form of Duchenne dystrophy was observed in patients showing a faint reaction in all fibers. The occurrence of reverted fibers is independent of the type of gene mutation; however, a higher proportion of cases with reverted fibers was found among patients with gene duplications.

Dystrophin-positive fibers in duchenne dystrophy: Origin and correlation to clinical course

FANIN, MARINA;DANIELI, GIAN ANTONIO;VITIELLO, LIBERO;ANGELINI, CORRADO
1995

Abstract

In 132 DMD muscle biopsies we investigated the presence of dystrophin-positive fibers and the relationship of dystrophin immunohistochemical pattern to the clinical severity of the disease. Reverted fibers were detected in 37% of patients; their prevalence increased significantly in each biopsy with age of patients. We suggest that reversion occurs in satellite cells, when muscle differentiation is completed. The longitudinal extent of dystrophin-positive domain spans a maximum length of 900 mu m. No correlation was found between the presence of reverted fibers and the clinical severity of DMD, whereas a milder form of Duchenne dystrophy was observed in patients showing a faint reaction in all fibers. The occurrence of reverted fibers is independent of the type of gene mutation; however, a higher proportion of cases with reverted fibers was found among patients with gene duplications.
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