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Muscle Nerve. 1996 Oct;19(10):1258-67.

Acetylcholine receptor and calcium leakage activity in nondystrophic and dystrophic myotubes (MDX)

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  • 1Department of Physiology, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Missouri 63501, USA.


To determine whether the lack of dystrophin alters the occurrence of calcium leakage activity (CLA) and acetylcholine receptor (AChR) activity, the frequency of each event class was determined from several cell attached patches on nondystrophic and dystrophic (mdx) myotubes. The frequency of CLA observed in the presence of ACh was significantly (P < 0.05) elevated in mdx myotubes, an effect which was partly due to a significant (P < 0.05) increase in the proportion of cell attached patches that exhibited 100% CLA with no AChR activity. Areas of mdx and nondystrophic membrane that exhibited reduced or absent AChR activity had significantly (P < 0.01) and substantially elevated calcium leakage event frequencies. This inverse and discontinuous relationship between CLA and AChR activity provides further evidence that some CLA in dystrophic muscle is produced by clusters of AChRs that form unusual physical associations with the dystrophic cytoskeleton during the processes associated with receptor localization and stabilization.

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