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Neuromuscul Disord. 2012 Oct 1;22 Suppl 2:S85-99. doi: 10.1016/j.nmd.2012.05.010.

Comprehensive longitudinal characterization of canine muscular dystrophy by serial NMR imaging of GRMD dogs.

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Université Paris-Est, Ecole NationaleVétérinaire d'Alfort, UPR de Neurobiologie, Maisons Alfort, France.


The Golden Retriever Muscular Dystrophy (GRMD) dog is the closest animal counterpart of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in humans and has, for this reason, increasingly been used in preclinical therapeutic trials for this disease. The aim of this study was to describe the abnormalities in canine dystrophic muscle non-invasively, quantitatively, thoroughly and serially by means of NMR imaging. Thoracic and pelvic limbs of five healthy and five GRMD dogs were imaged in a 3T NMR scanner at 2, 4, 6 and 9months of age. Standard and fat-saturated T(1)-, T(2)- and proton-density-weighted images were acquired. A measurement of T(1) and a two-hour kinetic study of muscle enhancement after gadolinium-chelate injection were also performed. Ten out of the 15 indices evaluated differed between healthy and GRMD dogs. The maximal relative enhancement after gadolinium injection and the proton-density-weighted/T(2)-weighted signal ratio were the most discriminating indices. Inter-muscle heterogeneity was found to vary significantly for most of the indices. The body of data that has been acquired here will help in designing and interpreting preclinical trials using dystrophin-deficient dogs.

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