Cardiac and skeletal myopathy in β myosin heavy-chain simian virus 40 tsA58 transgenic mice

Joshua R. De Leon, Howard J. Federoff, Dennis W Dickson, Karen L. Vikstrom, Glenn I. Fishman

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The mechanisms regulating cardiac muscle differentiation and development are incompletely understood. To examine the relationships between cardiocyte proliferation and differentiation, we tested the ability of a fragment from the rat β myosin heavy-chain (MHCβ) gene to correctly target expression of a thermolabile simian virus 40 large tumor antigen allele (tsA58) in the developing mouse. Transgene expression in the heart was observed as early as 10 days postconception and was developmentally regulated in parallel with the endogenous MHCβ gene. Expression was also detected in developing skeletal muscle, although at low levels. Despite the temperature sensitivity of the mutant large tumor antigen protein, a subset of transgenic mice in several lineages developed marked cardiac and skeletal myopathies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-523
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 18 1994
Externally publishedYes


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  • Genetics
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