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The danger signal extracellular ATP is involved in the immunomediated damage of α-sarcoglycan-deficient muscular dystrophy

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Title:The danger signal extracellular ATP is involved in the immunomediated damage of α-sarcoglycan-deficient muscular dystrophy
Creators Name:Gazzerro, E. and Baratto, S. and Assereto, S. and Baldassari, S. and Panicucci, C. and Raffaghello, L. and Scudieri, P. and De Battista, D. and Fiorillo, C. and Volpi, S. and Chaabane, L. and Malnati, M. and Messina, G. and Bruzzone, S. and Traggiai, E. and Grassi, F. and Minetti, C. and Bruno, C.
Abstract:In muscular dystrophies, muscle membrane fragility results in a tissue-specific increase of danger-associated molecular pattern molecules (DAMPs) and infiltration of inflammatory cells. The DAMP extracellular ATP (eATP) released by dying myofibers steadily activates muscle and immune purinergic receptors exerting dual negative effects: a direct damage linked to altered intracellular calcium homeostasis in muscle cells and an indirect toxicity through the triggering of the immune response and inhibition of regulatory T cells. Accordingly, pharmacologic and genetic inhibition of eATP signaling improves the phenotype in models of chronic inflammatory diseases. In α-sarcoglycanopathy, eATP effects may be further amplified because α-sarcoglycan extracellular domain binds eATP and displays an ecto-ATPase activity, thus controlling eATP concentration at the cell surface and attenuating the magnitude and/or the duration of eATP-induced signals. Herein, we show that in vivo blockade of the eATP/P2X purinergic pathway by a broad-spectrum P2X receptor-antagonist delayed the progression of the dystrophic phenotype in α-sarcoglycan-null mice. eATP blockade dampened the muscular inflammatory response and enhanced the recruitment of forkhead box protein P3-positive immunosuppressive regulatory CD4+ T cells. The improvement of the inflammatory features was associated with increased strength, reduced necrosis, and limited expression of profibrotic factors, suggesting that pharmacologic purinergic antagonism, altering the innate and adaptive immune component in muscle infiltrates, might provide a therapeutic approach to slow disease progression in α-sarcoglycanopathy.
Keywords:Adenosine Triphosphate, Animal Muscular Dystrophy, Calcium, Chronic Disease, Inflammation, Knockout Mice, Myofibrils, Purinergic P2X Receptors, Regulatory T-Lymphocytes, Sarcoglycans, Animals, Mice
Source:American Journal of Pathology
Page Range:354-369
Date:February 2019
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajpath.2018.10.008
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