Ras and calcineurin are members of two independent pathways in muscle growth but their interaction is not known. This work shows that the transfection of about 1% of the muscle fibers with dominant negative Ras (dnRas) shows a wilder effect; it stimulates the fiber growth in the entire regenerating soleus muscle, including the nontransfected fibers. Co-transfection with the calcineurin inhibitor cain/cabin prevented the growth stimulation. Injection of antibody for interleukin-4 (IL-4) also abolished the growth ameliorating effect. These results suggest that the inactivation of Ras in 1% of the fibers upregulates the calcineurin-NFAT-IL-4 pathway and the secreted IL-4 triggers fiber growth stimulation in the whole regenerating soleus muscle of the rat. The results highlight the importance of the autocrine-paracrine regulation in muscle regeneration and hint to a novel method of gene theraphy of degenerative-regenerative muscle dystrophies.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and biophysical research communications|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 17 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology