Transgenic expression of β-APP in fast-twitch skeletal muscle leads to calcium dyshomeostasis and IBM-like pathology

Charbel E H Moussa, Qinghao Fu, Pravir Kumar, Alexander Shtifman, Jose R. Lopez, Paul D. Allen, Frank LaFerla, David Weinberg, Jordi Magrane, Tamar Aprahamian, Kenneth Walsh, Kenneth M. Rosen, Henry W. Querfurth

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Intracellular deposition of the β-amyloid (Aβ) peptide is an increasingly recognized pathological hallmark associated with neurodegeneration and muscle wasting in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and inclusion body myositis (IBM), respectively. Previous reports have implicated dysregulation of β-amyloid precursor protein (βAPP) expression in IBM. Accumulation of full-length βAPP, its various proteolytic derivatives including Aβ, and phospho-tau into vacuolated inclusions is an early pathogenic event. We previously reported on a statistical tendency favoring fast twitch fiber involvement in IBM, reminiscent of the tissue specific patterns of misfolded protein deposition seen in neurodegenerative diseases. To test this principle, we generated an animal model in which human wildtype (WT) βAPP expression was limited to postnatal type II skeletal muscle. Hemizygous transgenic mice harboring increased levels of holoβAPP751 and Aβ in skeletal muscle fibers became significantly weaker with age compared with nontransgenic littermates and exhibited typical myopathic features. A subpopulation of dissociated muscle fibers from transgenic mice exhibited a 2-fold increase in resting calcium and membrane depolarization compared with nontransgenic littermates. Taken together, these data indicate that overexpression of human βAPP in fast twitch skeletal muscle of transgenic mice is sufficient for the development of some features characteristic of IBM, including abnormal tau histochemistry. The increase in resting calcium and depolarization are novel findings, suggesting both a mechanism for the weakness and an avenue for therapeutic intervention in IBM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • β-amyloid
  • Inclusion body myositis
  • Skeletal muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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