The role of Talpid3 in skeletal muscle satellite cells and skeletal muscle regeneration

Blackwell, Danielle (2017) The role of Talpid3 in skeletal muscle satellite cells and skeletal muscle regeneration. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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The primary cilium has recently been recognised as an essential regulator of the Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signalling pathway. Mutations that disrupt cilia function in humans can cause conditions known as ciliopathies. A wide range of phenotypes is observed in chick and mouse ciliopathy models,including polydactyly, craniofacial defects and polycystic kidneys. The Shh pathway and therefore primary cilia are vital for many developmental processes, including embryonic muscle development, with recent evidence suggesting they may also play a role in adult muscle regeneration. Our studies focus on the Talpid3 gene, which encodes a centrosomal protein required for primary cilia formation and Shh signalling. The Talpid3 loss-of-function mutant has perturbed ciliogenesis and displays many of the phenotypes that are typically associated with developmental Shh mutants and with ciliopathies. Talpid3 mutants have defects in Shh signalling, and processing of Gli transcription factors is affected in structures such as the developing limb buds and the neural tube. However, the role of Talpid3 in muscle development and regeneration remains unknown.
The role of Talpid3 in adult muscle regeneration was investigated using a tamoxifen inducible, satellite cell specific knock-out of Talpid3 in mice. This mouse model was generated by crossing Talpid3 floxed mice to a mouse carrying an inducible Pax7-CreERT2 allele. To determine whether loss of Talpid3 affects muscle regeneration a cardiotoxin injury model was used. This showed that loss of Talpid3 in satellite cells results in a regeneration defect as fibres were smaller after 5, 10, 15 and 25 days of regeneration compared to control mice. This defect may be due to a reduced ability of Talpid3 mutant satellite cells to differentiate. We also show that Talpid3 plays a role in satellite cell self-renewal as we observe a complete loss of regeneration in some areas of the muscle following repeat injuries.
We provide the first evidence that Talpid3 is critical for the regeneration of skeletal muscle following injury.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Jackie Webb
Date Deposited: 08 May 2018 08:15
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2020 01:38


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