Chemokine receptor CCR7 is expressed in muscle fibers in juvenile dermatomyositis

Carlo Minetti, Marco Gattorno, Silvia Repetto, Andrea Gregorio, Marina Pedemonte, Stefania Assereto, Federico Zara, Claudio Bruno, Alberto Martini

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To better elucidate the pathogenesis of lymphocyte recruitment of memory CD4+ T cells in inflammatory myopathies, we studied the expression of CCR5 and CCR7 on CD4 memory T cells in muscle tissue from 11 patients with juvenile dermatomyositis, six adult patients with polymyositis, two patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and two patients with spinal muscular atrophy. A prevalent infiltration of CCR5+ effector CD4 T memory cells is observed in inflammatory myopathies. Moreover, we found a strong expression of CCR7 in perifascicular atrophic and in degenerating/regenerating muscle fibers in juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) but not in fibers from adult polymyositis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The selective expression of CCR7 in JDM may open new perspectives in the understanding of the pathogenesis of inflammatory myopathies, offering a new tool for the differential diagnosis of these disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-543
Number of pages4
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 29 2005


  • CCR5
  • CCR7
  • Chemokines
  • Cytokines
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis
  • Polymyositis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology


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