Caveolae are small pockets or invaginations localized at the plasma membrane. Caveolins are the principal protein components of caveolae and play an important structural role in the formation of caveolae membranes. Here, we studied by freeze fracture and immunological techniques the spatial organization of caveolae at the muscle cell plasma membrane and the expression of caveolin-3 in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) muscle fibers. In DMD muscle, we found an increased number of caveolae at the sarcolemma that corresponds to an overexpression of caveolin-3 by immunohistochemistry and by Western blot analysis. These findings suggest a possible role for caveolae and caveolin-3 in the pathogenesis of DMD.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 11 1999|
- Caveolae membranes
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology