Multi-level omics analysis in a murine model of dystrophin loss and therapeutic restoration.
Roberts TC., Johansson HJ., McClorey G., Godfrey C., Blomberg KE., Coursindel T., Gait MJ., Smith CI., Lehtiö J., El Andaloussi S., Wood MJ.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a classical monogenic disorder, a model disease for genomic studies and a priority candidate for regenerative medicine and gene therapy. Although the genetic cause of DMD is well known, the molecular pathogenesis of disease and the response to therapy are incompletely understood. Here, we describe analyses of protein, mRNA and microRNA expression in the tibialis anterior of the mdx mouse model of DMD. Notably, 3272 proteins were quantifiable and 525 identified as differentially expressed in mdx muscle (P < 0.01). Therapeutic restoration of dystrophin by exon skipping induced widespread shifts in protein and mRNA expression towards wild-type expression levels, whereas the miRNome was largely unaffected. Comparison analyses between datasets showed that protein and mRNA ratios were only weakly correlated (r = 0.405), and identified a multitude of differentially affected cellular pathways, upstream regulators and predicted miRNA-target interactions. This study provides fundamental new insights into gene expression and regulation in dystrophic muscle.