Christiana DelloRusso

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Gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy will require methods to deliver gene constructs encoding functional versions of dystrophin to the vast majority of a patient's musculature. Obstacles to achieving these goals include identifying which forms of dystrophin would be effective in a clinical setting and developing gene delivery shuttles capable of(More)
The upper airway respiratory muscles play an important role in the regulation of airway resistance, but surprisingly little is known about their contractile properties and endurance performance. We developed a technique that allows measurement of force and the electromyogram (EMG) of human nasal dilator muscles (NDMs). Endurance performance was quantified(More)
Skeletal muscles of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and mdx mice lack dystrophin and are more susceptible to contraction-induced injury than control muscles. Our purpose was to develop an assay based on the high susceptibility to injury of limb muscles in mdx mice for use in evaluating therapeutic interventions. The assay involved two(More)
Dystrophin forms a mechanical link between the actin cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix in muscle that helps maintain sarcolemmal integrity. Two regions of dystrophin have been shown to bind actin: the N-terminal domain and rod domain repeats 11-17. To better understand the roles of these two domains and whether the rod domain actin-binding domain(More)
The technique of intramuscular microstimulation was used to activate facial nerve fibers while acquiring simultaneous twitch force measurements to measure the contractile properties and force-frequency responses of human nasal dilator (ND) motor units. Twitch force amplitude (TF), contraction time (CT), half-relaxation time (HRT), and the maximal rate of(More)
Human upper airway and facial muscles support breathing, swallowing, speech, mastication, and facial expression, but their endurance performance in sustained contractions is poorly understood. The muscular fatigue typically associated with task failure during sustained contractions has both central and intramuscular causes, with the contribution of each(More)
Mutations in the dystrophin gene result in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Dystrophin is a multidomain protein that functions to stabilize the sarcolemmal membrane during muscle contraction. The central rod domain has been proposed to act as a shock absorber, as a force transducer or as a spacer separating important N-and C-terminal domains that interact(More)
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