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Morpholino-Mediated Exons 28-29 Skipping of Dysferlin and Characterization of Multiexon-skipped Dysferlin using RT-PCR

Anwar S, Yokota T
Immunoblotting, and Membrane Wounding Assay. Methods Mol Biol. 2023;2587:183-196. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-2772-3_11
Dysferlinopathies are a group of disabling muscular dystrophies that includes limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2B (LGMD2B), Miyoshi myopathy, and distal myopathy with anterior tibial onset (DMAT) as the main phenotypes. They are associated with molecular defects in DYSF, which encodes dysferlin, a key player in sarcolemmal homeostasis. Previous investigations have suggested that exon skipping may be a promising therapy for many patients with dysferlinopathies. It was reported that exons 28-29 of DYSF are dispensable for dysferlin functions. Here, we present a method for multiexon skipping of DYSF exons 28-29 using a cocktail of two phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomers (PMOs) on cells derived from a dystrophinopathy patient. Also, we describe assays to characterize the multiexon skipped dysferlin at several levels by using one-step RT-PCR, immunoblotting, and a membrane wounding assay.
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