Characterization of dystrophic muscle in golden retriever muscular dystrophy dogs by nuclear magnetic resonance imaging.

Research paper by J-L JL Thibaud, A A Monnet, D D Bertoldi, I I Barthélémy, S S Blot, P G PG Carlier

Indexed on: 01 Jun '07Published on: 01 Jun '07Published in: Neuromuscular Disorders


The Golden Retriever Muscular Dystrophy dog lacks dystrophin. Disease progression in this model shares many similarities with the Duchenne muscular dystrophy, both from anatomico pathological and clinical standpoints. The model is increasingly used in pre-clinical trials but needs to be further investigated, particularly with reference to the evaluation of therapies. The aim of this study was to identify quantitative indices that would help characterize the dystrophic dog non-invasively using NMR imaging. Two-month-old dystrophic dogs and healthy control animals were scanned at 4T. Standard T2- and T1-weighted images, fat-saturated T1-weighted images pre- and post-gadolinium chelate injection were acquired and kinetics of muscle enhancement were studied over a 2-h period. Several indices were found to be abnormally high in dystrophic dogs: the T2-weighted/T1-weighted signal ratio, T2-weighted image heterogeneity and maximal signal enhancement post-gadolinium. These may be proposed to evaluate muscle structural alterations non-invasively in this disease.