Abstract Title:

Histological assessment of SJL/J mice treated with the antioxidants coenzyme Q10 and resveratrol.

Abstract Source:

Micron. 2011 Apr;42(3):275-82. Epub 2010 Oct 16. PMID: 21036052

Abstract Author(s):

M Potgieter, E Pretorius, C F Van der Merwe, M Beukes, W A Vieira, R E G Auer, M Auer, S Meyer

Article Affiliation:

Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Pretoria, South Africa.


The muscular dystrophies (MDs) are genetic disorders of muscle degeneration due to mutations in genes that encode a wide variety of proteins. Dysferlinopathy are characterized by the absence of dysferlin in skeletal muscle and an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance. Both histological and ultrastructural pathology have been well established in dysferlinopathy patients and dysferlin-deficient animal models. To our knowledge the effect of antioxidant supplementation on this level has not been described previously. This article therefore focuses on the histopathology to reveal the effect of antioxidant supplementation. The study aimed to determine, at cellular level, the histopathological changes in the SJL/J mouse model following a 90 day trial with antioxidant supplementation. Markedly reduced inflammatory insult in the more affected quadriceps muscles of animals treated with high doses of CoQ10 and a combination of resveratrol/CoQ10 were observed. The outcome provides evidence that high doses of antioxidant supplementation resulted in decreased dystrophic markers and enhanced tissue integrity at cellular level.

Study Type : Animal Study

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