Critical to the evaluation of potential therapeutics (pharmacological, gene, or cell therapies) are sensitive and repeatable physiological assessments of muscle function applied to mouse models of dystrophy. Therefore, we are proposing to continue a research core that performs ex vivo, in situ, and whole animal assessments of muscle integrity and function. This core will not only support the needs of the projects within the center, but will also serve as a national resource for performing functional evaluation of potential therapies for the muscular dystrophies. The Physiological Assessment Core resources are housed in the laboratory space designated to Dr. Barton, the Core Director. Dr. Barton is a muscle physiologist with extensive experience evaluating muscle function in mice. This includes all instrumentation for muscle physiological measurements, specialized equipment for hindlimb suspension experiments, documented free wheel running, and treadmill running, as well as interim storage of samples in both ?80C and liquid nitrogen freezers. We propose to collaborate with neighboring colleagues to assess whole animal respiratory function, which will complement ex vivo assessment of the diaphragm. We believe that this Core has provided a previously unmet need in the past 10 years of its existence, and will continue to be a valuable resource that will enable the entire muscular dystrophy research community to utilize these assays to assess the potential benefits of a large number of approaches to the treatment of different forms of muscular dystrophy.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Type
Specialized Center--Cooperative Agreements (U54)
Project #
5U54AR052646-15
Application #
9764143
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZHD1)
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2019-08-01
Budget End
2020-07-31
Support Year
15
Fiscal Year
2019
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Florida
Department
Type
DUNS #
969663814
City
Gainesville
State
FL
Country
United States
Zip Code
32611
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