Muscle Cells Fix Breaches by Orchestrating a Membrane Repair Ballet

J Neuromuscul Dis. 2018;5(1):21-28. doi: 10.3233/JND-170251.


Skeletal muscle undergoes many micro-membrane lesions at physiological state. Based on their sizes and magnitude these lesions are repaired via different complexes on a specific spatio-temporal manner. One of the major repair complex is a dysferlin-dependent mechanism. Accordingly, mutations in the DYSF gene encoding dysferlin results in the development of several muscle pathologies called dysferlinopathies, where abnormalities of the membrane repair process have been characterized in patients and animal models. Recent efforts have been deployed to decipher the function of dysferlin, they shed light on its direct implication in sarcolemma resealing after injuries. These discoveries served as a strong ground to design therapeutic approaches for dysferlin-deficient patients. This review detailed the different partners and function of dysferlin and positions the sarcolemma repair in normal and pathological conditions.

Keywords: Muscle; dysferlin; dystrophy; membrane; myopathy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Annexins / metabolism
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism
  • Distal Myopathies / genetics
  • Distal Myopathies / metabolism
  • Dysferlin / genetics
  • Dysferlin / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Models, Animal
  • Muscle Fibers, Skeletal / metabolism*
  • Muscular Atrophy / genetics
  • Muscular Atrophy / metabolism
  • Muscular Dystrophies, Limb-Girdle / genetics
  • Muscular Dystrophies, Limb-Girdle / metabolism*
  • Mutation
  • Sarcolemma / metabolism*
  • Tripartite Motif Proteins


  • Annexins
  • Carrier Proteins
  • Dysferlin
  • TRIM72 protein, human
  • Tripartite Motif Proteins

Supplementary concepts

  • Dysferlinopathy
  • Miyoshi myopathy