Predominant right leg dysfunction without asymmetric muscle inflammation in CD1 Swiss mice with coxsackievirus B1-induced myositis

Physiol Behav. 1996 Apr-May;59(4-5):763-8. doi: 10.1016/0031-9384(95)02155-8.


To establish the existence of predominant right leg involvement in Coxsackievirus B1-induced myositis (CB1 myositis) 189 neonatal CD1 Swiss mice were inoculated with 300 pfu CB1, and regularly observed for posture, mobility, and gait. After 2 and 4 weeks, quantitative comparison of motor dysfunction of right and left leg yielded an asymmetry score; on light microscopy mononuclear cell infiltration and muscle fiber necrosis were quantified in bilateral hamstring muscles, using a five-grade scale (0-4). Motor asymmetries were seen during acute viral myositis as soon as hind leg dysfunction appeared, and animals with a predominant dysfunction of one leg preserved that preference throughout the observation period. At 2 weeks, mice with predominant right leg dysfunction (n = 34) significantly outnumbered those with predominant left leg dysfunction (n = 11) (p = 0.01). At 2 and 4 weeks, infiltration and necrosis in hamstrings from legs with predominant dysfunction were not higher than in those from contralateral legs, and infiltration in right-sided hamstrings was not higher than in left-sided ones, nor was infiltration at 4 weeks. At 4 weeks right-sided muscles were more necrotic (mean +/- SD, 1.8 +/- 1.5) than left-sided muscles (1.1 +/- 1.2; p = 0.03). In the absence of predominant inflammatory disease of the right leg, we interpret the hind leg asymmetry as a preferential use of the left leg, due to left-leggedness, and suggest that in CD1 Swiss mice left-leggedness is associated with increased susceptibility to CB1 myositis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Behavior, Animal / physiology
  • Coxsackievirus Infections / pathology
  • Coxsackievirus Infections / physiopathology*
  • Enterovirus B, Human*
  • Female
  • Functional Laterality / physiology
  • Gait / physiology
  • Hindlimb / pathology
  • Hindlimb / physiopathology*
  • Mice
  • Motor Activity / physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / pathology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiopathology*
  • Myositis / pathology
  • Myositis / physiopathology*
  • Myositis / virology