ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-050215-3
delta-Sarcoglycan is required for early zebrafish muscle organization
Guyon, J.R., Mosley, A.N., Jun, S.J., Montanaro, F., Steffen, L.S., Zhou, Y., Nigro, V., Zon, L.I., and Kunkel, L.M.
Mutations in sarcoglycans (alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-) have been linked with limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) types 2C-F in humans. We have cloned the zebrafish orthologue encoding delta-sarcoglycan and mapped the gene to linkage group 21. The predicted zebrafish delta-sarcoglycan protein is highly homologous with its human orthologue including conservation of two of the three predicted glycosylation sites. Like other members of the dystrophin-associated protein complex (DAPC), delta-sarcoglycan localizes to the sarcolemmal membrane of the myofiber in adult zebrafish, but is more apparent at the myosepta in developing embryos. Zebrafish embryos injected with morpholinos against delta-sarcoglycan were relatively inactive at 5 dpf, their myofibers were disorganized, and swim bladders uninflated. Immunohistochemical and immunoblotting experiments show that delta-, beta-, and gamma-sarcoglycans were all downregulated in the morphants, whereas dystrophin expression was unaffected. Whereas humans lacking delta-sarcoglycan primarily show adult phenotypes, our results suggest that delta-sarcoglycan plays a role in early zebrafish muscle development.