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December 1982

Changes in Collagen Metabolism in Diseased Muscle: II. Immunohistochemical Studies

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medical Biochemistry (Dr R. Myllylä), Anatomy (Dr Peltonen), and Neurology (Drs Tolonen and V. Myllylä), University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.

Arch Neurol. 1982;39(12):756-759. doi:10.1001/archneur.1982.00510240018005

• Immunofluorescence studies using specific antibodies against collagen of types I, III, IV, and V were carried out on muscle biopsy specimens from 22 patients with various neuromuscular disorders and seven controls. Increased staining with all antibodies was seen in the patients with polymyositis and muscular dystrophy. Increased staining with types I and III antibodies was found in the samples from the patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in cases with an elevated concentration of muscular hydroxyproline. Two patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis showed no accumulation of collagen, and this was similarly true of the polyneuropathy cases. An accumulation of types IV and V collagen was typical for the myotonia congenita samples. The immunohistochemical results were in good agreement with the biochemical findings from the same patients.

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