Immunohistochemical study on dystrophin expression in CAD-related sudden cardiac death: a marker of early myocardial ischaemia

Elvira Ventura Spagnolo, Cristina Mondello, Luigi Cardia, Alessio Asmundo, Giovanni Bartoloni

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The aims of this study were to assess if dystrophin can be a tool for the forensic evaluation of sudden cardiac death due to coronary atherosclerotic disease (CAD) and particularly if it can be a marker of early myocardial ischaemia. Then in this investigation, the dystrophin was compared to C5b-9 and fibronectin to analyze if there are some differences in the expression of these proteins. Two groups of CAD-related sudden cardiac death, respectively the group 1 with gross and/or histological evidence and the group 2 with no specific histological signs of myocardial ischaemia were used. A third group formed by cases of acute mechanical asphyxiation was used as a control. The immunohistochemical staining by dystrophin, C5b-9 and fibronectin antibodies was performed. Loss of sarcolemmal dystrophin was observed in different degrees according to more or less significant histological evidence of myocardial ischaemia. Moreover, the comparison between loss of dystrophin expression and fibronectin positivity showed significant differences in group 2. The results suggested that dystrophin can be used in forensic diagnosis of CAD-related sudden cardiac death and as marker of early myocardial ischaemia.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1333-1339
Numero di pagine7
RivistaInternational Journal of Legal Medicine
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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