Mechanical loading is required for initiation of extracellular matrix deposition at the developing murine myotendinous junction Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractThe myotendinous junction (MTJ) contributes to the generation of motion by connecting muscle to tendon. At the adult MTJ, a specialized extracellular matrix (ECM) is thought to contribute to the mechanical integrity of the muscle-tendon interface, but the factors that influence MTJ formation during mammalian development are unclear. Here, we combined 3D imaging and proteomics with murine models in which muscle contractility and patterning are disrupted to resolve morphological and compositional changes in the ECM during MTJ development. We found that MTJ-specific ECM deposition can be initiated via static loading due to growth; however, it required cyclic loading to develop a mature morphology. Furthermore, the MTJ can mature without the tendon terminating into cartilage. Based on these results, we describe a model wherein MTJ development depends on mechanical loading but not insertion into an enthesis.

publication date

  • June 29, 2022

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Date in CU Experts

  • July 5, 2022 12:30 PM

Full Author List

  • Lipp SN; Jacobson KR; Colling HA; Tuttle TG; Miles DT; McCreery KP; Calve S

author count

  • 7

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