Center Supported Publications

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Highlighted Publications

Sensor Anchoring Improves the Correlation Between Intramuscular Pressure and

Muscle Tension in a Rabbit Model.

Sensor Anchoring Improves the Correlation Between Intramuscular Pressure and Muscle Tension in a Rabbit Models
Shawn M. O’Connor, Kenton R. Kaufman, Samuel R. Ward & Richard L. Lieber
Ann Biomed Eng. 2020 Oct 1. doi: 10.1007/s10439-020-02633-7. PMID: 33001290

This article highlights the development of a novel intramuscular pressure sensor to accurately measure muscle tension in rabbits.
The findings in this manuscript provide support and instruction for future use of the fiber optic pressure sensors to estimate individual muscle stresses in human subjects.
The full article can be accessed here.

Does a Reduced Number of Muscle Stem Cells Impair the Addition

of Sarcomeres and Recovery From a Skeletal Muscle Contracture?

A Transgenic Mouse Model

Does a Reduced Number of Muscle Stem Cells Impair the Addition of Sarcomeres and Recovery From a Skeletal Muscle Contracture? A Transgenic Mouse Model
Sudarshan Dayanidhi, Matthew C Kinney, Peter B Dykstra, Richard L Lieber. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2020 Apr;478(4):900-902. PMID: 32011372

This manuscript explores the crucial role of muscle stem cells (satellite cells) for muscle repair and plasticity. The authors generated an animal model system that allows for specific depletion of muscle stem cells following immobilization-induced plantar flexion contractions. Outcomes of this study demonstrate a relevant mechanism for the development of cerebral palsy in patients.
This manuscript is accompanied by a research commentary.

The full article can be accessed here.

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Please acknowledge funding support from the SDMRC P30 NIH grant P30AR061303 in your manuscripts.

Center Supported Publications


  1. Wu X, Xu K, Zhang L, Deng Y, Lee P, Shapiro E, Monaco M, Makarenkova HP, Li J, Lepor H, Grishina I. 2011. Differentiation of the ductal epithelium and smooth muscle in the prostate gland are regulated by the Notch/PTEN-dependent mechanism. Dev Biol. 2011 May 20. PMCID: PMC3152294
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  2. Makarenkova H.P., Meech R. The Barx homeobox family in muscle development and regeneration. 2012. Int Rev Cell Mol Biol. 2012; 297:117-73. PMCID: 22608559.

  3. Meech R, Gonzalez KN, Barro M, Gromova A, Zhuang L, Hulin JA, Makarenkova H.P. 2012. Barx2 is expressed in satellite cells and is required for normal muscle growth and regeneration. Stem Cells. 2012 Feb;30(2):253-65. PMCID: 22076929.
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  1. Cho et al. Perm1 enhances mitochondrial biogenesis, oxidative capacity, and fatigue resistance in adult skeletal muscle. FASEB J. 2016 Feb;30(2):674-87. doi: 10.1096/fj.15-276360. Epub 2015 Oct 19. PMID: 26481306 .
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  1. S Dayanidhi, MC Kinney, PB Dykstra, RL Lieber. Does a reduced number of muscle stem cells impair the addition of sarcomeres and recovery from a skeletal muscle contracture? a transgenic mouse model. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2020 Apr;478(4):886-899. PMID: 32011372
  2. Shawn M. O’Connor, Kenton R. Kaufman, Samuel R. Ward & Richard L. Lieber. Sensor Anchoring Improves the Correlation Between Intramuscular Pressure and Muscle Tension in a Rabbit Model. Ann Biomed Eng. 2020 Oct 1. doi: 10.1007/s10439-020-02633-7. PMID: 33001290