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Researchers Discover Gene Connected To Rare Muscle Disease

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September 3, 2005
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UT Southwestern Medical Center
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By studying the molecules that regulate the formation of muscle, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a gene that may play a role in a rare muscular disease in humans. While the researchers studied mice, they are now looking for patients who have mutations in this newly discovered muscle gene, Srpk3. Mice that lack the gene have a condition much like the human disease, centronuclear myopathy.

John Shelton, senior research associate in internal medicine, Dr. Osamu Nakagawa, assistant professor of internal medicine, and Michael Arnold, fellow in the Medical Scientist Training Program, have found that mutations in a newly discovered gene in mice create a disorder reminiscent of a rare muscle disease in humans.
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DALLAS (Aug. 31, 2005) -- By studying the molecules that regulate the formation of muscle, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a gene that may play a role in a rare muscular disease in humans.


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