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August 24, 2016

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August 24, 2016

Helper Molecule Reverses Degeneration of Muscle in Mouse Model of Tissue Aging, Wasting

Aug. 9, 2016 — Maintaining proper levels of an essential helper molecule is crucial for optimal muscle function. Some athletes are already taking supplements to increase synthesis of this compound, called NAD, with ... read more

Gene Controls Regeneration of Injured Muscle by Adult Stem Cells

July 21, 2016 — A key gene enables the repair of injured muscle throughout life, according to a study in mice. The study results further suggest that this "overlooked" gene may play an important role in ... read more

June 16, 2016 — The cause of heart arrhythmia in myotonic dystrophy was RNA abnormalities in the sodium channel in the heart, clarifying the symptom's mechanism, an international joint research group found. ... read more

June 1, 2016 — Certain stem cells in our bodies have the potential to turn into either fat or muscle. Experiments in mice suggest prospective drugs that manipulate these cells' fate could make it possible to ... read more

Feb. 18, 2016 — Researchers have identified pecific ways in which fetal muscle stem cells remodel their environment to support their enhanced capacity for regeneration, which could lead to targets for therapies to ... read more

Feb. 12, 2016 — Scientists have developed a new approach that could eventually be used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The stem cell gene therapy could be applicable for 60 percent of people with Duchenne, ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — Researchers have developed the A-Gear: a robotic arm that can support the daily activities of people suffering the muscular disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They recently put the final touches to ... read more

Cancer Drug Shows Promise for Treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Jan. 6, 2016 — A drug commonly used to treat leukemia is showing potential as a treatment that could slow the progression of the muscle-wasting condition, Duchenne muscular ... read more

Cancer Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Toxic Genetic Material in Myotonic Dystrophy

Dec. 10, 2015 — A drug used to treat cancer can neutralize the toxic RNA that causes the prolonged muscle contractions and other symptoms of myotonic dystrophy type 1, the most common form of adult-onset muscular ... read more

Nov. 30, 2015 — Researchers have identified the role of TNF receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6), an adaptor protein and E3 ubiquitin ligase, in ensuring the vitality of stem cells that regenerate muscle ... read more

Patient's Priorities in Treating Rare Muscular Dystrophy

Nov. 18, 2015 — A new study of individuals with myotonic dystrophy type 2 -- a rare form of muscular dystrophy -- has helped pinpoint the symptoms of the disease that are most important to patients. These findings ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — For nearly 20 years, scientists have thought that the muscle weakness observed in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy is primarily due to problems in their muscle fibers, but new research shows ... read more

Target Gene Identified for Therapies to Combat Muscular Dystrophy

Nov. 12, 2015 — Researchers have shown that a gene called Jagged1, or JAG1 for short, could be a target for the development of new approaches to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder characterized by ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — Researchers report on their discovery of a way to bypass faculty cell signalling that leads to muscle damage in Duchene muscular dystrophy. This work suggests a new therapeutic strategy for patients ... read more

Mouse Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystropy Identifies Potential New Approaches to Therapy

Oct. 13, 2015 — Genetic ablation of P2RX7 can improve muscle function and partially correct cognitive impairment and bone loss in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, according to a new study. The research ... read more

New Research Sees Zebrafish Earn Their Stripes in the Fight Against Muscular Dystrophy

Oct. 13, 2015 — New research has demonstrated a new method for observing the behavior of the protein Dystrophin in a living animal cell, in real-time. This breakthrough may provide a key to understanding how to ... read more

RNA Editing Technique Treats Severe Form of Muscular Dystrophy

Oct. 12, 2015 — An RNA editing technique called 'exon skipping' has shown preliminary success in treating a rare and severe form of muscular dystrophy that currently has no treatment. The discovery stems ... read more

Human Muscle Stem Cells Isolated

Sep. 22, 2015 — Researchers have successfully isolated human muscle stem cells and shown that the cells could robustly replicate and repair damaged muscles when grafted onto an injured ... read more

iPS Cells Discover Drug Target for Muscle Disease

Aug. 20, 2015 — Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is disease that leads to the degeneration of muscle due to dysfunctional expression of the protein dystrophin. A new iPS cell model found that the early stages of ... read more

Important Regulation of Cell Invaginations Discovered

Aug. 6, 2015 — Lack of microinvaginations in the cell membrane, caveolae, can cause serious diseases such as lipodystrophy and muscular dystrophy. Researchers have now discovered a “main switch” that regulates ... read more

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