Protein may improve muscle function of muscular dystrophy

Human protein improves muscle function of muscular dystrophy mice – A novel potential therapy based on a natural human protein significantly slows muscle damage and improves function in mice who have the same genetic mutation as boys with the most common form of muscular dystrophy, according to a paper published online Dec._27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

A breakthrough in floppy baby syndrome research

Australian team reveals world-first discovery in a ‘floppy baby’ syndrome – In a world first, West Australian scientists have cured mice of a devastating muscle disease that causes a Floppy Baby Syndrome ? a breakthrough that could ultimately help thousands of families across the globe.

Stem cells may improve muscles in muscular dystrophy

Dr. Rita Perlingeiro’s research team has prompted the growth of healthy and functioning muscle cells in mice afflicted with a human model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This represents the first time transplanted embryonic stem cells have been shown to restore function to defective muscles in an MD model. – Using embryonic stem cells from mice, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have prompted the growth of healthy – and more importantly, functioning – muscle cells in mice afflicted with a human model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The study represents the first time transplanted embryonic stem cells have been shown to restore function to defective muscles in a model of muscular dystrophy.

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