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New function for muscular dystrophy protein

Posted on Aug 03, 2009
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Researchers have found a new function for a protein that is missing in people who develop childhood muscular dystrophy. Patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy are lacking the protein called dystrophin, according to Science Blog. The researchers at the University of Minnesota and the National Institute of Health found that dystrophin links to the microtubules, a highly ordered lattice in muscle, and the new study found that these microtubules become disorganized when dystrophin is missing, said the article.

The new study will be published in the August issue of The Journal of Cell Biology and the research was funded by the National Institute of arthritis and Musculoskeletal, said Science Blog. Researchers feel these new findings demonstrate that microtubule organization contributes to the symptoms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and will hopefully lead to developing new therapies to combat the effects of muscular dystrophy, according to the article.

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