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Protein Link Found In Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy

By KJ Mullins     Apr 30, 2008 in Health
A type of muscular dystrophy has been linked to missing a protein. People suffering from limb-girdle muscular dystrophy are missing the c-FLIP protein.
This exciting news came from French and German researchers. It is hoped that this research can lead to new treatments to stop muscles from wasting.
The discovery could also prove to be a clue for other types of muscular dystrophy and situations where muscle tissue has died.
"Unfortunately, rare diseases like limb-girdle muscular dystrophy don't get the attention or funding they deserve," said Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of the FASEB Journal, which published the research Wednesday.
"Fortunately," he added, "this study should provide researchers with a much-needed target for developing drugs to treat at least one of these conditions."
According to the US Muscular Dystrophy Association limb-girdle muscular dystrophy is caused by the mutations in at least 15 genes that make proteins needed for normal muscle function.
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