Researchers trigger muscle repair in mice with muscular dystrophy

September 8, 2014 3:14 PM

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Researchers trigger muscle repair in mice with muscular dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic conditions characterized by progressive muscle weakness. It is caused by defects in the genes that are responsible for protecting the muscle fibers from damage.

The research team, led by Alessandra Sacco, PhD, assistant professor in the Development, Aging and Regeneration Program at Sanford-Burnham, explains that when muscles are subject to damage, satellite cells - muscle stem cells - need to differentiate into mature muscle cells to trigger muscle fiber r...

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