Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rapidly progressive form of muscular dystrophy that occurs primarily in boys. It is caused by a mutation in a gene, called the DMD gene, which encodes the muscle protein dystrophin. Boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy do not make the dystrophin protein in their muscles. Duchenne mucular dystrophy is inherited in an X-linked recessive fashion; however, it may also occur in people from families without a known family history of the condition. Individuals who have DMD have progressive loss of muscle function and weakness, which begins in the lower limbs. In addition to the skeletal muscles used for movement, DMD may also affect the muscles of the heart.   There is no known cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Treatment is aimed at control of symptoms to maximize the quality of life.

 

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Following organizations serve the condition "Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy" for support, advocacy or research.

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Charley's Fund, Inc.

Charley's Fund directs money into the hands of researchers who have the best shot at developing treatments or a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Our goal is to save Charley's life and the lives of thousands of boys like him around the world.

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2013

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Coalition Duchenne

The mission of Coalition Duchenne is to raise global awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, to fund research, and to find a cure for Duchenne. Coalition Duchenne is focused on funding cardiac and pulmonary initiatives.

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2013

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CureDuchenne

CureDuchenne is a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. CureDuchenne has the leading scientists in the world helping to determine the most viable research projects, accelerate the clinical trial process and bring potential life-saving drugs to help this generation of Duchenne boys. Our vision is our name...to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Our mission is to save this generation of Duchenne boys.

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2013

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Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne

The goal of the Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne (FED) is to find treatments, and ultimately, a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the world’s leading lethal childhood genetic disease.

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2013

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2010

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Neuromuscular Disease Association of China

There are over 40 different types of Muscular Dystrophy and related Neuromuscular conditions.These conditions are characterised by loss of muscular strength,as progressive muscle wasting or nerve

Last Updated: 21 May 2010

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Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy’s mission is to end Duchenne. We accelerate research, raise our voices in Washington, demand optimal care for all young men, and educate the global community.

Last Updated: 15 Nov 2012

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werathah

To provide support and health education to patients and their families with genetic and congenital disorders

Last Updated: 1 May 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy" for support, advocacy or research.

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Charley's Fund, Inc.

Charley's Fund directs money into the hands of researchers who have the best shot at developing treatments or a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Our goal is to save Charley's life and the lives of thousands of boys like him around the world.

http://www.charleysfund.org

Last Updated: 26 Mar 2013

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Coalition Duchenne

The mission of Coalition Duchenne is to raise global awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, to fund research, and to find a cure for Duchenne. Coalition Duchenne is focused on funding cardiac and pulmonary initiatives.

http://www.coalitionduchenne.org

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2013

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CureDuchenne

CureDuchenne is a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. CureDuchenne has the leading scientists in the world helping to determine the most viable research projects, accelerate the clinical trial process and bring potential life-saving drugs to help this generation of Duchenne boys. Our vision is our name...to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Our mission is to save this generation of Duchenne boys.

http://www.cureduchenne.org

Last Updated: 5 Mar 2013

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Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne

The goal of the Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne (FED) is to find treatments, and ultimately, a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the world’s leading lethal childhood genetic disease.

http://www.duchennemd.org

Last Updated: 15 Mar 2013

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

http://www.mdausa.org

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2010

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Neuromuscular Disease Association of China

There are over 40 different types of Muscular Dystrophy and related Neuromuscular conditions.These conditions are characterised by loss of muscular strength,as progressive muscle wasting or nerve

http://www.mdachina.org

Last Updated: 21 May 2010

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Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy’s mission is to end Duchenne. We accelerate research, raise our voices in Washington, demand optimal care for all young men, and educate the global community.

http://www.parentprojectmd.org

Last Updated: 15 Nov 2012

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werathah

To provide support and health education to patients and their families with genetic and congenital disorders

http://www.werathah.com

Last Updated: 1 May 2013

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General Resources

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Infographic

A visual representation of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and its impact on the body. It also provides information on CureDuchenne's comprehensive research strategy.

Uploaded By: CureDuchenne

Updated 5 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy" returned 573 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Prevalence and distribution of late gadolinium enhancement in a large population of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: effect of age and left ventricular systolic function.
 

Author(s): Kan N Hor, Michael D Taylor, Hussein R Al-Khalidi, Linda H Cripe, Subha V Raman, John L Jefferies, Robert O'Donnell, D Woodrow Benson, Wojciech Mazur

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), an X-linked disorder affects approximately 1 in 5000 males, is universally associated with heart disease. We previously identified myocardial disease by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in DMD subjects at various stages of disease, but the true ...

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2014

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Differences in carrier frequency between mothers of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy patients.
 

Author(s): Tomoko Lee, Yasuhiro Takeshima, Noriko Kusunoki, Hiroyuki Awano, Mariko Yagi, Masafumi Matsuo, Kazumoto Iijima

Journal: J. Hum. Genet.. 2014 Jan;59(1):46-50.

 

Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies (DMD/BMD) are X-linked inherited muscular disorders caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. Two-thirds of DMD cases are thought to be caused by inheritance from carrier mothers and this study aimed to clarify and compare the carrier frequency ...

Last Updated: 27 Jan 2014

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Analysis of differentially expressed genes in various stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy by using a network view.
 

Author(s): D Wang, Z J Wang, X X Song, L H Pu, X Li, Y Wang

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), which is caused by mutations in the X-linked dystrophin gene, is a severe and progressive neuromuscular disease with no available cure. By integrating 2 microarray datasets from the Gene Expression Omnibus, we identified differentially expressed ...

Last Updated: 13 Nov 2013

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The terms "Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy" returned 50 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Cytokines and chemokines as regulators of skeletal muscle inflammation: presenting the case of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
 

Author(s): Boel De Paepe, Jan L De Bleecker

Journal: Mediators Inflamm.. 2013 ;2013():540370.

 

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a severe inherited muscle disease that affects 1 in 3500 boys worldwide. Infiltration of skeletal muscle by inflammatory cells is an important facet of disease pathophysiology and is strongly associated with disease severity in the individual patient. ...

Last Updated: 4 Dec 2013

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Development of multiexon skipping antisense oligonucleotide therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
 

Author(s): Yoshitsugu Aoki, Toshifumi Yokota, Matthew J A Wood

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2013 ;2013():402369.

 

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an incurable, X-linked progressive muscle degenerative disorder that results from the absence of dystrophin protein and leads to premature death in affected individuals due to respiratory and/or cardiac failure typically by age of 30. Very recently ...

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2013

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The role of fibrosis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
 

Author(s): Werner Klingler, Karin Jurkat-Rott, Frank Lehmann-Horn, Robert Schleip

Journal: Acta Myol. 2012 Dec;31(3):184-95.

 

Muscular dystrophies such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) are usually approached as dysfunctions of the affected skeletal myofibres and their force transmission. Comparatively little attention has been given to the increase in connective tissue (fibrosis) which accompanies these ...

Last Updated: 26 Apr 2013

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Electrical Impedance Myography and Ultrasound as Biomarkers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

 

Last Updated: 30 Apr 2014

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Sunphenon Epigallocatechin-Gallate (EGCg) in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

 

Last Updated: 19 Mar 2014

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Historically Controlled Trial of Corticosteroids in Young Boys With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

 

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2014

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