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SLU Researcher Draws Bulls Eye Around Muscular Dystrophy Drug Targets

In a recent paper published in the journal Skeletal Muscle, a Saint Louis University researcher reports success in identifying new drug targets that potentially could slow or halt the progression of a form muscular dystrophy, an illness characterized by progressive muscle degeneration. Francis M. Sverdrup, Ph.D., research fellow in the Saint Louis University Department of Biochemistry and

Scientists speed up muscle repair – could fight dystrophy

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Baltimore, MD---Athletes, the elderly and those with degenerative muscle disease would all benefit from accelerated muscle repair. When skeletal muscles, those connected to the bone, are injured, muscle stem cells wake up from a dormant state and repair the damage. When muscles age, however, stem cell number and function declines, as

Researchers resolve longstanding issue of components needed to regenerate muscle

By Susan Gammon, Ph.D. February 9, 2016 Researchers at SBP have conclusively identified the protein complex that controls the genes needed to repair skeletal muscle. The discovery clears up deep-rooted conflicting data and will now help streamline efforts towards boosting stem cell-mediated muscle regeneration. Such strategies could treat muscle degenerative diseases such as muscular dystrophies,

Gene Therapy Treats All Muscles in the Body in Muscular Dystrophy Dogs; Human Clinical Trials Are Next Step

Oct. 22, 2015 Story Contact: Christian Basi COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— Muscular dystrophy, which affects approximately 250,000 people in the U.S., occurs when damaged muscle tissue is replaced with fibrous, fatty or bony tissue and loses function. For years, scientists have searched for a way to successfully treat the most common form of the disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Researchers Isolate Human Muscle Stem Cells

By Nicholas Weiler on September 22, 2015 UC San Francisco researchers have successfully isolated human muscle stem cells and shown that the cells could robustly replicate and repair damaged muscles when grafted onto an injured site. The laboratory finding paves the way for potential treatments for patients with severe muscle injury, paralysis or genetic diseases

Potential treatment for muscular dystrophy

Harvard Gazette, by Hadley Bridger, Brigham & Women's Hospital ~ August 3, 2015 Skeletal muscle is one of the most abundant tissue types in the human body, but it has proven difficult to produce in large quantities in the lab. Unlike other cell types, such as heart cells, neurons, and cells found in the gut,

KCU to Host Lecture by Renowned Regenerative Medicine Researcher

Kansas City, Mo. – (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) will host a special presentation by renowned researcher Jianjie Ma, PhD, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, in the Academic Center on the KCU campus. Dr. Ma currently serves as the Karl P. Klassen Chair of Thoracic Surgery, director

After FDA Approval, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy Patient Receives First Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Treatment in the United States

Virtual-Strategy Magazine, Source: PR Webb ~ September 10, 2014 Ryan Benton, a 28 year-old Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy patient from Wichita, Kansas, received his first umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cell treatment yesterday at Asthma and Allergy Specialists of Wichita, KS following US FDA approval of his doctor’s application for a single patient, investigational new drug

Researchers trigger muscle repair in mice with muscular dystrophy

Medical News Today, by Honor Whiteman ~ September 8, 2014 For muscle-wasting disorders such as muscular dystrophy, there are currently no treatments to halt progression. But researchers from the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, say they may have found a way to trigger tissue repair in damaged muscles, which could help treat

Children’s Hospital Therapy Services Help Children With Muscular Dystrophy Gain Independence

University of Missouri Health System, by Staff ~ August 29, 2014 COLUMBIA, Mo. — Muscular dystrophy is a progressive disease that weakens muscles in the body. The condition can affect a wide range of everyday functions in children, anything from problems with just writing down a note to difficulty breathing. Specialists at University of Missouri