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Autophagy. 2010 Jul;6(5):665-6.

Autophagy in desmin-related cardiomyopathy: thoughts at the halfway point.


Accumulation of protein aggregates is a hallmark of several neurodegenerative disorders as well as for a number of protein conformation-based diseases, including those affecting muscle, liver and heart. Desminopathy or desmin-related myopathy (DRM) is a skeletal myopathy characterized by bilateral muscle weakness, but is often accompanied by cardiomyopathy as well. DRM can be caused by mutations in desmin, alphaB crystallin, myotilin, Z-band alternatively spliced PDZ-containing protein (ZASP), filamin C (FLNC) or Bcl-2-associated athanogene-3 (BAG3). The common pathological pattern in DRM is accumulation of misfolded proteins, however, clinical manifestations can differ significantly.

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