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Int J Exp Pathol. 2003 Aug;84(4):165-72.

Duchenne's muscular dystrophy: animal models used to investigate pathogenesis and develop therapeutic strategies.

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Muscle Cell Biology Group, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK. charlotte.collins2@csc.mrc.ac.uk

Abstract

Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal childhood disease caused by mutations of the dystrophin gene, the protein product of which, dystrophin, has a vital role in maintaining muscle structure and function. Homologues of DMD have been identified in several animals including dogs, cats, mice, fish and invertebrates. The most notable of these are the extensively studied mdx mouse, a genetic and biochemical model of the human disease, and the muscular dystrophic Golden Retriever dog, which is the nearest pathological counterpart of DMD. These models have been used to explore potential therapeutic approaches along a number of avenues including gene replacement and cell transplantation strategies. High-throughput screening of pharmacological and genetic therapies could potentially be carried out in recently available smaller models such as zebrafish and Caenorhabditis elegans. It is possible that a successful treatment will eventually be identified through the integration of studies in multiple species differentially suited to addressing particular questions.

PMID:
14632630
PMCID:
PMC2517561
DOI:
10.1046/j.1365-2613.2003.00354.x
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