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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Curtis Kendall December 5, 2006. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Facts. DMD affects mostly males at a rate of 1 in 3,500 births. There are over 200 types of mutations that can cause any one of the forms of muscular dystrophy.

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duchenne muscular dystrophy
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Curtis Kendall

December 5, 2006

duchenne muscular dystrophy facts
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Facts
  • DMD affects mostly males at a rate of 1 in 3,500 births.
  • There are over 200 types of mutations that can cause any one of the forms of muscular dystrophy.
      • There are also mutations that occur within the same gene that cause other disease types.
  • DMD is the most severe and common type of muscular dystrophy.
  • DMD is characterized by the wasting away of muscles.
  • DMD is the most aggressive form of muscular dystrophy.
  • Diagnosis in boys usually occurs between 16 months and 8 years.
      • Parents are usually the first to notice problem.
  • Death from DMD usually occurs by age of 30.
clinical features genotype of dmd
Clinical FeaturesGenotype of DMD
  • Females carry the DMD gene on the X chromosome.
      • Females are carriers and have a 50% chance of transmitting the disease in each pregnancy.
        • Sons who inherit the mutation will have the disease.
        • Daughters that inherit the mutation will be carriers.
  • The DMD gene is located on the Xp 21 band of the X chromosome.
  • Mutations which affect the DMD gene.
      • 96% are frameshift mutations
      • 30% are new mutations
      • 10-20% of new mutations occur in the gametocyte (sex cell, will be pass on to the next generation).
  • The most common mutation are repeats of the CAG nucleotides.
genotype of dmd cont
Genotype of DMD(Cont.)
  • During the translocation process, a mutation occurs.
    • Mutations leading to the absence of dystrophin
      • Very Large Deletions (lead to absence of dystrophin)
    • Mutations causing reading errors (causes a degraded, low functioning DMD protein molecule)
      • Stop mutation
      • Splicing mutation
      • Duplication
      • Deletion
      • Point Mutations
clinical features phenotype of dmd
Clinical FeaturesPhenotype of DMD
  • Delays in early childhood stages involving muscle use, in 42% of patients.
      • Delays in standing alone
      • Delays in sitting without aid
      • Delays in walking (12 to 24 months)
        • Toe walking or flat footednees.
      • Child has a hard time climbing.
  • Learning difficulties in 5% of patients.
  • Speech problems in 3% of patients.
  • Leg and calf pain.
  • Mental development is impaired. IQ’s usually below 75 points.
      • Memory problems
      • Carrying out daily functions
  • Increase in bone fractures due to the decrease in bone density.
  • Increase in serum CK (creatine phosphokinase) levels up to 10 times normal amounts.
  • Wheelchair bound by 12 years of age.
  • Cardiomyopathy at 14 to 18 years.
  • Few patients live beyond 30 years of age.
      • Reparatory problems and cardiomyopathy leading to congestive heart failure are the usual cause of death.
molecular makeup
Molecular Makeup
  • There are 79 exons: which makeup 0.6% of the entire gene.
  • There are 8 promoters (binding sights).
  • Introns: make up 99.4% of the entire gene.
  • Genomic DNA: 2.2 million base pairs.
  • N-terminal or actin binding sight: binds dystrophin to membranes surrounding striated muscle fiber.
  • Rod Domain: contains 24 proteins that repeat and maintain molecular structure.
      • It is thought to give the rod its flexibility.
      • The main rod is interrupted by 4 hinge regions.
  • The cysteine-rich domain: regulates ADAM protease which are cell membrane anchors that are important in maintaining cell shape and structure.
  • The C-terminal: contains the syntrophin binding sight (for binding internal cellular components)
dmd gene and dystrophin function
DMD Gene and DystrophinFunction
  • The DMD gene encodes for the protein dystrophin, found in muscle cells and some neurons.
      • Dystrophin provides strength to muscle cells by linking the internal cytoskeleton to the surface membrane.
      • Without this structural support, the cell membrane becomes permeable. As components from outside the cell are allowed to enter the internal pressure of the cell increases until the cell bursts and dies.
        • Under normal wear and tear stem cells within the muscle regenerate new muscle cells and repair the damage.
        • In DMD the damage to muscle cells is so extreme that the supply of stem cells are exhausted and repair can no longer occur.
  • OMIM
      • MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY, DUCHENNE TYPE; DMD#310200 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/dispomim.cgi?id=310200

#300377 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/dispomim.cgi?cmd=entry&id=300377

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bibliography cont
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