Author Archives: Kara Elam

Sugar Molecule May Play Key Role in Muscular Dystrophy Treatment

Researchers at Japan’s Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine have successfully decoded a sugar molecule, providing an important step toward understanding a mechanism linked to muscular dystrophy (MD). The study, “Identification of a Post-translational Modification with Ribitol-Phosphate and Its Defect in Muscular Dystrophy,” was published in the journal…

Duchenne MD Seen to Be Affected by Wnt Signaling Pathway

The Wnt signaling pathway might one day be a promising target for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) cognitive therapy, with potential clinical implications, according to a group of interdisciplinary researchers from universities throughout Chile and Australia. The team’s study, “Wnt signaling pathway improves central inhibitory synaptic transmission in a mouse model…

Early Duchenne MD Study Finds Drug Strengthens Musculature

Researchers have treated a zebrafish animal model with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor to study its effect on fish musculature and strength in an experiment that shows promise for future therapeutic targets to treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The study, entitled “Dasatinib as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy,” was published…

DMD Study Focus Is Pathophysiology of Dilated Cardiomyopathy

This week, a group of interdisciplinary researchers from universities throughout Italy released study findings with potentially important clinical implications for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The study, entitled “Genetic Modifiers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Dilated Cardiomyopathy,” focused on understanding the pathophysiology of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a major…

Catabasis Pharmaceuticals Begins MoveDMD Trial For The Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Massachusetts based Catabasis Pharmaceuticals,  a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics based on their proprietary pathway pharmacology technology platform, recently announced that they have begun treating patients in their MoveDMD trial, a Phase 1/2 trial of CAT- 1004 for the treatment of Duchenne…

Alzheimer’s Protein May Play Role In Eye Health And Muscle Strength Maintenance

This week researchers from the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, released results from a study showing that a key protein associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease, Amyloid precursor protein (APP), could potentially play an important role in eye and muscle health.  The study,…