Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Combined therapy could repair and prevent damage in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, study suggests

Results from a clinical trial of eteplirsen, {RNA, [P-deoxy-P-(dimethylamino)](2',3'-dideoxy-2',3'-imino-2',3'-seco)(2'a→5')(C-m5U-   C-C-A-A-C-A-m5U-C-A-A-G-G-A-A-G-A-m5U-G-G-C-A-m5U-m5U-m5U-C-m5U-A-G),    5'-[P-[4-[[2-[2-(2-hydroxyethoxy) ethoxy]ethoxy] carbonyl]-1-piperazinyl]-N,N-   dimethylphosphonamidate]}  a drug designed to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, suggest that the therapy allows participants to walk farther than people treated with placebo and dramatically increases production of a protein vital to muscle growth and health. The study, led by a team in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, is the first of its kind to show these results from an exon-skipping drug -- a class of therapeutics that allows cells to skip over missing parts of the gene and produce protein naturally....

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