Alexandra Gudkova

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Several desmin mutations have been described in patients with cardiomyopathies and distal myopathies. Among them, A213V substitution has been associated with three completely different clinical phenotypes: restrictive cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy and isolated distal myopathy. However, the identification of this substitution also in control(More)
Currently, there are two points of view on the ability of adult human heart to regenerate. One of them holds that the myocardium has a poor ability to regenerate. According to the other, the myocardium can rapidly regenerate due to the presence of resident stem cells in it. The purpose of this study was to test these hypotheses by investigating the(More)
Nuclear lamins are the main proteins of the nuclear envelope providing nuclear-membrane strength. Recently, it became clear that lamins in cells play not only a structural role, but are also involved in regulation of gene expression. The LMNA gene encodes lamin A or C depending on the synthesizing splicing variant. The best-known LMNA mutation causes severe(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiomyopathies represent a rare group of disorders often of genetic origin. While approximately 50% of genetic causes are known for other types of cardiomyopathies, the genetic spectrum of restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is largely unknown. The aim of the present study was to identify the genetic background of idiopathic RCM and to compile the(More)
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