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Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a common autosomal recessive neuromuscular disorder that is caused by loss of the survival motor neuron gene, SMN1. SMA treatment strategies have focused on production of the SMN protein from the almost identical gene, SMN2. Valproic acid (VPA) is a histone deacetylase inhibitor that can increase SMN levels in some SMA cells(More)
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is common in malaria endemic regions and is estimated to affect more than 400 million people worldwide. Deficient subjects are mostly asymptomatic but clinical manifestations range from neonatal jaundice due to acute hemolytic anemia to chronic non-spherocytic hemolytic anemia. To date, biochemical(More)
We report a Chinese patient with amyloidotic polyneuropathy associated with a novel transthyretin mutation (V32A). He presented with slowly progressive sensorimotor polyneuropathy accompanied by autonomic dysfunction and cardiomyopathy by echocardiography. This mutation is likely to be associated with late onset and low-penetrance phenotype.
The dystrophin gene is the largest gene in the human genome, and it codes for a protein which plays an important role in anchoring the cytoskeleton to the cell membrane. Mutations in the gene may cause Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) or Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), an allelic variant. Currently genetic therapy holds great promise in finding a cure(More)
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