Repairing the tears: Dysferlin in muscle membrane repair

Katherine R. Doherty, Elizabeth M. McNally*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Many muscular dystrophies arise from enhanced muscle degeneration, but one muscular dystrophy subtype has now been shown to arise from defective muscle membrane repair. Mutations in the gene encoding dysferlin cause muscular dystrophy, and recent work has demonstrated a role for this protein in resealing muscle membrane tears. Thus, two broad categories of muscle membrane defects can now be defined: those with inherent instability and those with compromised repair. The latter might be relevant for muscle wasting that occurs with aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-330
Number of pages4
JournalTrends in Molecular Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology


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