Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Published Online: 19 APR 2001
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How to Cite
Michalak, M. and Opas, M. 2001. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive disorder that affects muscles and causes progressive weakness. Dystrophin, the product of the DMD gene, is one of several membrane proteins that form the dystrophin–glycoprotein complex, which helps to maintain the integrity of muscle cells; loss of these proteins leads to the wasting of muscle cells and to the pathology of DMD.
- muscular dystrophies;
- muscle pathology