Development of assays for therapeutic screening in myotonic dystrophy
Udosen, Inyang Udofia (2012) Development of assays for therapeutic screening in myotonic dystrophy. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Myotonic dystrophy (DM) is an autosomal dominant inherited multisystemic neuromuscular disease. The molecular mechanism for DM is mediated by toxic RNAs containing expanded repeat units. DMI is caused by a CTG repeat expansion in 3'-UTR of the DMPK gene while DM2 is caused by CCTG repeat in intronl of the ZNF9 gene. The molecular features of DM are formation of RNA foci, co-localisation of MBNL proteins with ribonuclear foci, splicing defects of a subset of pre-mRNAs with elevation ofCUGBPI in DMl.
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