Researchers in France have identified a new type of muscle stem cell that appears capable of generating and repairing muscle and reproducing itself.
MDA-supported scientists in France have identified a previously unknown type of muscle stem cell located in the spaces between muscle fibers in mice. They say the new cells, dubbed "PICs," may play at least as important a role in muscle regeneration and repair as satellite cells, which have been recognized as stemlike cells in muscle since the 1960s. As such, they could have implications for...
Scientists have identified a protein cluster that patches damaged muscle-fiber membranes in muscular dystrophy
Scientists in the United States and Japan have identified a three-protein cluster that reseals damaged muscle-fiber membranes. The findings, published June 5, 2009, in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, could have implications for development of treatments for muscular dystrophies.
Items im this article refer to research in: Duchenne muscular dystrophy, myotonic muscular dystrophy, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.