sugar coating

New understanding of how the alpha-dystroglycan protein is glycosylated (sugar-coated) may have relevance for treating some forms of congenital and limb-girdle muscular dystrophy

posted on August 13, 2013 - 3:19pm
Glycosylation — "sugar-coating" — of the muscle protein alpha-dystroglycan is known to be a crucial part of muscle function. Without sufficient glycosylation, alpha-dystroglycan doesn't stick well to other proteins, and an important linkage between muscle fibers and their surroundings is disrupted.

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