Sylvia Vetrone

Blocking a protein associated with inflammation and scarring helped mice with a DMD-like disease

posted on May 22, 2009 - 4:23pm
A protein called osteopontin has been implicated as a cause of some of the detrimental inflammation and scarring ("fibrosis") of muscle tissue that takes place in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Eliminating osteopontin was beneficial to mice with a DMD-like disease, and the researchers concluded that reducing osteopontin should be investigated as a possible therapy for DMD.

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