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Systemic administration of micro-dystrophin restores cardiac geometry and prevents dobutamine-induced cardiac pump failure

DeWayne Townsend, Michael J Blankinship, James M Allen, Paul Gregorevic, Jeffrey S Chamberlain, Joseph M Metzger



Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a fatal disease of striated muscle deterioration resulting from the loss of the cytoskeletal protein dystrophin. Most patients develop significant cardiomyopathy, with heart failure being the second leading cause of death in DMD. Compared with the extensive studies on skeletal muscle defects and potential therapy in DMD, very little attention has been directed at the increasing incidence of heart failure in DMD. Here we show that a single systemic injection of recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV2/6) harboring micro-dystrophin leads to extensive cardiac transduction, with micro-dystrophin correctly localized at the periphery of the cardiac myocytes an..

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