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Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy (OPMD): Exploring Causes and Treatment

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Published on Feb 24, 2010

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Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy (OPMD) is a degenerative muscular disorder that primarily affects the muscles of the eyes and pharynx (throat), resulting in problems with swallowing, speech and control of the eyelids. The root cause of OPMD is an inherited genetic anomaly that results in a malformed protein, which forms clumps that affect muscle function. Researchers at Emory University, led by Anita Corbett, PhD, are researching OPMD at a cellular level, trying to discern exactly how the disease works and, based on that, potentially coming up with ways to treat the disease. A "mouse model" is being employed to study the mechanism of the disease as well as explore treatment.

About Anita Corbett, Phd
Anita Corbet is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine. Researchers in her lab seek to understand how transport events contribute to the regulation of gene expression and how defects in these processes lead to human diseases such as mental retardation and muscular dystrophy.

Related Links

Probing a puzzling form of muscular dystrophy
http://www.emoryhealthsciblog.com/?p=...

Corbett Lab
http://www.biochem.emory.edu/labs/aco...

Department of Biochemistry, Emory University
http://www.biochem.emory.edu/labs/aco...

Woodruff Health Sciences Center
http://www.emoryhealthsciences.org

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