Expression of Dystrophin in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients after Myoblast Transplantation

Expression of Dystrophin in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients after Myoblast Transplantation Based on originally designed technique of myoblast cultivation and in accordance with the approved by the Russian Ministry of Health “one muscle treatment” protocol of myoblast transplantation to the Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients, the first in Russia clinical trial of this gene correction method was carried out. Immunologically related myoblast cultures (30 to 90 million cells per patient) were injected after all preliminary procedures into tibialis anterior muscles of four boys selected from a group of volunteer recipients (Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients) based on the analysis of a number of surface antigens in donor–recipient pairs. The condition of the patients remained satisfactory during the whole period of post-transplantation follow-up (from 6 months to 1.5 years). Six months after myoblast transplantation the presence of donor DNA or dystrophin synthesis was demonstrated in muscle biopsies of three out of four patients. This result confirms efficacy and safety of the procedure used. Russian Journal of Genetics Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2001 by MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”
Biomedicine; Human Genetics
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