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Burnt Sugar Derivative May be Key to Muscular Dystrophy Cure, University of Washington Study


8/2/2013 7:05:12 AM

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A trace substance in caramelized sugar, when purified and given in appropriate doses, improves muscle regeneration in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The findings are published today, Aug. 1, in the journal Skeletal Muscle. Morayma Reyes, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and Hannele Ruohola-Baker, professor of biochemistry and associate director of the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, headed the University of Washington team that made the discovery. The first authors of the paper were Nicholas Ieronimakis,UW Department of Pathology; and Mario Pantoja, UW Department of Biochemistry.

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