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December 2, 1983

Muscular Dystrophy

Author Affiliations

University of Utah School of Medicine Salt Lake City

JAMA. 1983;250(21):2987-2988. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340210085042

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This book consists of the proceedings of the International Symposium on Muscular Dystrophy held in Tokyo in November 1980. A group of international participants joined researchers from Japanese laboratories to describe their research in 38 papers covering a broad range of topics, including animal dystrophy, muscle development, tissue culture and transplantation, muscle protein metabolism, dystrophic membrane defects, and clinical diseases.

Interesting data are presented on the biochemical changes in chicken dystrophy muscle and the glycogen storage disorder of Japanese quails, a form of acid maltase deficiency. Lucid characterization of several muscle proteases and elegant studies of altered dystrophic membrane ultrastructure add support to the hypotheses that these factors are of fundamental importance in dystrophy pathogenesis.

Clinical reports deal with several disorders, including congenital muscular dystrophy, phosphofructokinase deficiency, and oculopharyngeal and Duchenne's dystrophies. A unique form of distal muscular dystrophy and a new myopathy, lactic dehydrogenase-M subunit deficiency, are carefully documented.