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The Role of Associations in Reducing the Emotional and Financial Impact on Parents Caring for Children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Monthly #apaperaday wrap-up: November 2022

Prof. Annemieke Aartsma-Rus is taking on a challenge by reading and commenting on a paper a day. She shares her insights, findings and thoughts via her @oligogirl Twitter account. Each month, a curated selection of the relevant papers for Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy are presented by the World Duchenne Organization. See below the overview of November 2022.

Must reads

  • Perioperative Care for Patients with Neuromuscular Disorders in the Netherlands – A Questionnaire Study Among Anaesthesiologists, Neurologists and Clinical Geneticists Read more>
  • The Role of Associations in Reducing the Emotional and Financial Impact on Parents Caring for Children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A Cross-Cultural Study Read more>
  • CRISPR-Based Therapeutic Gene Editing for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Advances, Challenges and Perspectives Read more>
  • Sulfur amino acid supplementation displays therapeutic potential in a C. elegans model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy Read more>

Interesting papers

  • Dystrophin Restoration after Adeno-Associated Virus U7–Mediated Dmd Exon Skipping Is Modulated by Muscular Exercise in the Severe D2-Mdx Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Murine Model Read more>
  • Phenotype predictions for exon deletions/duplications: A user guide for professionals and clinicians using Becker and Duchenne muscular dystrophy as examples Read more>
  • Loss of full-length dystrophin expression results in major cell-autonomous abnormalities in proliferating myoblasts Read more>
  • Improving Interpretation of Evidence Relating to Quality of Life in Health Technology Assessments of Rare Disease Treatments Read more>
  • Quantitative Evaluation of Exon Skipping in Urine-Derived Cells for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Read more>
  • Systemic PPMO-mediated dystrophin expression in the Dup2 mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy Read more>

Additional reading

  • Abnormal Expression of Synaptic and Extrasynaptic GABAA Receptor Subunits in the Dystrophin-Deficient mdx Mouse Read more>
  • Pregabalin synchronizes the regeneration of nerve and muscle fibers optimizing the gait recovery of MDX dystrophic mice Read more>
  • A Nonsense Variant in the DMD Gene Causes X-Linked Muscular Dystrophy in the Maine Coon Cat Read more>
  • Transplantation of Differentiated Tonsil-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Ameliorates Murine Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy via Autophagy Activation Read more>
  • Prime editing optimized RTT permits the correction of the c.8713C>T mutation in DMD gene Read more>
  • Research participants: critical friends, agents for change Read more>
  • Clinical, muscle imaging, and genetic characteristics of dystrophinopathies with deep-intronic DMD variants Read more>

We are grateful for prof. Aartsma-Rus for allowing us to share her daily recaps. Follow @oligogirl on Twitter to stay on top of the latest #apaperaday tweets, or subscribe to the WDO Newsletter to receive the monthly must-reads in your inbox.


About professor Annemieke Aartsma-Rus

Prof. Dr. Annemieke Aartsma-Rus is a professor of Translational Genetics at the Department of Human Genetics of the Leiden University Medical Center. Since 2013 she has a visiting professorship at the Institute of Genetic Medicine of Newcastle University (UK).

Her work currently focuses on developing antisense-mediated exon skipping as a therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In addition, in collaborative efforts she aims to bridge the gap between different stakeholders (patients, academics, regulators and industry) involved in drug development for rare diseases.

In 2013 she was elected a member of the junior section of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW), which consists of what are considered the top 50 scientists in the Netherlands under 45. From 2015 to 2022, she was selected as the most influential scientist in Duchenne muscular dystrophy by Expertscape.