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Monday 15 September 2003

’Laminopathies’ are associated with defects in proteins of the nuclear envelope. Most laminopathy mutations have been mapped to the A-type lamin gene, which is expressed in most adult cell types.

Laminopathies comprise a group of inherited diseases with variable clinical phenotypes, caused by mutations in the lamin A/C gene (LMNA).

A prominent feature in several of these diseases is muscle wasting, as seen in Emery Dreifuss muscle dystrophy, dilated cardiomyopathy and limb-girdle muscular dystrophy.

While the mechanisms underlying this phenotype remain largely obscure, two major working hypotheses are currently being investigated, namely, defects in gene regulation and/or abnormalities in nuclear architecture causing cellular fragility.

- There is a direct correlation between absence of LMNA proteins and nuclear fragility in living cells. This nuclear behaviour is indicative for a loss of interaction of the disturbed nucleus with the surrounding cytoskeleton. The tree-dimensional organisation of actin -, vimentin- and tubulin-based filaments shows a disturbed interaction of these structures in MEF-/- cells. This loss of nuclear stiffness
is associated with a loss of a physical interaction between nuclear structures (i.e. lamins) and the cytoskeleton(15367494).


- Emery-Dreifuss disease (muscle dystrophy)
- dilated cardiomyopathy
- limb-girdle muscular dystrophy


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