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myotonic dystrophy

Monday 22 September 2003

Myotonic dystrophy (DM), the most common form of muscular dystrophy in adults, is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous neuromuscular disorder. DM is characterized by autosomal dominant inheritance, muscular dystrophy, myotonia, and multisystem involvement.


- Type 1 DM (DM1) is caused by a (CTG)(n) expansion in the 3’ untranslated region of the DMPK gene in 19q13.3.
- Type 2 DM (DM2) but without the DM1 mutation, showed linkage to the 3q21 region and were recently shown to segregate a (CCTG)(n) expansion mutation in intron 1 of ZNF9.
- Type 3 DM (DM3) 3q21


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