Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports

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Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy

  • Rabi Tawil


Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is a dominantly inherited muscular dystrophy with a distinctive clinical presentation. Despite the identification of a causal deletion on chromosome 4q35 over a decade ago, the molecular pathophysiology of FSHD remains unclear. The deleted repeats, though clearly associated with FSHD, do not contain expressed genes. The FSHD-associated deletions must, therefore, influence the expression of one or more genes at a distance from the site of the deletion. Recent studies have suggested potential mechanisms through which such a distant effect could be mediated.


Muscular Dystrophy Muscle Nerve Creatine Monohydrate 4q35 Gene Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rabi Tawil
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  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA

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