Therapeutic Development in Myotonic Dystrophy

  • Masayuki NakamoriEmail author


Myotonic dystrophy (DM) is the most common form of muscular dystrophy in adults, caused by unstable genomic expansions of CTG or CCTG repeats. The mutant RNA transcripts containing expanded repeats cause a toxic gain-of-function by perturbing splicing factors in the nucleus, resulting in misregulation of alternative pre-mRNA splicing. Recent advances in basic and translational research and pharmacological approaches provide clues for therapeutic intervention in DM. Here, we review the therapeutic approaches for targeting the toxic RNA with antisense oligonucleotides and small molecules.


Splicing MBNL Antisense oligonucleotides Small molecule 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyOsaka University Graduate School of MedicineOsakaJapan

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