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Newsletter #90

Thanks to the mobilization of donors, volunteers, families, partners, all united during this great celebration of solidarity for the benefit of the fight against rare diseases, the final collection of the 2021 Telethon amounts to €85,933,166. To all, thank you!

On December 3 and 4, 2021, the French once again attended the Telethon. Driven by the desire to be together and thanks to everyone’s generosity, the final collection of the 2021 Telethon reached €85,933,166! A huge THANK YOU to everyone!

“This 2021 Telethon has made it possible to rediscover the conviviality of the activities and the pleasure of being together. It is this collective strength that allows patients and researchers to move mountains and achieve initial victories against the disease! And it is the one that will allow us to multiply them!’ said Laurence Tiennot-Herment, President of AFM-Téléthon.

See you for the 2022 Telethon!

Already, the volunteers are in the starting blocks, more motivated than ever, to prepare their animations, and the TV program is under construction with France Télévisions. You have seen it in 2021, victories have been won against diseases, but other patients are still waiting for treatment. For them, the Telethon can change everything. We don’t give up: see you on December 2 and 3 for the 2022 Telethon!

At the institute
A new approach to gene therapy for Steinert's disease The Denis Furling team, in collaboration with the Nicolas Sergeant team (Lille), has developed and tested a new approach to gene therapy, a so-called “decoy” approach, for DM1, which strategy is based on the expression of modified proteins that will bind to the foci in the location of and instead of the endogenous MBNL1 proteins, in order to free the latter and restore their activity in the muscle cells expressing the DM1 mutation. Read more

Lower limb exoskeletons: 2 clinical studies starting at the Institute The NMD are characterised, in particular, by a progressive loss of muscle strength. As a result, getting up, sitting down or going up stairs can quickly become difficult. This is why the Institute of Myology has just launched two studies, whose objective is to assess the efficacy of two robotic exoskeletons to compensate for muscle weakness in the lower limbs, among 80 patients with neuromuscular diseases. Read more

My thesis in 180 seconds: Louison Lallemant, 2022 Public prize winner Louison Lallemant, doctoral student in the REDs team, has just won the Public Prize awarded by Internet users and the public attending the Sorbonne University Final of the "My thesis in 180 seconds" competition. Read more

Upcoming M&M's – Muscle Monday Seminars M&M’s – Muscle Monday Seminars are organized by the Myology Centre for Research, at the Institute of Myology. They are given by videoconference. Next guests in April & May 2022 are: Charles A. Gersbach on April 11th and Shahragim Tajbakhsh on May 16th. Read more

Our latest news
New type of histological abnormalities in congenital nemaline myopathies French clinicians report, in five patients with congenital rod myopathy (also called nemaline), histological lesions in the form of dense protein masses. Read more

Splicing efficiency of minor introns in a mouse model of SMA The splicing efficiency of minor introns in a mouse model of SMA mainly depends on their branch point sequence and may involve the contribution of major spliceosome components. Read more

Muscle cells of patients with sporadic ALS secrete neurotoxic vesicles Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is characterized by motor neuron degeneration that eventually dies. While the cause of MN death is unknown, one hypothesis is that its cellular environment may play a key role in its survival. Read more

Review of the advances in understanding the pathophysiology of autoimmune disorders in NMJ Autoimmune disorders of the neuromuscular junction are characterized in particular by fatigue and muscle weakness, there is no cure for these disorders so far. Read more

Echocardiography and renin-aldosterone interaction as predictors of death in COVID-19 In this article, French clinicians report the results of a study aimed at clarifying the interaction between RAAS, systemic inflammation and pulmonary and cardiac involvement in COVID-19. Read more

More breaking news
Myology 2022 and mitoNice 2022: programs are online The programs of these two major scientific congresses are online. Last call for abstracts: exceptionally, the deadline for abstracts is postponed until April 15. Read more

A natural microRNA spiked with small molecules to knock down DUX4 in FSHD FSHD is characterized by an aberrant expression of the DUX4 gene. To prevent it, in a gene silencing approach, a therapeutic avenue consists in specifically binding the messenger RNA of DUX4 to synthetic RNAs of the complementary siRNA or miRNA type. Read more

A catalog of sodium channel variants to guide in the diagnosis of certain myotonic syndromes An international consortium of researchers has catagorized, based on literature data, the biophysical and genetic characteristics of 437 sodium channel variants known to date. Read more

Duchenne & Becker muscular dystrophy
Inflammatory myopathies
Spinal muscular atrophy
Muscle lipidosis
Myotonic dystrophies
Basic research and other disorders
In brief
France revives positive European Momentum against Rare Diseases It is a positive commitment, but France must set an example by perpetuating and amplifying a truly ambitious national policy. Read more

Upcoming webinars organized by EURO-NMD Upcoming webinars organized by the European network EURO-NMD: "Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy genetic diagnosis" le 7 avril, "Gene therapy, cancer and neuromuscular diseases" on April 21st and "Primary Mitochondrial Myopathies" on May 12th. Read more

A book to explain Duchenne muscular dystrophy to affected children A small book for children with DMD has been designed by the Marseille Reference Center. The usefulness of this didactic and abundantly illustrated work was the theme of a prospective study with nine children with DMD and their parents. Read more

Job opportunities The Institute of Myology is recruiting a Clinical Research Associate and a Pediatrician or Pediatric neurologist. Read more

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