Becker muscular dystrophy


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Beck·er muscular dystrophy

 (bĕk′ər)
n.
A form of muscular dystrophy that begins in late childhood or adolescence, almost exclusively affects males, and is characterized by progressive weakening of the muscles that is similar to but less severe than in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It is caused by a recessive genetic mutation on the X chromosome that results in insufficiency or abnormality of the protein dystrophin in muscle cells.

[After Peter Emil Becker (1908-2000), German human geneticist .]
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Noun1.Becker muscular dystrophy - a form of muscular dystrophy that sets in in adolescence or adulthood and progresses slowly but will affect all voluntary muscles; characterized by generalized weakness and muscle wasting that affects limb and trunk muscles first; similar to Duchenne's muscular dystrophy but less severe; inheritance is X-linked recessive (carried by females but affecting only males)
dystrophy, muscular dystrophy - any of several hereditary diseases of the muscular system characterized by weakness and wasting of skeletal muscles
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Mutations in the dystrophin (Duchenne muscular dystrophy [ DMD ]) gene, which encodes a protein connecting the cytoskeleton of muscle fibers, result in X-linked recessive dystrophinopathy, including DMD and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD).
Most people have very little understanding of Becker muscular dystrophy, and the challenges that boys and men affected by it face every day," said Kate, "I wanted to raise awareness as well as money that will fund research into treating the condition".
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The structure of the N-terminal actin-binding domain of human dystrophin and how mutations in this domain may cause Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy.
KEY WORDS: Becker muscular dystrophy, dystrophin gene, exon, deletion
It includes a 10-year epidemiological forecast for the diagnosed prevalent cases of DMD and Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) in men, segmented by age (in 10-year age groups beginning at 0 years and ending at =40 years for cases of DMD with a special focus on the subgroup of ages 5-13 years, and in 15-year age groups beginning at 0 years and ending at =75 years for cases of BMD) in these markets.
Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy prevalence in South Africa and molecular findings in 128 persons affected.
The importance of establishing this diagnosis versus similar and more-common Becker muscular dystrophy is that it has significant treatment implications.
Prenatal Diagnosis of Duchenne/ Becker muscular dystrophy by short tandem repeat segregation analysis in Argentine families.
Carrier detection and microsatellite analysis of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy in Spanish families.
Ray Thomas, from Neath, lost two sons to Becker muscular dystrophy and is the Welsh spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.
The most common disease manifestations being Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD).