Neuromuscular Junction Diseases

Jacobus Begins Invitation-Only Trial of 3,4-DAP in LEMS

Jacobus Pharmaceutical of Princeton, N.J., has opened a randomized, placebo-controlled study of the drug 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP) in 30 adults with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) who have been receiving the drug through its expanded access program. Enrollment is by invitation only.

BioMarin Seeking US Approval of LEMS Drug

BioMarin Pharmaceutical of Novato, Calif., is conducting a multicenter study of 3,4-diaminopyridinephosphate (3,4-DAP), also known as amifampridine phosphate, in adults with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS).

There are eight U.S. trial sites, with additional sites planned for France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain.

Albuterol Improved Quality of Life in Two Forms of CMS

Researchers have found that the drug albuterol appears to be beneficial in two forms of congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS)— CMS related to mutations in the collagen Q (colQ) gene and CMS related to mutations in the DOK7 gene.

Myasthenia Gravis Trials Now Open

Two clinical trials — one of an experimental medication and the other of a surgical procedure —  are available to people with myasthenia gravis (MG) who meet enrollment criteria.

CK-2017357 being tested at multiple centers

MDA Awards $13.7 Million in Research Grants

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 40 research grants totaling $13.7 million to advance the understanding of disease processes and uncover new strategies for treatments and cures of muscular dystrophy and the more than 40 other diseases in the Association's program.

The new grants were recommended by MDA's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees and approved by MDA's Board of Directors at its July 2011 meeting.

Researchers Exploring Disability Perceptions

Researchers at the Psychology of Disability Lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor are exploring the social identity of people with disabilities through a short, anonymous, Web-based questionnaire.

The lab's Disability Identity Project is being headed by principal investigator Adena Rottenstein, a doctoral candidate in psychology.

The study closes the week of Aug. 22, 2011.

AAN Research Briefs on DM, DMD, LGMD, MG, MMD, SMA

Below are brief reports and links to more information about neuromuscular disease research presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), held in Honolulu April 9-16, 2011.

MDA Conference Brings Together Researchers, Clinicians, Industry

Moving therapeutic strategies from the laboratory to clinical trials and ultimately to the market as treatments was the theme of the MDA National Scientific Conference held March 13-16, 2011, in Las Vegas.

Some 300 people attended the conference, the first in a planned series of such MDA-sponsored meetings that will emphasize new research and current medical care. The majority of presenters and many of the audience members were current or former MDA research grantees or physicians at MDA-supported clinics.

MDA Awards Grant to Test Potential MG Treatment

MDA’s translational research program has announced it is funding research into a potential treatment for the autoimmune disorder myasthenia gravis (MG).

The grant of $530,480 to University of Illinois-Chicago professor Matthew Meriggioli will fund a three-year study of an immune system modulator called GM-CSF. The compound will be tested in a mouse model of MG and in a small group of human subjects.

Research Briefs: CMS, DMD, LGMD, Pompe, Stem Cells

Congenital myasthenic syndromes

A multinational team of scientists has identified mutations in the gene for glutamine-fructose-6-phosphate transaminase 1 (GFPT1) as responsible for some forms of a congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS).