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Case study: ID’ing relatives may aid earlier CMT diagnosis

A 52-year-old man was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1 subtype A (CMT1A), after presenting a history of muscle weakness in his legs, foot deformities, and walking impairments. The report illustrates how identifying relatives with similar symptoms may lead to an earlier referral in subsequent CMT cases in the…

CMTRF funds Vanderbilt research on potential CMT1A treatments

The CMT Research Foundation (CMTRF) has invested in a project at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Basic Sciences for potential new treatments for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A). The project will be conducted by Charles Sanders, PhD, a biochemistry and medicine professor and vice dean at Vanderbilt. Sanders’…

Oryzon picks HDAC6 inhibitor to develop as potential CMT treatment

Oryzon Genomics has chosen ORY-4001, a selective histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) inhibitor, for clinical development as a potential treatment for Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease and other neurological conditions. HDAC6 enzyme inhibitors have shown promise for CMT, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and other neurological diseases, Oryzon states. ORY-4001 will now…

Measure of myelin damage may aid demyelinating CMT diagnosis

A measure of the distribution of demyelination — myelin loss — may improve the diagnosis of demyelinating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) and better distinguish it from a related rare disease, a study in Japan found. Specifically, the compound muscle action potential (CMAP) duration ratio was significantly lower in people with CMT…

Electrical Stimulation Lowers Protein Clumps, Aids Myelin: CMT1A Model

Electrical stimulation reduced toxic PMP22 protein clumping and promoted myelin-making activity in a cell model of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A), a new study reports. “We expect that the findings … will play a significant role in the potential clinical translation of an electroceutical [electricity-based] treatment for CMT1A disease,”…