Mutations in the human muscle LIM protein gene in families with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
BACKGROUND: Muscle LIM protein (MLP) is an essential nuclear regulator of myogenic differentiation. Additionally, it may act as an integrator of protein assembly of the actin-based cytoskeleton. MLP-knockout mice develop a marked cardiac hypertrophy reaction and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MLP is therefore a candidate gene for heritable forms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and DCM in humans. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed 1100 unrelated individuals (400 patients with DCM, 200 patie...Expand abstract
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