Dystroglycan: important player in skeletal muscle and beyond

Neuromuscul Disord. 2005 Mar;15(3):207-17. doi: 10.1016/j.nmd.2004.11.005. Epub 2005 Jan 28.


Dystroglycan is a transmembrane protein that connects the extracellular matrix to the cytoskeleton. Given the ubiquitous tissue expression of dystroglycan, different functional roles in various organ systems have been characterized during the past decade. More recently, aberrant glycosylation of dystroglycan has been identified as a novel pathogenetic mechanism in several forms of congenital and late onset muscular dystrophy syndromes. The current review summarizes the recent scientific achievements as they relate to the function of dystroglycan under normal and pathophysiological conditions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dystroglycans / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Muscular Diseases / metabolism
  • Muscular Diseases / physiopathology


  • Dystroglycans