Mutations in the EMD, LMNA, and several other genes cause the various types of Emery–Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. The EMD and LMNA genes provide instructions for making proteins that are components of the nuclear envelope, which surrounds the nucleus in cells. The nuclear envelope regulates the movement of molecules into and out of the nucleus, and researchers believe it may play a role in regulating the activity of certain genes.[medical citation needed]
This gene provides instructions for making a protein called emerin, a transmembrane protein of the inner nuclear membrane which appears to be essential for the normal function of skeletal and cardiac muscle. Most EMD mutations prevent the production of any functional emerin.
Emery–Dreifuss muscular dystrophy also results from mutations in the LMNA gene. This gene provides instructions for making two very similar proteins, lamin A and lamin C. Most of the LMNA mutations that cause this condition result in the production of an altered version of these proteins.
Autosomal dominantEmery–Dreifuss muscular dystrophy individuals experience heart problems with weakness (and wasting) of skeletal muscles and Achilles tendon contractures.
X-linkedEmery–Dreifuss muscular dystrophy is the result of the EMD gene, with cardiac involvement.
Autosomal recessive individuals with this type of the disorder demonstrate cardiac issues, such as arrhythmia. Individuals who acquire EDMD via the autosomal recessive route have an incidence of 1 in 300,000.
The treatment (management) of Emery–Dreifuss muscular dystrophy can be done via several methods, however secondary complications should be considered in terms of the progression of EDMD, therefore cardiac defibrillators may be needed at some point by the affected individual. Other possible forms of management and treatment are the following: