Genetic Differences in Female ACL Injuries
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers have found genetic differences between the anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) of female athletes who have suffered ACL injuries and their male counterparts.
Female athletes already have a two-to-eight times higher risk of suffering an ACL injury compared to male athletes. Researchers, for the first time, examined genetic differences between the ligaments of the two genders. After examining biopsies of damaged ACLs in seven male and seven female athletes, they found differences in the expression of RNA molecules in the female athletes. These differences were responsible for changes in the proteins which maintain the ligament’s structure. The study authors noted the findings may just be the “tip of the iceberg” in regards to how genes affect ACL growth.
For more information, go to: http://www.abstractsonline.com/Plan/ViewAbstract.aspx?mID=3358&sKey=47b6cfe1-82d8-4509-9b33-7f7473c13f0d&cKey=22499357-aa6a-42e8-9107-ba8e78b71386&mKey=4393d428-d755-4a34-8a63-26b1b7a349a1
SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 2014 Annual Meeting, March 2014
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