About Dyskeratosis Congenita (DC)
Dyskeratosis congenita is an inherited condition which causes premature ageing of cells and organs due to telomere (the tips of chromosomes) repair abnormalities. This condition can lead to bone marrow failure (anaemia, low white blood count and platelet-blood clotting problems), lung fibrosis, liver cirrhosis and other conditions. It can severely affect children, as well as adults later in life. To find out more, please click on 'Dyskeratosis Congenita' in the menu bar above.
DC Action is a UK Registered Charity (Charity Number 1167150). At DC Action, we focus our efforts on three core areas:
Our advocacy work focuses on research and expert care and treatments.
We aim to raise awareness of DC amongst medical professionals, patients and the public.
We provide support and advice for people affected by Dyskeratosis Congenita.
Professor Inderjeet Dokal
Dr. Jane Paxton
Professor Tom Vulliamy
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The international DC medical community, along with patient representatives from DC Outreach and DC Action have published an overview of newly recognised complications of DC, including stomach/bowel bleeding, bleeding at the back of the eye (retina), liver and lung complications of abnormal connections between blood vessels. Understanding underlying problems in this way is the first[…]
Danazol is believed to slow down the shortening of telomeres that causes the problems associated with dyskeratosis congenita (DC). A study in 2015 appeared to support this: people treated with danazol actually had lengthening of their telomeres, as well as better blood counts, better lungs and better liver function. Many doctors believe that low dose[…]
Gene editing (CRISPR CAS9) is a technique where the faulty gene causing a genetic disease such as DC could be removed and replaced with the correct gene. Treatment in experimental mice has been very promising. However, a recently published study shows that gene editing can introduce new mutations into the gene it is meant to[…]
Scientists in Madrid have successfully treated mice with a form of Dyskeratosis Congenita (TERT gene mutations) and lung fibrosis with gene therapy targeted at the lungs. All mice treated with the gene therapy showed improvement and some were completely cured of fibrosis after 7 weeks. In contrast, mice treated with a sham gene therapy still had severe[…]
A brave little girl, her big brother and her parents are fighting DC this month. Phoebe, aged five, is having a bone marrow transplant from her brother, aged eight. Phoebe and her family are raising much needed awareness for DC. Read her story, send your love and support us all on https://www.gofundme.com/n7cv9b-phoebes-fund
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DC Action was privileged to be part of the ‘Vascular Complications in Dyskeratosis Congenita’ workshop hosted by the US National Cancer Institute in October. Fifty DC experts from all over the world, representing various specialities, along with patient advocates from DC Outreach, our US sister organisation, met to discuss this problem, which has only recently[…]
A recent study has suggested that Metformin, a cheap and widely available tablet used to treat common conditions such as diabetes, could have a role in preserving telomere length. Metformin has been shown to promote telomere repeat-containing ribonucleic acid (TERRA). TERRA is a molecule that protects and preserves the telomeres, via activation of a natural chemical present[…]
Last week, MPs in the House of Commons debated the government’s Strategy for Rare Diseases, first published in 2013. Ben Howlett, MP for Bath and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions, said that this “should have heralded a new era of treatment and care for rare diseases” – but[…]