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Eur. Heart J. 2000 Nov;21(22):1872-6
Although dilated cardiomyopathy is the most frequent form of cardiomyopathy, its aetiology is still poorly understood. In about 20-30% of cases the disease is familial with a large predominance of autosomal dominant transmission. Ten different chromosomal loci have been described for autosomal dominant forms of dilated cardiomyopathy. Only two genes have been associated with pure forms (without myopathy and/or conduction disorders) of the disease, the cardiac actin and the desmin genes. Our aim was to determine the proportion of dilated cardiomyopathy affected individuals carrying a mutation in one of these two genes.