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A regulatory protein best known for its role in a rare genetic brain disorder also may play a critical role in cocaine addiction.
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have identified a protein that may act as the trigger controlling the addictive impact of cocaine in the brain.
A subtle mutation affecting the epigenome â€“ a set of dynamic factors that influence gene activity -- may lead to an inherited form of mental retardation that affects boys, find researchers at Children's Hospital Boston.
A paper published online today in Molecular Cell proposes that Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) impacts the entire genome in neurons, rather than acting as a regulator of specific genes.
Loss of the gene that causes Rett syndrome disrupts the production of neurotransmitters in specific nerve cells, causing the movement and behavioral problems typical of the disease.
CINCINNATI, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired by recent breakthroughs in research, today the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) announced a major fundraising initiative entitled Research to Reality: Funding Progress.
Using advanced brain imaging and genomics technologies, an international team of researchers co-led by Scripps Research Institute scientists has shown for the first time that natural variations in a specific gene influence brain structure.
An international group of researchers is the first to show that common variations in a gene â€“ previously shown to be associated with Retts Syndrome, autism, and mental retardation â€“ are associated with differences in brain structure in both healthy individuals and patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders. Their findings will be published in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of August 17.
A research collaboration between Australia and Israel has identified a genetic variation that influences the severity of symptoms in Rett syndrome.