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The protein MeCP2 is porridge to the finicky neuron.
An IRSF funded study published today in the journal Science has shown that the childhood disorder Rett syndrome, can be reestablished in adult animals by "switching off" a critical disease causing gene in healthy adult animals.
Model of Rett syndrome suggests a deficit in processing cues from the environment.
Since 1999, scientists have known that a mutation in a gene called MeCP2 (methyl-CpG-Binding protein 2) can cause Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder.
Study marks the emergence of disease-modifying treatments for autism spectrum disorders BOSTON, Dec.
With few exceptions, jumping genes-restless bits of DNA that can move freely about the genome-are forced to stay put.
A groundbreaking study published Friday in the leading scientific journal, Cell, revealed that a team of investigators had successfully generated nerve cells using skin cells from four individuals with Rett syndrome.
One year ago, filmmaker Jason Rem attended an elegant charity event in Los Angeles, at the home of Ann and Jim Gianopulos, held to raise funds for the work of the Rett Syndrome Research Trust.
The brain works because 100 billion of its special nerve cells called neurons regulate trillions of connections that carry and process information.
"The biggest surprise to me was that we could rescue the autistic phenotype [in the human cells] to something close to normal," said Alysson Muotri of the University of California San Diego.
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