AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 3, 2017

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Study: Gene Regulation in Brain May Explain Repetitive Behaviors in Rett Syndrome Patients

Relatively little is known about the neuronal causes of Rett syndrome, but UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have now identified a process in the brains of mice that might explain the repetitive actions – research that could be a key step in developing treatments to eliminate symptoms that drastically impair the quality of life in Rett patients.

 

The finding from UT Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute could also potentially benefit people with autism spectrum disorder, though more research is needed to evaluate the link to this disease in humans.

 

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