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Tag: MECP2

July 2016
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Two types of neurons play key roles in Rett syndrome

by  /  27 July 2016

Manipulating MeCP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome, has revealed two neuron types as crucial contributors to the condition.

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Gene-editing tool locates proteins inside brain cells

by  /  8 July 2016

The popular gene-editing tool CRISPR can tag proteins in the brain, illuminating the whereabouts of autism candidates.

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June 2016
News

Breathing issues in Rett stem from distinct neural circuits

by  /  24 June 2016

Each of the various breathing difficulties seen in people with Rett syndrome may arise from a distinct circuit in the brainstem.

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Autism’s social problems may stem from sense of touch

by  /  9 June 2016

The anxiety and trouble with social skills seen in people with autism may originate outside of the brain, in neurons that govern touch.

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April 2016
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2016
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Brain station; monkey business; duplication dilemma

by  /  22 April 2016

Researchers are proposing an ‘international brain station’ to share data between labs, China is becoming the destination for primate research, and 1 in 25 papers contains inappropriately copied images.

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Rett syndrome gene may play key role in adult brain

by  /  6 April 2016

MeCP2, a gene associated with neurodevelopmental conditions such as Rett syndrome and autism, has an unexpectedly essential role in mature brains.

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January 2016
Week of JanuaryJan
25th
2016
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Misjudging monkeys; consoling voles; canine connection

by  /  29 January 2016

Headlines about “autistic monkeys” are missing the point, prairie voles show empathy, and dogs could offer clues to psychiatric conditions in people.

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Genetically modified monkeys show autism-like behaviors

by  /  27 January 2016

Monkeys with multiple copies of a gene called MeCP2 show behaviors reminiscent of autism, but some experts question the model’s value.

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December 2015
News

Two mouse models pinpoint neurons at center of Rett syndrome

by  /  21 December 2015

Most symptoms of Rett syndrome stem from loss of the MeCP2 gene in just two types of neurons.

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Drug eases symptoms of rare autism-like syndrome in mice

by  /  10 December 2015

A drug that curbs the expression of MeCP2, a gene duplicated in people with an autism-linked syndrome, normalizes brain function and reverses abnormal behaviors in mice.

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