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Treatment options for respiratory problems in Rett syndrome

Respiratory problems, such as irregular breathing and apnea during resting and/or sleeping, are a common feature in patients with Rett syndrome (RTT). Three studies here outlined describe three different approaches to these problems and present encouraging results. The first article describes the results obtained using a serotonin receptor agonist, whose commercial name is Sarizotan, in […]

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Impairment of the macroautophagy: a possible hallmark of the Rett syndrome

The Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects 1 out of 10,000 girls. They present a neurodevelopment disruption affecting language, cognition and motor function.  The RTT is caused, in the 90 – 95% of the cases, by mutations of MECP2, a gene that controls the transcription of other genes. A team of scientists […]

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Rett syndrome: an over-50-years journey

In 1966, an Austrian neurologist named Andreas Rett first described more than 20 young female patients which shared similar characteristics, starting from the observation of identical stereotypic hand movements. In 1983, the Swedish pediatrician Bengt Hagberg gave for the first time the name of Rett syndrome (RTT) to the symptoms he detected in a group […]

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Genetic strategies to repair brain circuits with altered MECP2

The Rett syndrome (RTT) and the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders which, although presenting different symptoms and evolution, are linked by a common factor: mutations in the same gene, called MECP2. But the answers on how and why the same gene could have a key role in the development of both diseases have […]

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