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Rett Syndrome Research Trust Advisor Makes Significant Discovery With Potential For Novel Therapeutic Approaches - February 2009

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[Source: Medical News Today]

A paper published online in Nature Neuroscience reveals the presence of methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) in glia. MeCP2 is a protein associated with a variety of neurological disorders, including Rett Syndrome, the most physically disabling of the autism spectrum disorders. The researchers show that MeCP2-deficient astrocytes (a subset of glia) stunt the growth of neighboring neurons. Remarkably, these neurons can recover when exposed to normal glia in culture.

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