Title: Fragile X syndrome: causes, diagnosis, mechanisms, and therapeutics
Authors: Bagni, Claudia ×
Tassone, Flora
Neri, Giovanni
Hagerman, Randi #
Issue Date: Dec-2012
Publisher: American Society for Clinical Investigation
Series Title: Journal of Clinical Investigation vol:122 issue:12 pages:4314-4322
Abstract: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most frequent form of inherited intellectual disability and is also linked to other neurologic and psychiatric disorders. FXS is caused by a triplet expansion that inhibits expression of the FMR1 gene; the gene product, FMRP, regulates mRNA metabolism in the brain and thus controls the expression of key molecules involved in receptor signaling and spine morphology. While there is no definitive cure for FXS, the understanding of FMRP function has paved the way for rational treatment designs that could potentially reverse many of the neurobiological changes observed in FXS. Additionally, behavioral, pharmacological, and cognitive interventions can raise the quality of life for both patients and their families.
ISSN: 0021-9738
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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