Neurology Central

Gene therapy for Rett syndrome: prospects and challenges

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Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurological disorder that affects females and is caused by loss-of-function mutations in the X-linked gene MECP2. Deletion of Mecp2 in mice results in a constellation of neurological features that resemble those seen in RTT patients. Experiments in mice have demonstrated that restoration of MeCP2, even at adult stages, reverses several aspects of the RTT-like pathology suggesting that the disorder may be inherently treatable.

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