Study gives new genetic insight to fragile X syndrome

January 19, 2015 3:07 PM

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Study gives new genetic insight to fragile X syndrome

Usually, fragile X syndrome is caused by the disabling of the fragile X mental retardation (FMR1) gene responsible for creating a protein - fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). FMRP is used to regulate electrical signals in the brain.

However, the patient examined in the study had only a single error in this gene and exhibited just two of the primary symptoms of the disorder. As a result, the researchers were able to analyze a hitherto unknown role for the gene.

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