Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fragile X, Down Syndrome Involve Similar Pathways | Psych Central News

Mental disabilities stemming from Fragile X and Down syndrome involve similar molecular pathways, according to a new study published in The EMBO Journal.
Both disorders are characterized by problems with the processes that regulate the way nerve cells develop dendritic spines—the small protrusions on the surface of nerve cells that are vital for communication in the brain.
“We have shown for the first time that some of the proteins altered in Fragile X and Down syndromes are common molecular triggers of intellectual disability in both disorders,” said Kyung-Tai Min, a professor at Indiana University and the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Korea.


Fragile X, Down Syndrome Involve Similar Pathways | Psych Central News

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