Rett syndrome

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Rett syndrome

Rett syndrome is a progressive, neuro-developmental condition that primarily affects girls. Affected girls appear to have normal psychomotor development during the first 6 to 18 months of life, followed by a developmental "plateau," and then rapid regression in language and motor skills. Additional signs and symptoms may include repetitive, stereotypic hand movements; fits of screaming and inconsolable crying; autistic features; panic-like attacks; teeth grinding (bruxism); episodic apnea and/or hyperpnea; gait ataxia and apraxia; tremors; seizures; and slowed head growth. Some people have an atypical form of Rett syndrome that may be more mild or more severe. Classic Rett syndrome is most commonly caused by mutations in the MECP2 gene and is usually inherited in an X-linked dominant manner. The vast majority of cases are not inherited from a parent, but are due to a new mutation in the affected person. Treatment mainly focuses on the specific signs and symptoms of the condition.
 

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Rett syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

International Rett Syndrome Foundation

The core mission of the IRSF is to fund research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome while enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with Rett syndrome by providing information, programs, and services.

Last Updated: 26 Feb 2015

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Rett Syndrome Research Trust

The Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) is a non-profit organization with a highly personal and urgent mission: a cure for Rett Syndrome and related MECP2 disorders.

Last Updated: 26 Feb 2015

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International Foundation for CDKL5 Research

To lead the way in finding a cure and treatments for CDKL5 disorder by funding global research efforts and increasing awareness while enhancing the quality of life for those affected by CDKL5 disorder, by providing information, programs, and services.

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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Pediatric Brain Foundation

Pediatric Brain Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: 1. Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for ALL of the more than 14 million children, in the U.S. alone, living with some form of neurological disorder 2. Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology 3. Educate the public and public officials on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological research

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Rett syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

International Rett Syndrome Foundation

The core mission of the IRSF is to fund research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome while enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with Rett syndrome by providing information, programs, and services.

http://www.rettsyndrome.org

Last Updated: 26 Feb 2015

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Rett Syndrome Research Trust

The Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) is a non-profit organization with a highly personal and urgent mission: a cure for Rett Syndrome and related MECP2 disorders.

http://www.rsrt.org/

Last Updated: 26 Feb 2015

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International Foundation for CDKL5 Research

To lead the way in finding a cure and treatments for CDKL5 disorder by funding global research efforts and increasing awareness while enhancing the quality of life for those affected by CDKL5 disorder, by providing information, programs, and services.

http://www.CDKL5.com

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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Pediatric Brain Foundation

Pediatric Brain Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: 1. Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for ALL of the more than 14 million children, in the U.S. alone, living with some form of neurological disorder 2. Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology 3. Educate the public and public officials on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological research

http://www.pediatricbrainfoundation.org

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2015

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General Resources

News and Media Center at IRSF

Current IRSF communications: IRSF General and Research Flash Rett Gazette Newsletters

Updated 18 Mar 2013

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Rett Syndrome Handbook

Rett Syndrome Handbook, 2nd edition.

Updated 18 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Rett syndrome" returned 269 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Clinical Guidelines for Management of Bone Health in Rett Syndrome Based on Expert Consensus and Available Evidence.
 

Author(s): Amanda Jefferson, Helen Leonard, Aris Siafarikas, Helen Woodhead, Sue Fyfe, Leanne M Ward, Craig Munns, Kathleen Motil, Daniel Tarquinio, Jay R Shapiro, Torkel Brismar, Bruria Ben-Zeev, Anne-Marie Bisgaard, Giangennaro Coppola, Carolyn Ellaway, Michael Freilinger, Suzanne Geerts, Peter Humphreys, Mary Jones, Jane Lane, Gunilla Larsson, Meir Lotan, Alan Percy, Mercedes Pineda, Steven Skinner, Birgit Syhler, Sue Thompson, Batia Weiss, Ingegerd Witt Engerström, Jenny Downs

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We developed clinical guidelines for the management of bone health in Rett syndrome through evidence review and the consensus of an expert panel of clinicians.

Last Updated: 6 Feb 2016

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Validating the Rett Syndrome Gross Motor Scale.
 

Author(s): Jenny Downs, Michelle Stahlhut, Kingsley Wong, Birgit Syhler, Anne-Marie Bisgaard, Peter Jacoby, Helen Leonard

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Rett syndrome is a pervasive neurodevelopmental disorder associated with a pathogenic mutation on the MECP2 gene. Impaired movement is a fundamental component and the Rett Syndrome Gross Motor Scale was developed to measure gross motor abilities in this population. The current study ...

Last Updated: 23 Jan 2016

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KCC2 rescues functional deficits in human neurons derived from patients with Rett syndrome.
 

Author(s): Xin Tang, Julie Kim, Li Zhou, Eric Wengert, Lei Zhang, Zheng Wu, Cassiano Carromeu, Alysson R Muotri, Maria C N Marchetto, Fred H Gage, Gong Chen

Journal: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.. 2016 Jan;113(3):751-6.

 

Rett syndrome is a severe form of autism spectrum disorder, mainly caused by mutations of a single gene methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) on the X chromosome. Patients with Rett syndrome exhibit a period of normal development followed by regression of brain function and the emergence ...

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2016

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The terms "Rett syndrome" returned 56 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Rett Syndrome: Reaching for Clinical Trials.
 

Author(s): Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Sandipan Pati, Alan K Percy

Journal: Neurotherapeutics. 2015 Jul;12(3):631-40.

 

Rett syndrome (RTT) is a syndromic autism spectrum disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in MECP2. The methyl CpG binding protein 2 binds methylcytosine and 5-hydroxymethycytosine at CpG sites in promoter regions of target genes, controlling their transcription by recruiting ...

Last Updated: 3 Jul 2015

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Assessment and management of nutrition and growth in Rett syndrome.
 

Author(s): Helen Leonard, Madhur Ravikumara, Gordon Baikie, Nusrat Naseem, Carolyn Ellaway, Alan Percy, Suzanne Abraham, Suzanne Geerts, Jane Lane, Mary Jones, Katherine Bathgate, Jenny Downs,

Journal: J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr.. 2013 Oct;57(4):451-60.

 

We developed recommendations for the clinical management of poor growth and weight gain in Rett syndrome through evidence review and the consensus of an expert panel of clinicians.

Last Updated: 2 Oct 2013

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Evaluation of current pharmacological treatment options in the management of Rett syndrome: from the present to future therapeutic alternatives.
 

Author(s): Christopher A Chapleau, Jane Lane, Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Alan K Percy

Journal: Curr Clin Pharmacol. 2013 Nov;8(4):358-69.

 

Neurodevelopmental disorders are a large family of conditions of genetic or environmental origin that are characterized by deficiencies in cognitive and behavioral functions. The therapeutic management of individuals with these disorders is typically complex and is limited to the ...

Last Updated: 2 Oct 2013

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

A Safety Study of NNZ-2566 in Pediatric Rett Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rett Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 14 Jul 2016

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Treatment of Rett Syndrome With Recombinant Human IGF-1
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rett Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 16 Sep 2015

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Placebo Controlled Trial of Dextromethorphan in Rett Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rett Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 13 Jun 2016

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