Fragile X Makes Brain Cells Talk Too Much, Washington University School of Medicine Study
Published: Feb 21, 2013
The most common inherited form of mental retardation and autism, fragile X syndrome, turns some brain cells into chatterboxes, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report. The extra talk may make it harder for brain cells to identify and attend to important signals, potentially establishing an intriguing parallel at the cellular level to the attention problems seen in autism. According to the researchers, understanding the effects of this altered signaling will be important to developing successful treatments for fragile X and autism.