18 August 2010 – Jupiter, FL, USA Lab researchers at the Scripps research Institute have found a link between methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2), the protein produced by the MECP2 gene and cocaine addiction in lab rats. When MeCP2 levels were high, rats were more vulnerable to addiction and cocaine exposure also increased the level of the protein. At first glance this seems to have little direct relevance to those born with extra MECP2 gene copies, but this and a wide variety of other studies now probing the role of MECP2 may eventually help clarify how the gene operates and whether somethings may be useful in up-regulating or down-regulating the gene activity. For more, on this see: Epigenie
About this BlogThis blog is intended for families, researchers, and professionals interested in better lives for children and adults with MECP2 Duplication Syndrome. Pam Albert's MECP2 Duplication Syndrome Website provides a great deal of useful information for families and profiles of many of the current children and adults diagnosed with this condition. Facebook users who are members of families if individuals with MECP2 Duplication syndrome may wish to join the Facebook MECP2 Duplication Syndrome Family Talk Group for discussions of family matters.
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