MECP2 Implicated in lead poisoning

Researchers at New York’s Columbia University published a study yesterday (29 Feb 2012) in Toxicological Sciences on how lead poisoning leads to problems in brain development. They traced the effect to BDNF, a naturally occurring chemical helps create new synapses, and speculate that MECP2 may play an important role in turning off BDNF. This research is significant because it points one more important role of MECP2 and because this line of research may stimulate more research on MECP2.

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