Research published in December 2016 provides a bit more information about seizure disorders in MECP2 duplication syndrome, particularly as they compare to seizure disorders in Rett syndrome. In general, this is a great piece of research as it describes the course of seizure disorders in Rett syndrome over a period of years. It emerged from the earlier natural history study. Unfortunately from the the perspective of MECP2 duplication syndrome, this publication is a bit disappointing, not because of any weakness in the sturdy or the reporting, but merely because the number of participants with MECP2 duplication and the number of observations in the study was relatively small, which only permitted a very limited picture of this group. If there is a lesson for the MECP2 duplication syndrome study to be learned from this study, it may be the importance of participation in the current natural history study in order for researchers to be able to glean useful information.
Nevertheless this study did briefly report some general observations relevant to MECP2 duplication syndrome:
Monica Coenraads is the Executive Director of the Rett Syndrome Research Trust. She feels that there might be something useful for understanding both Rett Syndrome and MECP2 Duplication Syndrome to be learned from women who carry the MECP2 duplication but do not have symptoms. Typically these would be moms or sisters of boys with MECP2 Duplication syndrome. She is looking for women or girls who have the duplication, are free of symptoms, have been tested for skewing (the selective inactivation of the X chromosomes with the duplication), and have been found to have normal skewing. If you happen to fit this profile, please consider contacting Monica. Continue reading
This is a great 2003 “Research Channel” video from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute abiut the genetic basis for Rett syndrome. Although this is about Rett syndrome, not MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome, Dr. Huda Zoghbi does a great job of explaining the role of the MeCP2 gene. It’s an hour long, but it is well worth watching.
Dr. Huda Zoghbi: The Strength of Families: Solving Rett Syndrome