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Molecular Mechanisms: Rett Changes Gene Expression in Glia

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March 26, 2013- "Molecular Mechanisms: Rett Changes Gene Expression in Glia"- MeCP2, a regulator of gene expression that is mutated in Rett syndrome, may regulate a different set of genes in brain cells called astrocytes than in neurons, according to a recently published study.  Astrocytes support neurons and stabilize the junctions between them. Studies in the past few years have shown that astrocytes and other glia also contribute to important brain functions, such as learning and memory.