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The role of the Rett gene, chromosome 15q11-q13, other genes, and epigenetics  

The researchers hypothesize that more patients dianosed with autism spectrum disorders have mutations or epimutations involving MECP2, genes within chromosome 15q11-q13, and the loci causing fragile X syndrome and tuberous sclerosis than is currently recognized. They also hypothesize that genes that interact with MECP2 and UBE3A are candidate genes for mutation or epimutation causing autism. Careful studies of autism patients for changes in these loci have already led to additional insights into autism, especially for MECP2 and 15q11-q13. The study includes in-depth genotype/phenotype and epigenotype/phenotype correlations in autistic patients with known abnormalities in these genes and regions with the goal of achieving further insights into more common forms of autism. In addition, the study will anlayze typical autism patients for novel forms of mutationor epimutation involving MECP2, genes within 15q11-q13, or other genes.


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $19,631.00
Project Number M01RR000188-44
Principal Investigator Beaudet, Arthur
Strategic Plan Question Question 3: What Caused This To Happen And Can This Be Prevented? (Risk Factors)
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 3.8 Identify genetic risk factors in at least 50% of people with ASD by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $33,900,000 over 6 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Baylor College of Medicine
State/Country Texas
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History/Related Projects The role of the Rett gene, chromosome 15q11-q13, other genes, and epigenetics | $13,734.00 | 2010 | 5M01RR000188-46