Researchers have discovered that a molecule critical to the development and plasticity of nerve cells — brain-derived neurotrophic factor — is severely lacking in brainstem neurons in mutations leading to Rett syndrome, a neurological developmental disorder. The finding has implications for the treatment of neurological disorders, including Rett syndrome that affects one in 10,000 baby girls.
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