Rett syndrome and aging

Joav Merrick, Joav Merrick, Meir Lotan, Meir Lotan, Meir Lotan, Mohammed Morad, Mohammed Morad, Isack Kandle

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Rett syndrome (RS) is a neurological disease characterized by an arrest of brain development caused by an X chromosome mutation affecting mainly females. Rett syndrome is the first human disease found to be caused by defects in a protein involved in regulating gene expression through its interaction with methylated DNA. The disease has been traced to a defective gene called MECP2 on the X chromosome. This review of aging with RS revealed very few studies, but the published case stories showed that females with RS can live even to age 79 years, but larger studies are needed to bring more light into the natural and long-term consequences of this syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-26
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Israel
  • Rett syndrome
  • long-term care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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