Trinucleotide Repeats

Trinucleotide repeat disorders are a group of genetic conditions caused by the repeated expansion of three nucleotides in specific genes. These disorders affect the nervous system and can cause a wide range of neurological symptoms. Examples of trinucleotide repeat disorders include Huntington's disease, fragile X syndrome, and myotonic dystrophy. The severity of symptoms can vary widely, even among individuals with the same disorder. Research into trinucleotide repeat disorders is ongoing, with a focus on understanding the underlying genetic mechanisms and developing new treatments. Therapies may include medications aimed at managing symptoms, genetic counseling, and gene therapy to alter the gene responsible for the condition. In addition to clinical research, studies are also being conducted to better understand genetic testing and counseling for individuals and families affected by these disorders. Early diagnosis and treatment can lead to better outcomes and quality of life for individuals with trinucleotide repeat disorders. Overall, ongoing neurological research and therapy targeting trinucleotide repeat disorders offer hope for improved understanding of these conditions and the development of effective treatments.

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Editor-in-chief: Zheng Jiang, Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Publication Type: Open Access Journal
Description: The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system. Together they control all the workings of the body. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood.