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"""Investigating autophagy enhancement as a therapeutic approach for the treatment of Rett syndrome."""

Project description

Modulated autophagy as RTT therapeutic strategy

Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects girls almost exclusively and is frequently classified within the autism spectrum. Caused by mutations in related severe neonatal encephalopathy (MECP2), it can lead to severe intellectual disability (ID) in about 1 out 10 000 girls worldwide. A link between autophagy (a self-degradative process crucial for balancing sources of energy) and RTT has been recently suggested, as promising for re-activation of Mecp2 gene to revert the majority of RTT symptoms. The EU-funded RTTOPHAGY project will develop cellular and animal models RTT enabling the identification of the molecular defects responsible for altered autophagy in RTT. This will allow designing a treatment for RTT and other neurodevelopmental defects.


Net EU contribution
€ 171 473,28
Via Olgettina 60
20132 Milano

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Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 171 473,28