Fragile X syndrome, also termed Martin-Bell syndrome or marker X syndrome, is the most common cause of inherited mental retardation. Fragile X syndrome has been found in all major ethnic groups and races, and is caused by an abnormality (mutation) in the FMR1 gene. FMR1 is a gene located . Fragile X syndrome is caused by the expansion or lengthening of the FMR1 gene on the X chromosome, known as a gene mutation. The X chromosome is one.

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Due to a higher prevalence of FXS in boys, the most commonly used medications are stimulants that target hyperactivity, impulsivity, and attentional problems. Turning up translation in fragile X syndrome. Children with FXS may repeat a certain ordinary activity over and over. Daughters born to male carriers will inherit their fathers affected X chromosome and they will also be carriers.

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It is common to find these carriers mis-diagnosed as having Parkinsons disease, senile dementia or Alzheimers disease. Ophthalmologic problems include strabismus.

Speech may be cluttered or nervous. A review stated that life expectancy for FXS was 12 years lower than the general population and that the causes of death were similar to those found for the general population. The Fragile X mutation often increases when passed from mother to child and down through the generations of a family.

The syndrome became known as the fragile X syndrome because some individuals with the disorder were found to have a segment of their X chromosome that appeared to be broken or fragile although not completely disconnected. A problem with a specific gene causes the disease. Occasionally, in some individuals with repeats there will be some minor instability such that these individuals will have several more or less repeats than their parents.


Normally, the X chromosome contains between 6 and 50 repeats of a gene the FMR1 gene responsible for producing a protein vital for normal brain development. If they inherit the affected gene they will either be a carrier or have full mutation Fragile X.

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Fragile X syndrome has traditionally been considered an X-linked dominant condition with variable expressivity and possibly reduced penetrance. About Us Contact Us Newsletters. Hundreds of FRAXA researchers are in their labs now testing, exploring — all seeking to accelerate progress. Diseases of unstable repeat expansion: Archived from the original on Protein folding Alzheimer’s disease Huntington’s disease Creutzfeldt—Jakob disease chaperonins: Drugs of the Future. Hunter syndrome Purine—pyrimidine metabolism: These clinics specialize in treatments, therapies, and support for individuals with fragile X syndrome and can guide parents to medication options to address specific symptoms.

Having an intermediate number of CGG frajik is still considered as being in the normal range of repeat number. Archived from the original on 10 May Some current clinical trials also are posted on the following page on the NORD website: Fragile X syndrome Orphanet: Handbook of neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders in children.

C X syndrome is characterized by moderate intellectual disability in affected males and mild intellectual disability in affected females. Watch the digital animation below for a pictorial view of how the genetics of Fragile X work.

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Since the s, more sensitive molecular techniques have been used to determine carrier status. Fragile X syndrome has been found in all major ethnic groups and races. Fragile X syndrome is inherited in an X-linked dominant pattern.


Fragile X Syndrome

The development of animal models for fragile X syndrome studies over the last two decades resulted in great anticipation that effective drug treatments could be discovered. Initial signs of the disorder may include difficulty writing, using utensils, pouring and walking.

Genet Med Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. It is thought that all women with Fragile X premutation status have some decrease in ovarian function. Fragile X syndrome occurs more often in males and results in more severe disorder in males. About Us Contact Us Newsletters. Fragile X may cause intellectual disability, learning and behavioral challenges, and — sometimes — seizures.

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These symptoms can include a large head, long face, prominent forehead and chin, crajil ears, loose joints and large testes. However many women with the Fragile X premutation are able to conceive and family planning options are recommended. Fragile X syndrome is a genetic disorder which occurs as a result of a mutation of the fragile X mental retardation 1 FMR1 gene on the X chromosomemost commonly an increase in the number of CGG trinucleotide repeats in the 5′ untranslated region of FMR1.

Current pharmacological treatment centers on managing problem behaviors and psychiatric symptoms associated with FXS.

Expanded CGG-repeat alleles of the fragile X gene”.