Rett Syndrome

Authors: D. Záhoráková;  P. Martásek
Authors‘ workplace: Klinika dětského a dorostového lékařství 1. LF UK a VFN v Praze
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2009; 72/105(6): 525-533
Category: Review Article


Rett syndrome (RTT) is a severe X‑linked neurodevelopmental disorder affecting almost exclusively girls. It belongs to the family of autistic spectrum disorders, and it is characterized by psychomotor regression, loss of acquired speech, microcephaly, repetitive stereotypic hand movements, and seizures. Most of RTT cases are caused by de novo mutations in the gene for the methyl‑ CpG‑binding protein 2 (MECP2), and familial cases are extremely rare. The MECP2 gene product plays an important role in chromatin remodeling, regulation of gene expression and is also involved in RNA splicing. Some atypical RTT cases are caused by mutations in other genes, such as CDKL5, FOXG1 or NTNG1. In this paper we give an overview of RTT, its clinical aspects, molecular basis, diagnostic criteria, medical management and DNA diagnosis.

Key words:
Rett syndrome – mental retardation – MECP2 gene – CDKL5 gene – FOXG1 gene – NTNG1 gene


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