ERIC Number: EJ777422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Brief Review of Current Research in FXS: Implications for Treatment with Psychotropic Medication
Valdovinos, Maria G.
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v28 n6 p539-545 Nov-Dec 2007
The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief review of current research in fragile X syndrome (FXS) with regards to the morphology and behavioral phenotype associated with FXS and the use of psychotropic medication for the treatment of behavior problems (e.g., aggression) often seen in FXS (full mutation). The lack of production of the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) is associated with FXS and has been found to result in various neuronal changes such as altered dendritic morphology and function as well as altered neurotransmitter functions. A review of the basic literature on animal models and the relevance of these findings for the use of psychotropic treatment of problem behaviors in FXS will be discussed. Future research directions will be presented.
Descriptors: Genetics, Behavior Problems, Drug Therapy, Behavior Modification, Aggression, Mental Retardation, Brain, Neurological Impairments, Animals
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