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Research Article Summaries

Below, we have summarized research articles about changes in the REST gene. We hope you find this information helpful.

The information available about REST is limited, and families and doctors share a critical need for more information. As we learn more from children who have a change in this gene, we expect this list of resources and information to grow.

Lu et al. (2014) found that the REST gene plays an important role in maintaining healthy neurons. The product of the gene functions to protect the brain from different processes related to aging (ie: oxidative stress).

This gene also interacts with the DYRK1A gene, which has been identified in several children with features of autism.


Research Opportunities

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