Updated: 02/19/2014 19:21

A*STAR study sheds light on memory difficulties in individuals with Down's syndrome



A*STAR study sheds light on memory difficulties in individuals with Down's syndrome

A recent study conducted by A*STAR's Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) has shed light on why individuals with Down's syndrome encounter memory and learning difficulties. 

This is due to a lack of protein called SNX27. 

An earlier study by an international team of scientists had shown that memory could be restored when the protein was re-introduced into the brain. 

But the protein's role in the pathway leading to memory impairment remained unclear. 

A*STAR says the discovery could potentially help in future research on Down's syndrome to improve memory and learning abilities or even become applicable to other similar human conditions. 

About one in eight hundred new-borns is diagnosed with Down's syndrome. 

It is a condition that leads to impairments in both cognitive ability and physical growth that range from mild to moderate developmental disabilities. 

There is still no treatment for it.

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