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Discs-large-related 3 (DLG3), a member of the membrane-associated guanylate kinases (MAGUKs) protein family, playing an important role in regulating NMDA signal pathway and contributing to synaptic plasticity, may have an influence on the susceptibility of non-syndromic mental retardation (NSMR). To investigate the possible genetic contribution of DLG3 gene(More)
OBJECTIVE Neuroligin-4 is essential for proper brain function. Some studies indicate a close relationship between neuroligin-4 and several human psychiatric conditions. METHODS The case-control method was used to study the association between nonspecific mental retardation (NSMR) and genetic variants of neuroligin-4 gene (NLGN4). Five single nucleotide(More)
Non-syndromic intellectual disability (NSID) is mental retardation in persons of normal physical appearance who have no recognisable features apart from obvious deficits in intellectual functioning and adaptive ability; however, its genetic etiology of most patients has remained unknown. The main purpose of this study was to fine map and identify specific(More)
Dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4) is activated by the neurotransmitter dopamine and links to many neurological and psychiatric conditions because of its close relationship with prefrontal cortex and other important brain regions. To explore the possibility that genetic variants of DRD4 gene predispose to children with mental retardation (MR), five target SNPs of(More)
Mental retardation (MR) is a common form of cognitive impairment among children. The underlying causes of mental retardation are extremely heterogeneous and include significant genetic factors. Long chain fatty acid-CoA ligase 4 is the first gene shown to be involved in mental retardation and fatty-acid metabolism. FACL4 gene mutations in three Italian MR(More)
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