Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 10, pp 2484–2490 | Cite as

Brief Report: Regression Timing and Associated Features in MECP2 Duplication Syndrome

  • S. U. Peters
  • R. J. Hundley
  • A. K. Wilson
  • C. M. B. Carvalho
  • J. R. Lupski
  • M. B. Ramocki
Brief Report


The aim of this study was to determine the frequency, timing, and associated features of developmental regression in MECP2 duplication syndrome. We also examined whether duplication size was associated with regression. Comprehensive psychological evaluations were used to assess 17 boys with MECP2 duplication syndrome. Information about regression was gathered via parent report. Eight of 17 boys exhibited regression in language skills, while seven of 17 exhibited regression in other skill areas. Regression in “other skill” areas coincided with seizure onset and with a prior autism diagnosis in six of seven participants. Regression was not associated with duplication size. Questions remain as to why some boys regress, and future work is necessary to understand the underlying mechanism(s) that causes regression.


Regression MECP2 Seizures 



Funding for this project has been provided by a Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Hobbs Discovery Grant (to SUP), by 5P30HD015052-30 (to Elisabeth Dykens PI), and by NINDS grant 5K08NS062711 (to M.B.R.). We also wish to thank the individuals and families who so graciously participated in this study as part of the first conference on MECP2 duplication syndrome.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. U. Peters
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. J. Hundley
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. K. Wilson
    • 2
  • C. M. B. Carvalho
    • 3
  • J. R. Lupski
    • 3
  • M. B. Ramocki
    • 4
  1. 1.Departments of Pediatrics and PsychiatryVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human DevelopmentNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Molecular and Human GeneticsBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Neurology and Developmental NeuroscienceBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA

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