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"""Investigating autophagy enhancement as a therapeutic approach for the treatment of Rett syndrome."""

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Project "RTTOPHAGY" data sheet

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Organization address
address: VIA OLGETTINA 60
city: MILANO
postcode: 20132

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 171˙473 €
 EC max contribution 171˙473 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-SE
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-06-03   to  2021-06-16


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    OSPEDALE SAN RAFFAELE SRL IT (MILANO) coordinator 171˙473.00


 Project objective

Intellectual disability (ID) is a generalized neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in mental abilities, social and motor skills. ID affects about 2-3% of the general population and it is mostly caused by a genetic lesion. Accordingly, mutations in the X-linked MECP2 cause Rett syndrome (RTT), a devastating neurological disorder that, because of its incidence (1:10000), represents the most common form of severe ID in girls worldwide with no approved cure. RTT profoundly affect the lives of affected individuals and their families and represent a considerable burden for health care providers across Europe. While the molecular pathways causing RTT remain mainly unknown, it is recognized that they ultimately lead to prominent alterations of synaptic transmission and neuronal activity. Autophagy is a catabolic process that sequesters aberrant organelles and macromolecules into autophagosomes and delivers it to lysosomes for degradation. Autophagy participates in a variety of events in neuronal cells including synaptic growth and neuronal activity, however, its possible involvement in neurodevelopmental disorders is still mainly neglected. In accordance with a recent study applied to human samples, my preliminary data suggest that autophagy is altered in RTT. By using cellular models of the disease, this project aim at characterize the therapeutic potential of restoring the autophagy pathway in RTT. (i) I will dissect the defective autophagy signaling cascade; (ii) identify target molecules that restore the neuronal dysfunction and synapses transmission; (iii) provide therapeutic targets to treat RTT and other nerudevepmental disorders with impaired autophagy function. My results have the potential to be translated into therapeutics. This research will contribute to provide new clinical targets against RTT. The Experienced Researcher will emerge from the project with new skills, and the capability to lead her own research group.

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