Fragile X Syndrome
National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
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Synonyms Back to top
- fragile site, folic acid type, rare, Fra(X)(Q27.3)
- fragile X mental retardation protein, FMRP
- fragile X mental retardation syndrome
- marker X syndrome
- Martin-Bell syndrome
- mental retardation, X-linked, associated with Mar Xq28
- X-linked mental retardation and macroorchidism
Disorder Subdivisions Back to top
General Discussion Back to top
Fragile X syndrome is characterized by moderate intellectual disability in affected males and mild intellectual disability in affected females. Distinctive physical features are sometimes present in affected males including a large head, long face, prominent forehead and chin, protruding ears, loose joints and large testes, but these features develop over time and may not be obvious until puberty. Motor and language delays are usually present but also become more apparent over time. Behavioral abnormalities including autistic behaviors are common.
Fragile X syndrome is caused by an abnormality (mutation) in the FMR1 gene. Affected individuals have an increased number of copies of a portion of the gene called CGG repeats. The greater the number of copies of CGG, the more likely there will be increased severity of the disorder. Fragile X syndrome occurs more often in males and results in more severe disease in males.
Mutations in the FMR1 gene are associated with two other conditions in addition to the fragile X syndrome (FXTAS and POI) and these conditions have been termed FMR1-Related Disorders. (See the Related Disorders section of this report for brief summaries of the other disorders.)
Resources Back to top
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20036
FRAXA Research Foundation
45 Pleasant Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
National Fragile X Foundation
1615 Bonanza St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
NIH/National Institute on Aging
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
31 Center Dr
Building 31, Room 2A32
Bethesda, MD 20892
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
New Horizons Un-Limited, Inc.
811 East Wisconsin Ave
P.O. Box 510034
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Let Them Hear Foundation
1900 University Avenue, Suite 101
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Fragile X Society
Road End House
6 Stortford Road
Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1DA
Tel: 00 44 (0) 1371 875100
Fax: 00 44 (0) 1371 859915
Medical Home Portal
Dept. of Pediatrics
University of Utah
P.O. Box 581289
Salt Lake City, UT 84158
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Last Updated: 8/25/2010
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