CNS critical periods: Implications for dystonia and other neurodevelopmental disorders

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Abstract

Critical periods are discrete developmental stages when the nervous system is especially sensitive to stimuli that facilitate circuit maturation. The distinctive landscapes assumed by the developing CNS create analogous periods of susceptibility to pathogenic insults and responsiveness to therapy. Here, we review critical periods in nervous system development and disease, with an emphasis on the neurodevelopmental disorder DYT1 dystonia. We highlight clinical and laboratory observations supporting the existence of a critical period during which the DYT1 mutation is uniquely harmful, and the implications for future therapeutic development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere142483
JournalJCI Insight
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 22 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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