FRAXA Research Grant to Lynne Regan, PhD — Yale University

Lynne Regan, PhD, at Yale University, FRAXA research grantFRAXA Awards:

$33,000 in 2002
$35,000 in 2001


Structure of FMRP

Dr. Lynne Regan is an expert in the 3-dimensional structure of proteins.  This kind of research is fundamental to understanding how proteins function and how mutations in particular parts of a protein can altar its function.

In the case of FMRP, the Fragile X protein, there are several functional domains.  It appears that each functional domain does something different, which may explain why FMRP appears to have several different functions in the brain.  It is critical to understand these various functions if we hope to compensate for the loss of FMRP.  Dr. Regan has studied several of the sections of FMRP which bind to other proteins and mRNAs.

Publication: Valverde R, Pozdnyakova I, Kajander T,Venkatraman J, Regan L. 2007 Fragile X Mental Retardation Syndrome: Structure of the KH1-KH2 Domains of Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein, Structure, 15:1090-1098. PDF

Regan lab website at Yale