Some individuals who have autism mutations show no signs of the condition; understanding why may lead to treatments.
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Male mice with a genetic variant tied to autism may have learning difficulties that females with the variant do not.
Researchers have used transcranial magnetic stimulation to show that people with fragile X syndrome have weak ‘inhibitory’ signals, those that dampen neuronal activity in the brain.
Some genes linked to autism regulate the production of proteins at neuronal junctions, suggesting that disrupted protein synthesis contributes to the condition.
RNA segments that control when and where genes are expressed may be involved in autism.
Autism researchers’ top priority should be shifting their focus to finding treatments for severe forms of the condition.
Pups born to pregnant mice infected with a mock virus are known to show changes in their immune system. These effects may in turn impair proper brain signaling, according to results presented Saturday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.
Children with autism may have increased blood levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein that spurs the formation of neuronal connections.