Inflammation and Autism—an Important Piece of the Puzzle
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Autism spectrum disorder has neither a distinct pathogenesis nor pharmaceutical treatment, yet evidence continues to mount demonstrating immune dysfunction and inflammation in specific brain regions of children diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental condition.
A collaborative group of researchers in Boston and Italy has discovered that pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines apparently play roles in autism spectrum disorder, ASD. The team was able to prove a cascade of cytokines is associated with autism by studying the post-mortem brain tissue of eight children who had been diagnosed with ASD prior to death.
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