Autism May Be Linked to Abnormal Immune System Characteristics and Novel Protein Fragment
[Source: Science Daily]
Immune system abnormalities that mimic those seen with autism spectrum disorders have been linked to the amyloid precursor protein (APP), reports a research team from the University of South Florida’s Department of Psychiatry and the Silver Child Development Center.
The study, conducted with mouse models of autism, suggests that elevated levels of an APP fragment circulating in the blood could explain the aberrations in immune cell populations and function — both observed in some autism patients. The findings were recently published online in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
The USF researchers concluded that the protein fragment might be both a biomarker for autism and a new research target for understanding the physiology of the disorder.
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