Excessive Protein Synthesis Linked To Autistic-Like Behaviors
[Source: Medical News Today]
Autistic-like behaviors can be partially remedied by normalizing excessive levels of protein synthesis in the brain, a team of researchers has found in a study of laboratory mice. The findings, which appear in the latest issue of Nature, provide a pathway to the creation of pharmaceuticals aimed at treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that are associated with diminished social interaction skills, impaired communication ability, and repetitive behaviors.
“The creation of a drug to address ASD will be difficult, but these findings offer a potential route to get there,” said Eric Klann, a professor at NYU’s Center for Neural Science and the study’s senior author. “We have not only confirmed a common link for several such disorders, but also have raised the exciting possibility that the behavioral afflictions of those individuals with ASD can be addressed.”
The study’s other co-authors included researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and three French institutions: Aix-Marseille Universite’; Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM); and Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
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