Protein Malfunctions Linked to Autism
[Source: ScienceDaily.com and Time Magazine]
— A clue to the causes of autism and mental retardation lies in the synapse, the tiny intercellular junction that rapidly transfers information from one neuron to the next. According to neuroscientists at Tufts University School of Medicine, with students from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts, a protein called APC (adenomatous polyposis coli) plays a key role in synapse maturation, and APC dysfunction prevents the synapse function required for typical learning and memory.
The findings are published in the August 18 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.
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