Autism, Other Disorders Linked to Post-Natal Factors: Study

Post-natal factors

Post-natal factors

Autism and obsessive-compulsive disorders may be linked to factors other than genetics, despite widely held beliefs otherwise, according to a study published Wednesday in the American journal Neuron. When researchers removed the protein FKBP12, found in both humans and mice, from studied mice, the animals demonstrated major neurological and behavioral changes. FKBP12 is known to regulate the activity of mTOR, an enzyme that affects the ability to change behavior and regulates connections between neurons, thus playing a key role in learning and memorization.

Continue reading “Autism, Other Disorders Linked to Post-Natal Factors: Study”>>

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s