Tag: CNTNAP2

December 2018
Siblings, a baby and a toddler, play together at home.
Features / Deep Dive

How pregnancy may shape a child’s autism

by  /  5 December 2018

Autism is predominantly genetic in origin, but a growing list of prenatal exposures for mother and baby may sway the odds.

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November 2018
Delicate network of neurons and synapses.
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Webbing around neurons altered in autism mouse models

by  /  8 November 2018

Lattice-like structures that surround neurons may be overly abundant — or scarce — in brain regions of three autism mouse models.

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October 2018
Illustration of human brain in brackets suggesting circuit alterations that is associated with certain genetic mutations.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Brain scans of sleeping mice hint at subtypes of autism

by  /  9 October 2018

Mapping the effects of autism mutations on mouse brain circuits may reveal subtypes of the condition in people.

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May 2018
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Monkey study bolsters case for brain hormone’s role in autism

by  /  29 May 2018

Male monkeys that avoid touching, grooming or playing with others have low brain levels of the hormone vasopressin.

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April 2018
CASPR2 antibodies (green) bind to sensory neurons that send signals to the spinal cord (right) but not to neurons in the spinal cord (left).
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Loss of autism gene makes mice sensitive to pain

by  /  9 April 2018

Mice lacking CNTNAP2, a gene strongly linked to autism, are acutely sensitive to pain.

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March 2018
Mouse in a lab or maze hops around sniffing here and there
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Why studying autism in mice may be doomed to fail

by  /  21 March 2018

After more than a decade of effort, scientists are questioning whether mouse models of autism can ever capture the social deficits seen in people with the condition.

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November 2017
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Electronic glow may disrupt sleep for people on the spectrum

by  /  13 November 2017

Exposure to certain types of light at night may exacerbate sleep issues among people with autism.

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mouse with a sensor connected to brain
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Three autism mouse models marked by defects in same circuit

by  /  8 November 2017

Problems with social interactions stem from faulty wiring of a single circuit spanning distant brain regions, results from three mouse models of autism suggest.

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August 2017
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Flash of light shifts social behavior in autism mice

by  /  2 August 2017

Turning on a set of neurons that dampen brain activity improves social behavior in a mouse model of autism; turning off neurons that excite brain activity does the same thing.

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July 2017
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Dim light casts shadow on mouse sleep, behavior

by  /  28 July 2017

Exposure to a dim light at night disrupts sleep and worsens repetitive behaviors and social difficulties in a mouse model of autism.

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