Tag: excitatory signaling

April 2018
Opinion / Q&A

Autism genes assign starring role to support cells in brain

by  /  24 April 2018

Genes linked to autism are critical to the development of star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes, suggesting a key role for the cells in the condition.

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March 2018
closeup of a mouse eye
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Gene on chromosome 16 may be valuable player in autism

by  /  29 March 2018

Deleting one copy of a gene called MVP impairs the brain's ability to adapt to changes in the environment.

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February 2018
colorful hands marking a path
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Twist on gene-editing tool may speed studies of gene function

by  /  21 February 2018

Researchers have repurposed the gene-editing tool CRISPR to dial down a gene’s activity in select subtypes of neurons in mice.

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January 2018
Mice lacking one copy of MEF2C have fewer neurons (red and green, right) in the hippocampus than controls do (left).
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Modified Alzheimer’s drug may treat some forms of autism

by  /  18 January 2018

A fusion of two existing drugs alleviates autism-like features in a mouse model of the condition.

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Anxiety drug reverses problems in mice with autism mutation

by  /  4 January 2018

A widely used treatment for anxiety can eliminate some of the cognitive and social problems seen in mice missing a copy of ARID1B, a gene associated with autism.

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November 2017
magnetic stimulation of human brain
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Magnetic stimulation bares imbalance of activity in fragile X brains

by  /  14 November 2017

Researchers have used transcranial magnetic stimulation to show that people with fragile X syndrome have weak ‘inhibitory’ signals, those that dampen neuronal activity in the brain.

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Fragile X behaviors may stem from gene’s loss in specific cells

by  /  13 November 2017

Deleting FMR1, the gene mutated in fragile X syndrome, in subsets of mouse neurons leads to distinct features of the condition.

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Mice that lack UBE3A only in their inhibitory neurons are particularly susceptible to seizures.
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Gene therapy technique prevents seizures in Angelman mice

by  /  12 November 2017

Introducing the gene UBE3A into neurons that dampen brain activity prevents seizures in a mouse model of Angelman syndrome.

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October 2017
Microscope image of neuronal injections in brain.
News

Two drugs ease features of autism syndromes in mice

by  /  11 October 2017

Drugs that block certain brain enzymes could help treat two conditions associated with autism.

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Week of OctoberOct
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2017
News / Spotted

Cannabis candidate; omega add-on; oxytocin control and more

by  /  6 October 2017

A cannabis gel may ease features of fragile X syndrome, omega fatty acids show promise for autism in two trials, and oxytocin reinforces social behaviors through the brain’s reward pathway.

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