Understanding the interactions between the placenta and the uterine lining could explain how maternal immune activation leads to autism.
A cell atlas and a cell-culture method promise to advance scientists’ understanding of the placenta and its effects on a fetus.
Children who contract serious infections may have an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with autism.
The largest genetic analysis of postmortem brain tissue to date has yielded maps of when and where genes related to autism are turned on and off throughout life.
A protective molecular tag on neurons can prevent microglia, the brain’s immune cells, from trimming away their connections with other neurons.
Triggering an immune defense in newborn male mice missing a copy of TSC2, a gene linked to autism, impairs the mice’s social memory.
Chronic exposure to inflammation in the womb alters autism gene expression and disrupts social behavior in male mice, but not females.