Tag: mitochondria

May 2017
Opinion / Viewpoint

New tools strengthen old link between autism, mitochondria

by  /  30 May 2017

Variants of some mitochondrial genes may contribute to autism — in some cases, by teaming up with genes in the nucleus.

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News

Smoking during pregnancy may up autism risk in grandchildren

by  /  29 May 2017

A woman who smokes while pregnant may increase autism risk in her daughter’s children.

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December 2016
News

Mutations in mitochondria genes may raise autism risk

by  /  22 December 2016

Some children with autism carry harmful mutations in the DNA found in mitochondria, the cell’s energy producers.

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November 2014
News

Mystery gene uncovered in autism studies may steer neurons

by  /  26 November 2014

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September 2014
News / Toolbox

Method organizes mitochondrial DNA sequences

by  /  3 September 2014

Researchers have put together a set of strategies and computer programs to identify mutations in mitochondrial DNA that contribute to disorders such as autism.

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August 2014
Opinion / Cross Talk

Can a drug for a parasitic disease really treat autism?

by  /  6 August 2014

Reports of a century-old drug that reverses autism-like symptoms in mice raise key questions about the complexity of translating promising research into real treatments.

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June 2014
News

Drug for sleeping sickness eases autism symptoms in mice

by  /  23 June 2014

A single dose of a drug used to treat African sleeping sickness temporarily improves symptoms of autism in a mouse model, according to a study published last week in Translational Psychiatry.

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December 2013
News

Molecular mechanisms: Rett gene boosts protein production

by  /  3 December 2013

MeCP2, the protein mutated in Rett syndrome, is normally responsible for boosting the expression of a large number of genes. This finding, published 3 October in Cell Stem Cell, may explain why growth factors that promote protein production are able to reverse features of the syndrome in mice.

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April 2013
News

Drug linked to mitochondria treats mouse model of autism

by  /  15 April 2013

A century-old drug created to treat African sleeping sickness reverses several autism-like features in a mouse model of the disorder, according to a study published 13 March in PLoS ONE.

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January 2013
News / Toolbox

Fluorescent fish help track mitochondrial motion

by  /  16 January 2013

Fish engineered to express fluorescent proteins allow researchers to follow the paths of migrating mitochondria, the cell’s energy producers, according to a study published 14 November in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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