Mice that express a fluorescent synaptic receptor reveal the interactions between neurons in unprecedented detail.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Tag: synaptic plasticity
These short reports from Spectrum journalists highlight some of the autism-related findings that caught our attention at the meeting this past week.
Even partial loss of the gene impairs the mouse brain’s ability to respond to sensory experiences, which may explain why people with SYNGAP1 mutations tend to have learning difficulties and a high pain tolerance.
Jolting a bundle of nerve fibers deep in the brain restores learning and memory in mice with mutations of the autism-linked gene CDKL5.
Mounting evidence suggests that autism often involves upsets in homeostatic plasticity, a set of processes neurons use to stabilize their activity. These disruptions result from a range of autism-linked mutations and may help to explain the condition’s famed heterogeneity.
Spectrum spoke with three Black scientists about why they got into autism research, what keeps them excited about their work and how the field could become more diverse.
A new atlas lays bare how synapses, or the junctions between neurons, change from birth to old age in mice.
Una remota ciudad colombiana es el hogar del grupo más grande de personas con síndrome de X frágil. Los científicos están aprendiendo de ellos y tratando de ayudar.