Tag: CNTNAP2

March 2017
News

‘Triple-hit’ study may help explain autism’s male bias

by  /  20 March 2017

The absence of an autism-linked gene, combined with exposure to a mock infection, produces social deficits in mice — but only in males.

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illustration of person with autism struggling with addiction
Features / Deep Dive

Autism’s hidden habit

by  /  1 March 2017

Conventional wisdom holds that people with autism don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs, but new evidence suggests otherwise.

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November 2016
News

Loss of autism protein stalls song learning in birds

by  /  15 November 2016

A gene linked to autism and language may be necessary for songbirds’ repertoire.

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Autism mice have unusually symmetrical brains

by  /  12 November 2016

Mice that carry mutations linked to autism are less likely than controls to show size differences between right and left brain regions.

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January 2016
News

Hyperactive fish point to new drug treatments for autism

by  /  29 January 2016

A drug that mimics estrogen eases hyperactivity in zebrafish lacking the autism-linked gene CNTNAP2. The results highlight the potential of the tiny fish for screening autism treatments.

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November 2015
News

Newly named player in gene expression may be key in autism

by  /  23 November 2015

A chemical tag on DNA that has risen to prominence only in the past few years is altered in people with autism, suggest results from an autism mouse model.

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Maternal immune molecule triggers autism symptoms in male mice

by  /  7 November 2015

Rare antibodies taken from the blood of women who have a child with autism cause brain structure changes and autism-like symptoms in male mice.

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October 2015
News

Three autism mouse models marked by defects in same circuit

by  /  22 October 2015

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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Female hormone gives male finches keen ear for song

by  /  21 October 2015

An infusion of estrogen increases activity in the brains of male zebra finches when they hear their own or others’ songs.

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Mouse project aims to tackle autism’s genetic diversity

by  /  21 October 2015

Tracking dozens of autism-related behaviors in nearly 200 strains of mice, researchers are linking the behaviors to specific genetic regions.

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