TH17-INDUCING GUT BACTERIA CAN PROMOTE AUTISM-LIKE BEHAVIOR IN MOUSE PUPS

Posted by: | November 3, 2017 | Comments

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On September 13, 2017 researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts Medical School simultaneously published papers in Nature on the same intriguing topic: a link between autism and infection during pregnancy.

Previous epidemiological studies have shown an association between hospitalization during pregnancy due to severe infection and the risk of autism in the offspring. In the two new papers, the researchers took advantage of mouse models to demonstrate that bacteria in the mother’s gut can influence whether maternal infection leads to autistic-like behaviors in the pups and furthermore linked the altered behavior to changes in specific brain regions.

Read at: Taconic Biosciences






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