Study: Researchers Uncover Link Between Protein Synthesis and Autism

A new study conducted by researchers from McGill University and the University of Montreal have uncovered a link between protein synthesis and autism spectrum disorders.

Brain - Autism Research“Regulation of protein synthesis, also termed mRNA translation, is the process by which cells manufacture proteins. This mechanism is involved in all aspects of cell and organism function. A new study in mice has found that abnormally high synthesis of a group of neuronal proteins called neuroligins results in symptoms similar to those diagnosed in ASD. The study also reveals that autism-like behaviors can be rectified in adult mice with compounds inhibiting protein synthesis, or with gene-therapy targeting neuroligins. Their results are published in the journal Nature.”

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