Latest CNTNAP2 Stories

2011-10-03 05:48:31

By Alicia Rose DelGallo, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Mice with a single defective gene are showing striking parallels to humans with autism. According to a study published in the September 30th issue of Cell, a Cell Press publication, the mouse model offers several promising discoveries. The study involved developing mice lacking CNTNAP2, a rare variant of the gene that has been shown to cause a form of autism known as cortical dysplasia-focal epilepsy syndrome...

2011-09-29 22:51:52

Mice with a defective version of a single gene show behaviors and symptoms that are remarkably similar to characteristics observed in humans with autism spectrum disorders. The animals also respond similarly to an FDA-approved drug used to treat repetitive behaviors in people with autism. According to researchers who report their findings in the September 30th issue of Cell, a Cell Press publication, the mouse model offers a window into the biological mechanisms that underlie the disease...

2010-11-04 01:52:55

Finding could suggest therapies for rebalancing the brain's circuitry in early development Many gene variants have been linked to autism, but how do these subtle changes alter the brain, and ultimately, behavior? Using a blend of brain imaging and genetic detective work, scientists at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior are the first to illustrate how genetic variants rewire the brain. Published in the Nov. 3 online edition of Science...

2008-12-01 08:55:00

New research suggests different types of language disorders may be genetically linked. Variations of a gene called FOXP2 have been shown in previous research to cause a rare speech and language disorder, and mutations that affect the gene are associated with difficulties in learning and speaking. A new study shows a gene targeted by FOXP2 is associated with language impairment caused by several different disorders. Researchers evaluated the speaking ability of families with a certain type of...

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