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Children on the autistic spectrum have extra synapses in their brains

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Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2014 12:03 AM by AlexMuller

Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain “pruning” process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).

 
Because synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the excessive synapses may have profound effects on how the brain functions. The study was published in the August 21 online issue of the journal Neuron.
 
A drug that restores normal synaptic pruning can improve autistic-like behaviors in mice, the researchers found, even when the drug is given after the behaviors have appeared. “This is an important finding that could lead to a novel and much-needed therapeutic strategy for autism,” said Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at CUMC and director of New York State Psychiatric Institute, who was not involved in the study.
 
Although the drug, rapamycin, has side effects that may preclude its use in people with autism, “the fact that we can see changes in behavior suggests that autism may still be treatable after a child is diagnosed, if we can find a better drug,” said the study’s senior investigator, David Sulzer, PhD, professor of neurobiology in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pharmacology at CUMC.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-27
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This is probably the most hopeful finding in his field for years! However, caution. Autism is a big spectrum of related and overlapping symptoms and the question is which of those their animal model is modelling - and further, humans could be quite different in this respect anyway
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Posted: 2014-08-27
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Autors discuss this heterogeneity and find their approach useful: “The current view is that autism is heterogeneous, with potentially hundreds of genes that can contribute. That’s a very wide spectrum, so the goal now is to understand how those hundreds of genes cluster together into a smaller number of pathways; that will give us better clues to potential treatments” Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-27
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Not everyone agrees with this approach. This idea of artificially inducing the autophageal process on synapse-rich autistic brains in an effort to make them “normal” could turn out to be no more than a biotechnic for “dumbing down” the natural potential gifts that autistic brains may be capable of realising. And this potential should recognised and preserved!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-27
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I agree. As the products of long lines of evolutionary changes we seem to think people who think and act like us are “normal” and everyone else needs to fall into line. Children with autism might be just what society needs as we move forward.
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