Autism Symptoms 'Reversed' in Mice by 100-Year-Old Drug

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A century-old therapy for African sleeping sickness has been used in a new study to reverse symptoms of autism in a mouse model.  The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and published in Translational Psychiatry, expands on the theory that autism is caused by a variety of interconnected factors.

"Twenty percent of the known factors associated with autism are genetic, but most are not," explains senior author Dr. Robert K. Naviaux, professor of medicine, pediatrics and pathology and co-director of the Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center at UCSD.

Dr. Naviaux says it is wrong to think of genes and the environment as separate factors. "Genes and environmental factors interact," he stresses. "The net result of this interaction is metabolism."

Metabolic disturbances are known to be a universal symptom of autism.

Autism Symptoms 'Reversed' in Mice by 100-Year-Old Drug
Autism Symptoms 'Reversed' in Mice by 100-Year-Old Drug
A century-old therapy for African sleeping sickness has been used in a new study to reverse symptoms of autism in a mouse model. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and published in Translational Psychiatry, expands on the theory that autism is caused by a variety of interconnected factors.
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