New Mouse Model Identifies Drug Target that Could Increase Social Interaction in Autism

Philadelphia, PA (Scicasts) — A study of a new mouse model identifies a drug target that has the potential to increase social interaction in individuals with some forms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The team published their work in Biological Psychiatry. Although medications are available for treating symptoms sometimes associated with ASD, such as anxiety, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and irritability, there are no medications currently approved for treatment of the core social interaction deficits in ASD, and the brain basis of these social interaction symptoms are still not well understood. “This research could significantly change our understanding of the causes and brain changes in autism and could lead to new treatment approaches for the harder-to-treat…


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