Single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice

Mauro Costa-Mattioli and colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine describe a potential link between mouse maternal diet-induced changes in the gut microbiome and autism-like social behavior in offspring. credit: Baylor College of Medicine To begin, the researchers fed approximately 60 female mice a high-fat diet that was the rough equivalent of consistently eating fast food multiple times a day. They bred the mice and waited for them to bear young. The offspring stayed with their mother for three weeks and then were weaned onto a normal diet. After a month, these offspring showed behavioral deficits, such as spending less time in contact with their peers and not initiating interactions.   “First we wanted to see whether there was a difference in the microbiome between the offspring of mouse mothers fed a…


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