Study Ties Growth Factor to Autism

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
October 22, 2013

Mutations in the autism-linked protein NHE6 may block the development of neuronal junctions by interfering with a growth factor called BDNF, according to a study published in the journal Neuron. The results suggest that drugs that enhance BDNF signaling could treat some forms of autism, the researchers say.