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Mother's antibodies may contribute to autism

Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:18pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While a mother of an autistic child is pregnant, she develops an immune response to her fetus's brain. As part of that immune response, her body develops antibodies that can attack the fetal brain. Now, in new research in mice, scientists have discovered that the mother's fetal brain antibodies are circulated back to the fetus through the placenta, possibly triggering inflammation in the brain that could eventually result in autism.

http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE53N55320090425?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews

Tania Tirraoro
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