For some time researchers have agreed that autism could be caused by both environmental and genetic factors, yet scientists have not been able to identify the mechanism in the brain that results in someone actually having autism. Research from UCLA may have found clues to solve this mystery.
Researchers have known that people with autism experience some period in which they have excessive brain growth after they are born. Researchers do not necessarily know why or if this change causes any behavioral changes that are tied to autism, but this does seem to be a common them between individuals who are diagnosed with autism.
UCLA Study Offers Intriguing Information In Mice
A recent study at UCLA showed pregnant mice that experienced different types of inflammation then triggered a division of stem cells, which could cause an overgrowth inside of their offspring’s brain.
This study tried to mimic factors that cause immune system responses like an autoimmune disorder or an infection. Mice were injected with various toxins, which then caused an overproduction of neural stem cells that then led to an enlarged brain in the offspring of the mice.
This research is important because these neural stem cells are what constitute primary cells in the brain, which are used to transmit information as well as the types of cells called glial cells, which must support neurons within the brain.
Mice With Larger Brains Showed Behaviors Linked To Autism
Researchers found that mice in this study exhibited behaviors such as not being as vocal when becoming detached from their mother, showed higher anxiety levels, were more apt to exhibit behaviors that were repetitive and were less likely to interact with other mice. These behaviors are similar to those seen in individuals who exhibit symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.
Creating Brighter Futures Is Excited To See New Research Surrounding Autism
At Creating Brighter Futures, we offer one-on-one ABA treatment for autism supervised by our experienced and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) staff. We are excited to see studies like this one from UCLA that show significant headway is being made to determine the root cause of autism spectrum disorder.
While we applaud the research of UCLA, we still make it our mission to offer autism spectrum therapy to kids in a fun group therapy atmosphere that helps children improve social interaction with peers and develop skills which will improve the daily lives of our kids and their families.
If you are looking for more information about ABA autism therapy, do not hesitate to give our clinical director a call today at (734) 926-0740. We offer free assessments to determine if our autism clinic is the right fit for your child. We look forward to hearing from you soon.