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Structure and function of neonatal social communication in a genetic mouse model of autism

Overview of attention for article published in Molecular Psychiatry, December 2015
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Structure and function of neonatal social communication in a genetic mouse model of autism
Published in
Molecular Psychiatry, December 2015
DOI 10.1038/mp.2015.190
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T Takahashi, S Okabe, P Ó Broin, A Nishi, K Ye, M V Beckert, T Izumi, A Machida, G Kang, S Abe, J L Pena, A Golden, T Kikusui, N Hiroi


A critical step toward understanding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is to identify both genetic and environmental risk factors. A number of rare copy number variants (CNVs) have emerged as robust genetic risk factors for ASD, but not all CNV carriers exhibit ASD and the severity of ASD symptoms varies among CNV carriers. Although evidence exists that various environmental factors modulate symptomatic severity, the precise mechanisms by which these factors determine the ultimate severity of ASD are still poorly understood. Here, using a mouse heterozygous for Tbx1 (a gene encoded in 22q11.2 CNV), we demonstrate that a genetically triggered neonatal phenotype in vocalization generates a negative environmental loop in pup-mother social communication. Wild-type pups used individually diverse sequences of simple and complicated call types, but heterozygous pups used individually invariable call sequences with less complicated call types. When played back, representative wild-type call sequences elicited maternal approach, but heterozygous call sequences were ineffective. When the representative wild-type call sequences were randomized, they were ineffective in eliciting vigorous maternal approach behavior. These data demonstrate that an ASD risk gene alters the neonatal call sequence of its carriers and this pup phenotype in turn diminishes maternal care through atypical social communication. Thus, an ASD risk gene induces, through atypical neonatal call sequences, less than optimal maternal care as a negative neonatal environmental factor.Molecular Psychiatry advance online publication, 15 December 2015; doi:10.1038/mp.2015.190.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 3%
Japan 2 2%
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 81 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 21 24%
Student > Ph. D. Student 20 23%
Student > Master 11 13%
Student > Bachelor 8 9%
Student > Postgraduate 4 5%
Other 15 17%
Unknown 8 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Neuroscience 20 23%
Psychology 18 21%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 9 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 3%
Other 10 11%
Unknown 16 18%

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