Antibody clue to autism in children
- Published: 9 Jul 2013 at 21.43
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PARIS - Researchers delving into the enigmatic disorder called autism said Tuesday they had found a group of maternal antibodies that target proteins in the foetus' developing brain.
A study that compared 246 mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to 149 women with healthy children found that nearly a quarter in the first group had different combinations of these antibodies.
Antibodies are the foot soldiers of the immune system, latching onto viral or microbial intruders and tagging them for destruction by specialised ``killer'' cells.
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