Autism In Children Linked To Zinc Deficiency During Pregnancy

The exact cause of autism is still unknown but they have linked the condition to genetic and environmental factors, which includes zinc deficiency.

If it is not yet clear if zinc deficiency indeed contributes to autism Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience defined as possible mechanism on how this could work.

Sally Kim, from Stanford University School of Medicine, and colleagues demonstrating the possibility of connections between brain cells that form an early development through a complex molecular machinery controlled by genes linked to autism.

Target of the brain where is it possible to use these connections as synapses, galvanize the target brain cells where it could bind the two proteins called SHANK2 and SHANK3 that causes changes in the composition and function of adjacent signal receptors known as AMPARs on the neuron's surface at the synapse.

Because zinc forms the properties of developing synapses through SHANK proteins, a lack of the mineral during an early development.

Genetically modified neuroscience and neuroscience in Shank2 and Shank3, genetic mutations and / or environmental insults into early development and impaired maturity and circulatory training that underlie ASD etiology, "the researchers wrote in their study, which was published on Nov. 9.

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It is. However, it is important to note that the findings do not mean that doctors should start taking zinc supplements to prevent autism.

"Currently there are no studies on the risk of zinc supplementation in pregnant women or babies, so the jury is still out," said study researcher Craig Garner, from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, according to Newsweek. "But experimental work in autism models" also published in this "Frontiers Research" Topic holds promise. "

As a result of the body absorbs. This can possibly lead to anemia and the weakening of the bones.

Zinc deficiency does not mean that there is dietary deficiency since it has other possible causes such as problems with absorption in the gut.

Autism is a developmental disability marked by significant social communication and behavioral challenges. People with autism may interact, communicate, behave and learn differently compared to most people.

Figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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