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Biol Psychiatry. 1978 Oct;13(5):575-86.

Amino compounds and organic acids in CSF, plasma, and urine of autistic children.

Abstract

Amino compounds were measured with an amino acid analyzer in the fasting plasma of 34 patients with childhood psychoses (28 having infantile autism) and 40 control children, and in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 19 of the psychotic children and 23 control children. Organic acids were determined by gas chromatography in urine, plasma, and CSF of the psychotic patients. The mean concentration of ethanolamine in CSF was significantly higher in psychotic children than in control subjects. A subgroup of autistic children may possibly have a brain disorder involving ethanolamine metabolism. None of the known inherited diseases of organic acid metabolism was found in any of the psychotic children, but future studies utilizing sophisticated gas chromatography--mass spectrometry--computer techniques might disclose abnormal organic acid content in the CSF of such patients.

PMID:
728509
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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