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Sci Rep. 2013;3:1831. doi: 10.1038/srep01831.

Patterning of regional gene expression in autism: new complexity.

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Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA.

Abstract

Autism is a common and often severe neurodevelopmental disorder for which diverse pathophysiological processes have been proposed. Recent gene expression data comparing autistic and control brains suggest that the normal differential gene expression between frontal and temporal cortex is attenuated in autistic brains. It is unknown if regional de-differentiation occurs elsewhere in autistic brain. Using high resolution, genome-wide RNA expression microarrays and brain specimens meeting stringent selection criteria we evaluated gene expression data of two other regions: Brodmann area 19 (occipital cortex) and cerebellar cortex. In contrast to frontal/temporal cortical data, our data do not indicate an attenuation of regional specialization between occipital and cerebellar cortical regions in autistic brains.

PMID:
23665920
PMCID:
PMC3652084
DOI:
10.1038/srep01831
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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