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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911243/an-investigation-of-a-video-based-preference-assessment-of-social-interactions
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Katie Wolfe, S Shanun Kunnavatana, Adrianna M Shoemaker
We examined the use of a paired-stimulus, video-based preference assessment (VPA) to identify high- and low-preference social interactions for three children with autism spectrum disorder. We conducted two VPAs with each participant: one with access to the interaction contingent on each selection and one without access. We also conducted a concurrent-operant reinforcer assessment to evaluate the accuracy of the VPAs in identifying reinforcers. For two participants, the VPAs corresponded strongly and the results of the reinforcer assessment suggest that the high-preference interaction produced more of the target response than the low-preference interaction...
September 1, 2017: Behavior Modification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889839/laser-acupuncture-at-ht7-improves-the-cerebellar-disorders-in-valproic-acid-rat-model-of-autism
#2
Jurairat Khongrum, Jintanaporn Wattanathorn
The novel therapeutic strategy against autism is essential due to the limited therapeutic efficacy. Based on the benefit of laser acupuncture at HT7 acupoint on the neurological disorders related with oxidative stress and inflammation, its benefit on oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and GABAergic/glutamatergic imbalance in cerebellum of autism have been considered. To elucidate this issue, male rat pups were induced autistic-like conditions by valproic acid (VPA) and treated with laser acupuncture at HT7 acupoint once daily between postnatal Day 14 and Day 40...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803955/valproic-acid-exposure-decreases-the-mrna-stability-of-bcl-2-via-up-regulating-mir-34a-in-the-cerebellum-of-rat
#3
Xufang Dai, Yunhou Yin, Liyan Qin
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, limited verbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Previous studies have shown that the level of Bcl-2 in the brain tissues of ASD patients is significantly decreased. However, the mechanisms underlie the down-regulation of Bcl-2 in ASD is still unknown. In this study, we investigated the alteration of Bcl-2 level and associated mechanisms in valproic acid (VPA) exposed ASD rats. VPA exposure resulted in ASD-like behaviors in rats, such as repetitive behavior and social interaction impairment...
August 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798977/risperidone-and-aripiprazole-alleviate-prenatal-valproic-acid-induced-abnormalities-in-behaviors-and-dendritic-spine-density-in-mice
#4
Yuta Hara, Yukio Ago, Atsuki Taruta, Shigeru Hasebe, Haruki Kawase, Wataru Tanabe, Shinji Tsukada, Takanobu Nakazawa, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Toshio Matsuda, Kazuhiro Takuma
RATIONALE: Rodents exposed prenatally to valproic acid (VPA) exhibit autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-like behavioral abnormalities. We recently found that prenatal VPA exposure causes hypofunction of the prefrontal dopaminergic system in mice. This suggests that the dopaminergic system may be a potential pharmacological target for treatment of behavioral abnormalities in ASD patients. OBJECTIVES: In the present study, we examined the effects of antipsychotic drugs, which affect the dopaminergic system, on the social interaction deficits, recognition memory impairment, and reduction in dendritic spine density in the VPA mouse model of ASD...
August 10, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733898/d-cycloserine-ameliorates-autism-like-deficits-by-removing-glua2-containing-ampa-receptors-in-a-valproic-acid-induced-rat-model
#5
Han-Fang Wu, Po See Chen, Ya-Ting Hsu, Chi-Wei Lee, Tzu-Feng Wang, Yi-Ju Chen, Hui-Ching Lin
Valproic acid (VPA)-exposed rat offspring have demonstrated autism spectrum disorder (ASD) phenotypes and impaired N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-dependent long-term depression (LTD) in the lateral nucleus of the amygdala. NMDAR partial agonist D-cycloserine (DCS) has been reported to act as a cognitive enhancer by increasing the NMDAR response to improve autistic-like phenotypes in animals. However, the mechanism of DCS in alleviating the ASD is still unknown. Using combined behavioral, electrophysiological, and molecular approaches, we found that DCS administration rescued social interaction deficits and anxiety/repetitive-like behaviors observed in VPA-exposed offspring...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711654/involvement-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-neurite-outgrowth-in-the-model-mice-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Koichi Kawada, Seisuke Mimori, Yasunobu Okuma, Yasuyuki Nomura
Neurodevelopmental disorders are congenital impairments, impeding the growth and development of the central nervous system. These disorders include autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5. ASD is caused by a gene defect and chromosomal duplication. Despite numerous reports on ASD, the pathogenic mechanisms are not clear. The optimal methods to prevent ASD and to treat it are also not clear. Other studies have reported that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress contributes to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases...
July 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687613/valproic-acid-induces-aberrant-development-of-striatal-compartments-and-corticostriatal-pathways-in-a-mouse-model-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
#7
Hsiao-Ying Kuo, Fu-Chin Liu
The striatum comprises two neurochemical compartments: striosomes and the matrix. Striosomal and matrix compartments receive inputs from limbic-related and sensorimotor cortices, respectively. Here, we investigate the impact on the corticostriosomal pathway in the valproic acid (VPA)-induced autism spectrum disorder mouse model. VPA administration during the neurogenesis time windows of striosomes, but not the matrix, resulted in aberrant compartmentation [i.e., maternal VPA injections at embryonic day (E)12...
July 7, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670439/prenatal-exposure-to-valproic-acid-increases-mir-132-levels-in-the-mouse-embryonic-brain
#8
Yuta Hara, Yukio Ago, Erika Takano, Shigeru Hasebe, Takanobu Nakazawa, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Toshio Matsuda, Kazuhiro Takuma
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs, small non-coding RNAs, are highly expressed in the mammalian brain, and the dysregulation of microRNA levels may be involved in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In the present study, we examined whether prenatal valproic acid (VPA) exposure affects levels of microRNAs, especially the brain specific and enriched microRNAs, in the mouse embryonic brain. RESULTS: Prenatal exposure to VPA at E12.5 immediately increased miR-132 levels, but not miR-9 or miR-124 levels, in the male embryonic brain...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655565/environmental-enrichment-attenuates-behavioral-abnormalities-in-valproic-acid-exposed-autism-model-mice
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Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Yuta Hara, Yukio Ago, Erika Takano, Shigeru Hasebe, Takanobu Nakazawa, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Toshio Matsuda, Kazuhiro Takuma
We recently demonstrated that prenatal exposure to valproic acid (VPA) at embryonic day 12.5 causes autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-like phenotypes such as hypolocomotion, anxiety-like behavior, social deficits and cognitive impairment in mice and that it decreases dendritic spine density in the hippocampal CA1 region. Previous studies show that some abnormal behaviors are improved by environmental enrichment in ASD rodent models, but it is not known whether environmental enrichment improves cognitive impairment...
June 24, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635121/exposure-to-sodium-valproate-during-pregnancy-facial-features-and-signs-of-autism
#10
Rachel Stadelmaier, Hanah Nasri, Curtis K Deutsch, Margaret Bauman, Anne Hunt, Christopher J Stodgell, Jane Adams, Lewis B Holmes
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is the most teratogenic anticonvulsant drug in clinical use today. Children exposed prenatally to VPA have previously been shown to have dysmorphic craniofacial features, identified subjectively but not by anthropometric methods. Exposure to VPA has also been associated with an increased frequency of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). An increased cephalic index (the ratio of the cranial lateral width to the cranial anterior-posterior length) has been observed in children with ASD...
August 15, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627665/n-acetylcysteine-ameliorates-repetitive-stereotypic-behavior-due-to-its-antioxidant-properties-without-activation-of-the-canonical-wnt-pathway-in-a-valproic-acid-induced-rat-model-of-autism
#11
Yinghua Zhang, Weigang Cui, Qianqian Zhai, Tianran Zhang, Xiaojun Wen
N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is widely used as an antioxidant, and previous studies have suggested that it may have potential as an alternative therapeutic strategy for the treatment of patients with autism. However, the exact effects of NAC administration on the development of autism, as well as the molecular mechanisms underlying its actions, have yet to be fully elucidated. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of NAC on the oxidative status of rats in a valproic acid (VPA)‑induced model of autism, and to examine the involvement of the canonical Wnt signaling pathway in the actions of NAC...
August 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612411/deficits-in-temporal-processing-in-mice-prenatally-exposed-to-valproic-acid
#12
Julieta Acosta, Marcos A Campolongo, Christian Höcht, Amaicha M Depino, Diego A Golombek, Patricia V Agostino
Temporal processing in the seconds-to-minutes range, known as interval timing, is a crucial cognitive function that requires activation of cortico-striatal circuits via dopaminergic-glutamatergic pathways. In humans, both children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) present alterations in their estimation of time intervals. At present, there are no records of interval timing studies in animal models of ASD. Hence, the objective of the present work was to evaluate interval timing in a mouse model of prenatal exposure to valproic acid (VPA) - a treatment used to induce human-like autistic features in rodent models...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609577/cerebrolysin-prevents-deficits-in-social-behavior-repetitive-conduct-and-synaptic-inhibition-in-a-rat-model-of-autism
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Roberto Cuevas-Olguin, Swagata Roychowdhury, Anwesha Banerjee, Francisco Garcia-Oscos, Eric Esquivel-Rendon, María Elena Bringas, Michael P Kilgard, Gonzalo Flores, Marco Atzori
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a syndrome of diverse neuropsychiatric diseases of growing incidence characterized by repetitive conduct and impaired social behavior and communication for which effective pharmacological treatment is still unavailable. While the mechanisms and etiology of ASD are still unknown, a consensus is emerging about the synaptic nature of the syndrome, suggesting a possible avenue for pharmacological treatment with synaptogenic compounds. The peptidic mixture cerebrolysin (CBL) has been successfully used during the last three decades in the treatment of stroke and neurodegenerative disease...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590943/suppressed-play-behaviour-and-decreased-oxytocin-receptor-binding-in-the-amygdala-after-prenatal-exposure-to-low-dose-valproic-acid
#14
Freja Bertelsen, Davide Folloni, Arne Møller, Anne M Landau, Jørgen Scheel-Krüger, Michael Winterdahl
To better understand the role of the neuropeptide oxytocin in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we investigated potential deficits in social play behaviour and oxytocin receptor (OXTR) density alterations in the amygdala in a rodent model of ASD. Pregnant rats were injected daily with 20 or 100 mg/kg valproic acid (VPA) or saline from day 12 until the end of pregnancy. The number of pinning and pouncing events was assessed at postnatal days 29-34. Brains from male offspring (n=7/group) were removed at postnatal day 50...
September 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486989/postnatal-treatment-using-curcumin-supplements-to-amend-the-damage-in-vpa-induced-rodent-models-of-autism
#15
Maha Al-Askar, Ramesa Shafi Bhat, Manar Selim, Laila Al-Ayadhi, Afaf El-Ansary
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is used as a first-line antiepileptic agent and is undergoing clinical trials for use as a treatment for many disorders. Mothers undergoing VPA treatment during early pregnancy reportedly show increased rates of autism among their offspring. The benefits of curcumin supplementation were investigated using an animal model of VPA-induced autism. METHODS: The study was performed using a rodent model of autism by exposing rat fetuses to valproic acid (VPA) on the 12...
May 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472621/the-valproic-acid-induced-rodent-model-of-autism
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Chiara Nicolini, Margaret Fahnestock
Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairments in social communication and interaction and by repetitive patterns of behavior, interests and activities. While autism has a strong genetic component, environmental factors including toxins, pesticides, infection and drugs are known to confer autism susceptibility, likely by inducing epigenetic changes. In particular, exposure to valproic acid (VPA) during pregnancy has been demonstrated to increase the risk of autism in children...
May 2, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427452/modeling-environmental-risk-factors-of-autism-in-mice-induces-ibd-related-gut-microbial-dysbiosis-and-hyperserotonemia
#17
Joon Seo Lim, Mi Young Lim, Yongbin Choi, GwangPyo Ko
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of neurodevelopmental conditions that are sharply increasing in prevalence worldwide. Intriguingly, ASD is often accompanied by an array of systemic aberrations including (1) increased serotonin, (2) various modes of gastrointestinal disorders, and (3) inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), albeit the underlying cause for such comorbidities remains uncertain. Also, accumulating number of studies report that the gut microbial composition is significantly altered in children with ASD or patients with IBD...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408291/altered-expression-of-circadian-rhythm-and-extracellular-matrix-genes-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-of-a-valproic-acid-rat-model-of-autism
#18
Nikkie F M Olde Loohuis, Gerard J M Martens, Hans van Bokhoven, Barry B Kaplan, Judith R Homberg, Armaz Aschrafi
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a highly heterogeneous group of neurodevelopmental disorders caused by complex interplay between various genes and environmental factors during embryonic development. Changes at the molecular, cellular and neuroanatomical levels are especially evident in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of ASD patients and are particularly contributing to social impairments. In the present study we tested the hypothesis that altered neuronal development and plasticity, as seen in the mPFC of ASD individuals, may result from aberrant expression of functionally connected genes...
July 3, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360521/rapamycin-modulated-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-b-cell-lymphoma-2-to-mitigate-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-rats
#19
Jie Zhang, Li-Ming Liu, Jin-Feng Ni
The number of children suffered from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is increasing dramatically. However, the etiology of ASD is not well known. This study employed mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor rapamycin to explore its effect on ASD and provided new therapeutic strategies for ASD. ASD rat model was constructed and valproic acid (VPA) was injected intraperitoneally into rats on pregnancy day 12.5. Offspring from VPA group were divided into ASD group and ASD + rapamycin (ASD + RAPA) group. Compared with normal group, the frequency and duration of social behavior and straight times of ASD group were shortened, but the grooming times were extended...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324861/behavioral-improvements-in-a-valproic-acid-rat-model-of-autism-following-vitamin-d-supplementation
#20
Lin Du, Guolian Zhao, Zipeng Duan, Fan Li
The aim was to identify the effects of early vitamin D supplementation on autism-like behaviors (ASD) induced by valproic acid (VPA, an anti-convulsant and a mood stabilizer) in rats. 10 male Wistar rat pups with prenatal exposure to saline were in control group, and 20 Pups with prenatal exposure to VPA were divided into ASD-N (0.9% saline treated) and ASD-D group (vitamin D 80,000 IU/kg treated) on postnatal day 12. Self-grooming, olfactory habituation/dishabituation, and social interaction tests were conducted to assess social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors...
March 6, 2017: Psychiatry Research
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