A new role for a gene that’s associated with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and language impairment is revealed in a new study led by UCLA. “This discovery really broadens the scope of where we think Foxp1 is important. And this gives us an expanded way of thinking about how its mutation affects patients,” said… Read more

Aging-related changes in a class of immune cell known as group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) could allow doctors to combat the effects of aging on the brain, researchers at Albany Medical College in New York have found. Their study suggests that targeting these cells might reduce age-related cognitive decline and combat aging-associated neurodegenerative disease… Read more

A unique pattern of DNA damage that arises in brain cells derived from individuals with a macrocephalic form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been uncovered by researchers at the Salk Institute. The finding helps explain what might go awry in the brain during cell division and development to cause the disorder. “Division, or replication… Read more

The influence of the coagulation factor fibrinogen on the damaged brain has been detailed by scientists at the University of Freiburg in a news paper. Neural stem and progenitor cells (NSPCs), from the so-called subventricular zone (SVZ), can help to repair a brain damaged by central nervous system disorders. It is known that the microenvironment… Read more

A defect in the ATP13A2 gene causes cell death by disrupting the cellular transport of polyamines, scientists at KU Leuven have discovered. When this happens in the part of the brain that controls body movement, it can lead to Parkinson’s disease. “We found that ATP13A2 transports polyamines and is crucial for their uptake into the… Read more