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Antibodies Could be Basis for Improved Autism Diagnoses

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Friday, July 12, 2013
Maternal antibodies protect children from infections before birth. But in some instances, they can also do damage. In women with autoantibodies to specific brain proteins, those antibodies cross both the placenta and the fetal blood-brain barrier and attack certain fetal brain proteins – a process that plays a role in a subset of autism known as maternal autoantibody-related (MAR) autism.

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