Research group of the University of California have discovered a biological marker of autism, reports NDTV. Before that, scientists were not able to find any substances associated with the occurrence of this disease.
The calcium is needed for nerve cells to transmit information. This mechanism is the basis for more complex functions of the brain: cognitive, memory, features of formation of emotions. Disruption of the IP3R channel, responsible for the transfer of calcium into nerve cells, greatly increases the likelihood of the child has autism.
Scientists believe that a new diagnostic mechanism will not only help in early detection of autism, but also in the development of drugs acting on the "broken" cellular channel.