Journal article

A neuroligin-3 mutation implicated in autism causes abnormal aggression and increases repetitive behavior in mice

Emma L Burrows, Liliana Laskaris, Lynn Koyama, Leonid Churilov, Joel C Bornstein, Elisa L Hill-Yardin, Anthony J Hannan

MOLECULAR AUTISM | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Aggression is common in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) along with the core symptoms of impairments in social communication and repetitive behavior. Risperidone, an atypical antipsychotic, is widely used to treat aggression in ASD. In order to understand the neurobiological underpinnings of these challenging behaviors, a thorough characterisation of behavioral endophenotypes in animal models is required. METHODS: We investigated aggression in mice containing the ASD-associated R451C (arginine to cysteine residue 451 substitution) mutation in neuroligin-3 (NL3). Furthermore, we sought to verify social interaction impairments and assess olfaction, anxiety, and repetit..

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