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  1. Impaired imitation has been found to be an important factor contributing to social communication deficits in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It has been hypothesized that the neural correlate ...

    Authors: Melody M. Y. Chan and Yvonne M. Y. Han
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:72
  2. Recent theories have linked autism to challenges in prediction learning and social cognition. It is unknown, however, how autism affects learning about threats from others “demonstrators” through observation, ...

    Authors: Lisa Espinosa, Johan Lundin Kleberg, Björn Hofvander, Steve Berggren, Sven Bölte and Andreas Olsson
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:71
  3. Angelman syndrome (AS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder caused by the loss of functional ubiquitin protein ligase E3A (UBE3A). In neurons, UBE3A expression is tightly regulated by a mechanism of imprintin...

    Authors: Monica Sonzogni, Peipei Zhai, Edwin J. Mientjes, Geeske M. van Woerden and Ype Elgersma
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:70
  4. The complex pathophysiology of autism spectrum disorder encompasses interactions between genetic and environmental factors. On the one hand, hundreds of genes, converging at the functional level on selective b...

    Authors: Cristina Cheroni, Nicolò Caporale and Giuseppe Testa
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:69
  5. Several genetic alterations, including point mutations and copy number variations in NLGN genes, have been associated with psychiatric disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and X-linked mental retarda...

    Authors: Takafumi Yumoto, Misaki Kimura, Ryota Nagatomo, Tsukika Sato, Shun Utsunomiya, Natsue Aoki, Motoji Kitaura, Koji Takahashi, Hiroshi Takemoto, Hirotaka Watanabe, Hideyuki Okano, Fumiaki Yoshida, Yosuke Nao and Taisuke Tomita
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:68
  6. Heterogeneity in the phenotypic presentation of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is apparent in the profile and the severity of sensory features. Here, we applied factor mixture modelling (FMM) to test a multidi...

    Authors: J. Tillmann, M. Uljarevic, D. Crawley, G. Dumas, E. Loth, D. Murphy, J. Buitelaar and T. Charman
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:67
  7. Placebo response in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) might dilute drug-placebo differences and hinder drug development. Therefore, this meta-analysis investigated placebo response in core symptoms.

    Authors: Spyridon Siafis, Oğulcan Çıray, Johannes Schneider-Thoma, Irene Bighelli, Marc Krause, Alessandro Rodolico, Anna Ceraso, Giacomo Deste, Maximilian Huhn, David Fraguas, Dimitris Mavridis, Tony Charman, Declan G. Murphy, Mara Parellada, Celso Arango and Stefan Leucht
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:66
  8. Partial or an entire deletion of SHANK3 are considered as major drivers in the Phelan–McDermid syndrome, in which 75% of patients are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). During the recent years, there ...

    Authors: N. Perets, O. Oron, S. Herman, E. Elliott and D. Offen
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:65
  9. Recognising the signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a challenge for frontline professionals. The use of brief parent-completed questionnaires for recording the signs of ASD in school-aged children m...

    Authors: Catherine R. G. Jones, Sarah L. Barrett, Ieva Bite, Maria Legzdina, Kristina Arina, Andrea Higgins, Kyla Honey, Sarah J. Carrington, Dale Hay, Johanna Condon and Susan R. Leekam
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:64
  10. The social motivational theory of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) focuses on social anhedonia as key causal feature of the impaired peer relationships that characterize ASD patients. ASD prevalence is higher in...

    Authors: Simona Scheggi, Francesca Guzzi, Giulia Braccagni, Maria Graziella De Montis, Marco Parenti and Carla Gambarana
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:62
  11. The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is changing how society operates. Environmental changes, disrupted routines, and reduced access to services and social networks will have a unique impact on auti...

    Authors: Stephanie H. Ameis, Meng-Chuan Lai, Benoit H. Mulsant and Peter Szatmari
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:61
  12. There is growing recognition that autistic females present with more diverse gender and sexual identities than their non-autistic counterparts. Likewise, autistic females are also at an increased risk of adver...

    Authors: Laura A. Pecora, Grace I. Hancock, Merrilyn Hooley, David H. Demmer, Tony Attwood, Gary B. Mesibov and Mark A. Stokes
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:57
  13. Auditory steady state responses (ASSRs) are elicited by clicktrains or amplitude-modulated tones, which entrain auditory cortex at their specific modulation rate. Previous research has reported reductions in A...

    Authors: R. A. Seymour, G. Rippon, G. Gooding-Williams, P. F. Sowman and K. Kessler
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:56
  14. Advanced paternal age (APA) is a risk factor for several neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia. The potential mechanisms conferring this risk are poorly understood. Here, we show tha...

    Authors: Axel Krug, Markus Wöhr, Dominik Seffer, Henrike Rippberger, A. Özge Sungur, Bruno Dietsche, Frederike Stein, Sugirthan Sivalingam, Andreas J. Forstner, Stephanie H. Witt, Helene Dukal, Fabian Streit, Anna Maaser, Stefanie Heilmann-Heimbach, Till F. M. Andlauer, Stefan Herms…
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:54
  15. Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS) is a rare genetic disorder with high risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disability, and language delay, and is caused by 22q13.3 deletions or mutations in the SHAN...

    Authors: Michael S. Breen, Andrew Browne, Gabriel E. Hoffman, Sofia Stathopoulos, Kristen Brennand, Joseph D. Buxbaum and Elodie Drapeau
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:53
  16. Fragile X syndrome (FXS), a neurodevelopmental disorder, is a leading monogenetic cause of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. Notwithstanding the extensive studies using rodent and other pre...

    Authors: Shreya Das Sharma, Rakhi Pal, Bharath Kumar Reddy, Bhuvaneish T. Selvaraj, Nisha Raj, Krishna Kumar Samaga, Durga J. Srinivasan, Loren Ornelas, Dhruv Sareen, Matthew R. Livesey, Gary J. Bassell, Clive N. Svendsen, Peter C. Kind, Siddharthan Chandran, Sumantra Chattarji and David J. A. Wyllie
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:52
  17. The frequently cited Early Overgrowth Hypothesis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) postulates that there is overgrowth of the brain in the first 2 years of life, which is followed by a period of arrested growt...

    Authors: Lisa D. Yankowitz, John D. Herrington, Benjamin E. Yerys, Joseph A. Pereira, Juhi Pandey and Robert T. Schultz
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:51
  18. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are characterized by social communication challenges and repetitive behaviors that may be quickly detected by experts (Autism Res 10:653–62, 2017; American Psych...

    Authors: Meredith L. Cola, Samantha Plate, Lisa Yankowitz, Victoria Petrulla, Leila Bateman, Casey J. Zampella, Ashley de Marchena, Juhi Pandey, Robert T. Schultz and Julia Parish-Morris
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:49
  19. Autistic individuals exhibit atypical patterns of sensory processing that are known to be related to quality of life, but which are also highly heterogeneous. Previous investigations of this heterogeneity have...

    Authors: Patrick Dwyer, Xiaodong Wang, Rosanna De Meo-Monteil, Fushing Hsieh, Clifford D. Saron and Susan M. Rivera
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:48
  20. In fast firing, parvalbumin (PV)-expressing (Pvalb) interneurons, PV acts as an intracellular Ca2+ signal modulator with slow-onset kinetics. In Purkinje cells of PV−/− mice, adaptive/homeostatic mechanisms lead ...

    Authors: Lucia Janickova, Karin Farah Rechberger, Lucas Wey and Beat Schwaller
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:47

    The Correction to this article has been published in Molecular Autism 2021 12:7

  21. A crucial step to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is to examine if the biological underpinnings of ASD in genetic high-risk conditions, like 22q11.2 deletion synd...

    Authors: Maria Gudbrandsen, Anke Bletsch, Caroline Mann, Eileen Daly, Clodagh M. Murphy, Vladimira Stoencheva, Charlotte E. Blackmore, Maria Rogdaki, Leila Kushan, Carrie E. Bearden, Declan G. M. Murphy, Michael C. Craig and Christine Ecker
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:46
  22. MBD5, encoding the methyl-CpG-binding domain 5 protein, has been proposed as a necessary and sufficient driver of the 2q23.1 microdeletion syndrome. De novo missense and protein-truncating variants from exome seq...

    Authors: Catarina M. Seabra, Tatsiana Aneichyk, Serkan Erdin, Derek J. C. Tai, Celine E. F. De Esch, Parisa Razaz, Yu An, Poornima Manavalan, Ashok Ragavendran, Alexei Stortchevoi, Clemer Abad, Juan I. Young, Patricia Maciel, Michael E. Talkowski and James F. Gusella
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:45
  23. PTEN, a syndromic autism spectrum disorder (ASD) risk gene, is mutated in approximately 10% of macrocephalic ASD cases. Despite the described genetic association between PTEN and ASD and ensuing studies, we conti...

    Authors: Shin Chung Kang, Ritika Jaini, Masahiro Hitomi, Hyunpil Lee, Nick Sarn, Stetson Thacker and Charis Eng
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:43
  24. Patients diagnosed with chromosome microdeletions or duplications, known as copy number variants (CNVs), present a unique opportunity to investigate the relationship between patient genotype and cell phenotype...

    Authors: Danijela Drakulic, Srdjan Djurovic, Yasir Ahmed Syed, Sebastiano Trattaro, Nicolò Caporale, Anna Falk, Rivka Ofir, Vivi M. Heine, Samuel J. R. A. Chawner, Antonio Rodriguez-Moreno, Marianne B. M. van den Bree, Giuseppe Testa, Spyros Petrakis and Adrian J. Harwood
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:42
  25. FXS is the most common genetic cause of intellectual (ID) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). FXS is caused by loss of FMRP, an RNA-binding protein involved in the translational regulation of a large number o...

    Authors: Kagistia Hana Utami, Nur Amirah Binte Mohammad Yusof, Jing Eugene Kwa, Ulla-Kaisa Peteri, Maija L. Castrén and Mahmoud A. Pouladi
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:41
  26. Studies of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have revealed a strong multigenic basis with the identification of hundreds of ASD susceptibility genes. ASD is characterized by social deficits and a...

    Authors: Maria Jesus Herrero, Dmitry Velmeshev, David Hernandez-Pineda, Saarthak Sethi, Shawn Sorrells, Payal Banerjee, Catherine Sullivan, Abha R. Gupta, Arnold R. Kriegstein and Joshua G. Corbin
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:39
  27. Rett syndrome (RTT) is a progressive neurodevelopmental disease that is characterized by abnormalities in cognitive, social, and motor skills. RTT is often caused by mutations in the X-linked gene encoding met...

    Authors: Suzy Varderidou-Minasian, Lisa Hinz, Dominique Hagemans, Danielle Posthuma, Maarten Altelaar and Vivi M. Heine
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:38
  28. Autism spectrum condition (ASC) is accompanied by developmental differences in brain anatomy and connectivity. White matter differences in ASC have been widely studied with diffusion imaging but results are he...

    Authors: Abigail Thompson, Asal Shahidiani, Anne Fritz, Jonathan O’Muircheartaigh, Lindsay Walker, Vera D’Almeida, Clodagh Murphy, Eileen Daly, Declan Murphy, Steve Williams, Sean Deoni and Christine Ecker
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:36
  29. Whether there is a true increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) frequency or not remains unclear. Additionally, the rates of co-existing neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) in a total population sample has n...

    Authors: Manabu Saito, Tomoya Hirota, Yui Sakamoto, Masaki Adachi, Michio Takahashi, Ayako Osato-Kaneda, Young Shin Kim, Bennett Leventhal, Amy Shui, Sumi Kato and Kazuhiko Nakamura
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:35
  30. Youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience high rates (approximately 50–79%) of comorbid anxiety problems. Given the significant interference and distress that excessive anxiety can cause, evidence-b...

    Authors: Abbie Solish, Nora Klemencic, Anne Ritzema, Vicki Nolan, Martha Pilkington, Evdokia Anagnostou and Jessica Brian
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:34
  31. Genetic factors contribute to the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and although non-protein-coding regions of the genome are being increasingly implicated in ASD, the functional consequences of t...

    Authors: P. Joel Ross, Rebecca S. F. Mok, Brandon S. Smith, Deivid C. Rodrigues, Marat Mufteev, Stephen W. Scherer and James Ellis
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:33
  32. Reduction or differences in facial expression are a core diagnostic feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet evidence regarding the extent of this discrepancy is limited and inconsistent. Use of automate...

    Authors: Abigail Bangerter, Meenakshi Chatterjee, Joseph Manfredonia, Nikolay V. Manyakov, Seth Ness, Matthew A. Boice, Andrew Skalkin, Matthew S. Goodwin, Geraldine Dawson, Robert Hendren, Bennett Leventhal, Frederick Shic and Gahan Pandina
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:31
  33. Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant disease that affects multiple organs including the brain. TSC is strongly associated with broad neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum...

    Authors: Dorinde M. van Andel, Jan J. Sprengers, Bob Oranje, Floortje E. Scheepers, Floor E. Jansen and Hilgo Bruining
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:30
  34. Mutations in TSC1 or TSC2 genes cause tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a disorder associated with epilepsy, autism, and intellectual disability. TSC1 and TSC2 are repressors of the mechanistic target of rapamyci...

    Authors: Nabila Haji, Ilse Riebe, Argel Aguilar-Valles, Julien Artinian, Isabel Laplante and Jean-Claude Lacaille
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:29
  35. Although there is high co-occurrence between ASD and ADHD, the nature of this co-occurrence remains unclear. Our study aimed to examine the underlying relationship between ASD and ADHD symptoms in a combined s...

    Authors: Aneta D. Krakowski, Katherine Tombeau Cost, Evdokia Anagnostou, Meng-Chuan Lai, Jennifer Crosbie, Russell Schachar, Stelios Georgiades, Eric Duku and Peter Szatmari
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:28
  36. Proteomics is the large-scale study of the total protein content and their overall function within a cell through multiple facets of research. Advancements in proteomic methods have moved past the simple quant...

    Authors: Nadeem Murtaza, Jarryll Uy and Karun K. Singh
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:27
  37. Elucidating developmental changes in the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is important to support individuals with ASD. However, no report has clarified the developmental changes in attention to soci...

    Authors: Toru Fujioka, Kenji J. Tsuchiya, Manabu Saito, Yoshiyuki Hirano, Muneaki Matsuo, Mitsuru Kikuchi, Yoshihiro Maegaki, Damee Choi, Sumi Kato, Tokiko Yoshida, Yuko Yoshimura, Sawako Ooba, Yoshifumi Mizuno, Shinichiro Takiguchi, Hideo Matsuzaki, Akemi Tomoda…
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:24
  38. Efforts to identify the causes of autism spectrum disorders have highlighted the importance of both genetics and environment, but the lack of human models for many of these disorders limits researchers’ attemp...

    Authors: Karina A. Kruth, Tierney M. Grisolano, Christopher A. Ahern and Aislinn J. Williams
    Citation: Molecular Autism 2020 11:23

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