Researchers Link Defects in a Nuclear Receptor in the Brain to Autism Spectrum Disorders


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Two University of Houston scientists are reporting that defects in a portion of the brain’s hippocampus, called the dentate gyrus, are regulated by the nuclear receptor LXRβ (Liver X receptor Beta). The dentate gyrus, or DG, is responsible for emotion and memory and is known to be involved in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).