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More evidence to support the concept of a metabolic malfunction involved in autism has been found in an American study.  Researchers have discovered that mutations in a particular gene (BCKDK) are associated with families that are affected by autism, epilepsy and intellectual disability.  Patients with these mutations have reductions of particular metabolic markers as well as plasma branched chain amino acids ( valine, leucine and isoleucine) and so may respond to dietary supplementation.

 

Source:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22956686

Posted: September 2012

 
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