Melatonin treatment of repetitive behavioral deficits in the Cntnap2 mouse model of autism spectrum disorder.

In this study, we examined the impact of exposure to dim light at night (DLaN, 5 lx) in a model of ASD: the contactin associated protein-like 2 knock out (Cntnap2 KO) mice. DLaN was sufficient to disrupt locomotor activity rhythms, exacerbate the excessive grooming and diminish the social preference in Cntnap2 mutant mice. On a molecular level, DLaN altered the phase and amplitude of PER2::LUC rhythms in a tissue-specific manner in vitro. Daily treatment with melatonin reduced the excessive grooming of the mutant mice to wild-type levels and improved activity rhythms. Our findings suggest that common circadian disruptors such as light at night should be considered in the management of ASD. PMID: 32889171 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Neurobiology of Disease - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Neurobiol Dis Source Type: research

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CONCLUSION: Further are required for understanding the relationship between melatonin, circadian rhythm and ASD, which will not only shed light on the role of melatonin in the etiology of ASD, but may also guide to early intervention options. PMID: 32978956 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Turkish Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Turk Psikiyatri Derg Source Type: research
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