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Using induced pluripotent stem cells to identify cellular phenotypes of autism  

The goal of this project is to identify the cell biological phenotypes that underlie autism and other psychiatric disorders, taking advantage of new developments in human stem cell technology. In this study, the researchers will harvest skin fibroblasts from patients with autism and reprogram these cells to generate induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which will then be differentiated into neurons. Numerous cellular, biochemical, and genetic measures will be used to determine the biological "fingerprint" of these cell lines. Researchers will also determine whether deletion, duplication, or mutation of specific genes leads the phenotypes observed in the neurons from each patient. This approach allows the researchers to link the phenotype and genotype of patients with the cell biological defects that give rise to disease. Information learned in this study can be used to develop cell-based assays to both investigate the etiology of the disease and to find new treatments for these untreatable disorders. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $800,000.00
Current Award Period 2008-2013
Project Number 5DP1OD003889-03
Principal Investigator Dolmetsch, Ricardo
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Model Systems/Therapeutic Targets
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 4SB. Standardize and validate at least 20 model systems (e.g., cellular and/or animal) that replicate features of ASD and will allow identification of specific molecular targets or neural circuits amenable to existing or new interventions by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $75,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Stanford University
State/Country California
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