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Project Title

Project Title

A non-human primate autism model based on maternal immune activation

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Patterson, Paul

Description

Description

Based on epidemiological evidence that viral infection of pregnant women can strongly increase the risk for autism in their offspring, a mouse model of maternal immune activation has been established. Pregnant mice are given a respiratory infection at midgestation, and the offspring display a series of behavioral abnormalities consistent with those seen in autism, including deficits in social interaction and investigation of novel objects, as well as increased anxiety under mildly stressful conditions. Moreover, these offspring exhibit a specific type of neuropathology that is often seen in autism: spatially localized deficit of Purkinje cells in the cerebellum. Now that the mouse model has shown behavioral and histological abnormalities consistent with those found in autism, it is important to extend this work to primates. These animals possess a behavioral repertoire, such as the expression and interpretation of facial expressions, which is very homologous with human social behavior. Non-human primates therefore provide a sensitive indicator of impairments in social behavior and communication. A valid primate model of autism would also provide a unique resource for evaluating therapeutic interventions.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

75629

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2012

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 2SA. Support at least four research projects to identify mechanisms of fever, metabolic and/or immune system interactions with the central nervous system that may influence ASD during prenatal-postnatal life by 2010. IACC Recommended Budget: $9,800,000 over 4 years. (Fever studies to be started by 2012.)

Project Link

Project Link

A non-human primate autism model based on maternal immune activation (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of California, Davis

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

5P51RR000169-50

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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