Autism and obsessive-compulsive disorders may be linked to factors other than genetics, despite widely held beliefs otherwise, according to a study published Wednesday in the American journal Neuron. When researchers removed the protein FKBP12, found in both humans and mice, from studied mice, the animals demonstrated major neurological and behavioral changes. FKBP12 is known to regulate the activity of mTOR, an enzyme that affects the ability to change behavior and regulates connections between neurons, thus playing a key role in learning and memorization.
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