Anti-metallothionein IgG and levels of metallothionein in autistic families.

  title={Anti-metallothionein IgG and levels of metallothionein in autistic families.},
  author={Anthony F Russo},
  journal={Swiss medical weekly},
  volume={138 5-6},
Metallothioneins (MTs) are a family of small proteins containing 61-68 amino acids with an unusually high concentration of cysteine. MT-1, the most functional and active MT in humans, has the ability to react with and enhance the detoxification of a number of metals including zinc, mercury, copper and cadmium. MT dysfunction may result, then, in many of the aetiological syndromes observed in autistic children, such as the leaky gut. It has been proposed that allergic autoimmune reactions… CONTINUE READING