Plasma oxytocin levels in autistic children.

  title={Plasma oxytocin levels in autistic children.},
  author={Charlotte Modahl and Leonard Green and Deborah Fein and MichaelJ. Morris and Lynn Waterhouse and Carl Feinstein and Harvey Levin},
  journal={Biological psychiatry},
  volume={43 4},
BACKGROUND Social impairments are central to the syndrome of autism. The neuropeptide oxytocin (OT) has been implicated in the regulation of social behavior in animals but has not yet been examined in autistic subjects. METHODS To determine whether autistic children have abnormalities in OT, midday plasma samples from 29 autistic and 30 age-matched normal children, all prepubertal, were analyzed by radioimmunoassay for levels of OT. RESULTS Despite individual variability and overlapping… CONTINUE READING
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