Plasma serotonin in autism.

  title={Plasma serotonin in autism.},
  author={Susan L. Connors and Karla J Matteson and Gary A. Sega and Carmen B. de Lozzio and Roger C. Carroll and Andrew Zimmerman},
  journal={Pediatric neurology},
  volume={35 3},
Serotonin is necessary for normal fetal brain development. Administration of serotonin inhibitors to pregnant rats results in offspring with abnormal behaviors, brain morphology, and serotonin receptor numbers. Low maternal plasma serotonin may contribute to abnormal brain development in autism. In this study, plasma serotonin levels in autism mothers and control mothers of typically developing children were compared, and plasma serotonin levels in children with autism (n = 17) and their family… CONTINUE READING
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