Drugs targeting mglur5 receptor offer ‘fragile’ hope for autism

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Abstract

A group of drugs that are already racing through clinical trials to treat fragile X syndrome, a rare inherited syndrome that causes both intellectual disability and autistic behaviors, may have even broader usage. Mounting evidence suggests that the drugs, which block a glutamate receptor in the brain called mGluR5, might also work in certain forms of autism that have no known cause.

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  • Sarah C P Williams

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