Special Issue "The Identification of the Genetic Components of Autism Spectrum Disorders 2017"
A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Pathology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2017).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Prof. Dr. Merlin G. Butler
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS 66160, USA
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Interests: Prader-Willi syndrome, fragile X syndrome, microdeletion syndromes, autism spectrum disorders, genetics of autism, obesity and intellectual disability, chromosomal microarray analysis, next generation sequencing, delineation of rare genetic disorders, genotype-phenotype relationships
This journal issue is dedicated to the study of the genetics of autism and a collection of original research or review articles and studies related to this topic. Highlights in the field of autism research and identification and characterization of genetic components will be addressed. Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurobehavioral disorders characterized by three behavioral domains and currently affect about 1% of children, however, this is on the rise. Significant genetic contributions and mechanisms underlie the causation of ASD. About 50% of individuals are diagnosed with chromosomal abnormalities, submicroscopic deletions or duplications, single gene disorders or metabolic disturbances. The advancement of genetic technology with high resolution structural and microarrays and bioinformatics has led to the discovery of well over 600 genes contributing to ASD. Further, next generation (exome) sequencing for ASD leading to potential pharmaceutical intervention/treatment may vary from patient to patient depending on the specific genomic finding and associated characteristics for autism. New discoveries and continued identification of candidate genes will be addressed and genotype-phenotype correlations. Genetic evaluations requiring the use of advanced genetic testing options will be discussed along with psychiatric/behavioral co-morbidities seen in ASD and approaches to treatment.
Prof. Dr. Merlin G. Butler
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- next generation (exome) sequencing
- copy number variants (CNVs) candidate genes
- autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
- gene polymorphisms
- genetic causation
- gene expression
- non-coding RNAs