Immune transcriptome alterations in the temporal cortex of subjects with autism

Krassimira Garbett, Philip J. Ebert, Amanda Mitchell, Carla Lintas, Barbara Manzi, Károly Mirnics, Antonio M. Persico

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Autism is a severe disorder that involves both genetic and environmental factors. Expression profiling of the superior temporal gyrus of six autistic subjects and matched controls revealed increased transcript levels of many immune system-related genes. We also noticed changes in transcripts related to cell communication, differentiation, cell cycle regulation and chaperone systems. Critical expression changes were confirmed by qPCR (BCL6, CHI3L1, CYR61, IFI16, IFITM3, MAP2K3, PTDSR, RFX4, SPP1, RELN, NOTCH2, RIT1, SFN, GADD45B, HSPA6, HSPB8 and SERPINH1). Overall, these expression patterns appear to be more associated with the late recovery phase of autoimmune brain disorders, than with the innate immune response characteristic of neurodegenerative diseases. Moreover, a variance-based analysis revealed much greater transcript variability in brains from autistic subjects compared to the control group, suggesting that these genes may represent autism susceptibility genes and should be assessed in follow-up genetic studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-311
Number of pages9
JournalNeurobiology of Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Autism
  • DNA microarray
  • Gene expression
  • Post mortem
  • Temporal cortex
  • Transcriptome
  • qPCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology

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    Garbett, K., Ebert, P. J., Mitchell, A., Lintas, C., Manzi, B., Mirnics, K., & Persico, A. M. (2008). Immune transcriptome alterations in the temporal cortex of subjects with autism. Neurobiology of Disease, 30(3), 303-311.