Making sense of autism: The role of synaptic dysfunction in shaping sensory trajectories


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This thesis explores the role of sensory experiences, particularly in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Atypical responses to sensory stimuli are common in people with autism and can highly impact their daily lives. The research in this thesis, conducted using ASD mouse models for synaptic dysfunction, identifies common and specific developmental sensory phenotypes and underlying biological mechanisms. The work suggests a link between sensory sensitivity and social differences in ASD. Specifically, the protein cofilin in the somatosensory cortex, is identified as a potential substrate influencing the relationship between sensory and social functions. This thesis contributes to the understanding of behavioral and molecular aspects of sensory symptoms in ASD mouse models for synaptic dysfunction. It also reveals a functional relationship between sensory and social functions through targeted suppression of cofilin in the somatosensory cortex.
Originele taal-2English
KwalificatieDoctor of Philosophy
Toekennende instantie
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Kas, Martien, Supervisor
  • Havekes, Robbert, Supervisor
Datum van toekenning8-apr.-2024
Plaats van publicatie[Groningen]
StatusPublished - 2024

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