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Special Issue "The Various Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Autism Spectrum Disorders"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Neurobiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Rafael Franco
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedicine, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2. Network Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CiberNed), Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
Interests: Alzheimer; Pharmacology; Neuroscience; Membrane Receptors and Intercellular Communication
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Autism is a developmental disorder of the central nervous system. Cases are diagnosed on the basis of psychological/behavioral tests and the myriad of different characteristics has led to the term autism spectrum disorder or ASD. From pure autistic cases to pure Asperger cases, there are a gradation of symptoms and behavioral cognition deficits. Considering that genetic causes may be searched for, autism may, overall, be considered idiopathic. To date, the expectations due from exome sequencing have not been met, i.e., no succesful therapy is yet based on results from nucleic acid sequencing. Remarkably, blood or urine tests are rarely used to complement clinical information or to refine diagnosis. This is puzzling as almost any other disease relies on biochemical parameters for  diagnosis establishment or confirmation (with exceptions mainly affecting the elderly: Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, etc.). Therefore, this Special Issue aims at promoting a debate on various levels; i) exome versus introme, ii) genome versus epigenome and, last but not least, iii) the convenience or not of determining biochemical parameters in body fluids (urine, sweat, saliva and/or blood) for the diagnosis and therapy of ASD and for stratification of ASD cases.

Dr. Rafael Franco
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Dr. Rafael Franco
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • exome
  • genome and epigenome
  • Idiopathic diseases
  • Brain energy metabolism
  • Blood biomarkers
  • Mitochondria

Published Papers

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