A Light Touch on Sociability

Cell. 2019 Aug 8;178(4):769-771. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.07.022.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is prevalent, complex, and heterogeneous, and currently there is no cure. Identifying shared mechanisms across the ASD spectrum is of utmost importance for therapeutic intervention. Orefice et al. show that tackling the GABAA receptor pathway in the peripheral somatosensory system in various ASD mouse models rescues core ASD-like phenotypes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder*
  • Interneurons
  • Mice
  • Phenotype
  • Receptors, GABA-A


  • Receptors, GABA-A