Background: Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by varying degrees of dysfunctional social abilities, learning deficits, and stereotypic behaviors. Many patients with ASDs have 'allergy-like' symptoms and respond disproportionally to stress. We have previously shown that the peptide neurotensin (NT)... read moreis increased in the serum of young children with autism and that can stimulate extracellular secretion of mitochondrial (mt)DNA which was also increased in the serum of these children.
Asadi, Shahrzad, and Theoharis C. Theoharides. "Corticotropin-releasing hormone and extracellular mitochondria augment IgE-stimulated human mast-cell vascular endothelial growth factor release, which is inhibited by luteolin." Journal of Neuroinflammation 9, no. 1 (12, 2012): 1-6.