Reportedly, with the number of children identified with autism on the surge, the requirement to find what leads to the disorder becomes more vital every day. The researchers from the UCF are now a step near to showing the association amid the food pregnant women intake and the impacts on a fetus’ developing brain. Dr.Latifa Abdelli, Dr. Saleh Naser, along with Aseela Samsam—UCF undergraduate research assistant—have found the molecular alterations that occur when neuro stem cells are encountered to greater levels of an acid normally detected in processed foods. The study was published in Scientific Reports. The scientists found how high levels of PPA (propionic acid) is utilized to augment the storage life of packaged foods and restrain mold in commercially processed bread and cheese, reduce the progress of neurons in fetal brains.
Dr. Naser started the study after reports demonstrated that autistic kids mostly suffer from gastric problems such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). He wondered about a potential link amid the brain and the gut and started examining how the gut bacteria or microbiome differed between individuals having autism compared to those who did not have the condition. Dr. Naser said, “Studies have illustrated a greater level of PPA in stool samples from kids having autism and the gut microbiome in autistic kids is different. I wanted to be acquainted what the underlying cause was.”
On a similar note, recently, a study showed that exercise alleviates ASD (autism spectrum disorder) in a mouse model. A mouse prototype of autism has disclosed how exercise alters the structure of the brain by getting rid of the excess associations amid neurons characteristic of ASD. After 1 Month of intended running on a wheel, behavioral dissimilarities disappeared and structural disparities in ASD model mice’s brains were lowered.