Parvocellular Oxytocin Neurons and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sivaraj Mohana Sundaram, Markus Schwaninger


The underlying mechanism of oxytocin (OT) neurons in the development of social interaction remains unclear. In a recent study, Lewis et al. characterized OT neuronal subtypes and provided evidence that expression of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gene Fmr1 in parvocellular OT neurons is essential for peer-peer but not filial social interactions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)195-197
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 01.04.2021

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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