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.
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)