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23 March 2014 - York University, Toronto - Lipid Levels During Prenatal Brain Development Impact Autism

Christine T Wong12, Eizaaz Ahmad3, Hongyan Li1 and Dorota A Crawford Cell Communication and Signaling 2014, 12:19 doi:10.1186/1478-811X-12-19

. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is a natural lipid-derived molecule that is involved in important physiological functions. Abnormal PGE2 signalling has been associated with pathologies of the nervous system. Previous studies provide evidence for the interaction of PGE2 and canonical Wnt signalling pathways in non-neuronal cells. Since the Wnt pathway is crucial in the development and organization of the brain, the main goal of this study is to determine whether collaboration between these pathways exists in neuronal cell types.

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For details of this research paper see:

Wong et al 2014 - Prostaglandin E2 alters Wnt-dependent migration and proliferation in neuroectodermal stem cells: implications for autism spectrum disorders

See also: 20/21 September 2001 - Research Workshop on Fatty Acids in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (FAND 2001) 

For an accessible description of Prostaglandin, see: 18 July 2012 - The History of Omega-3 Research - an interview (podcast) with Dr William Lands