Elevated levels of measles antibodies in children with autism.
Pediatr Neurol. 2003 Apr;28(4):292-4. PMID: 12849883
Department of Biology and Biotechnology Center, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA.
Virus-induced autoimmunity may play a causal role in autism. To examine the etiologic link of viruses in this brain disorder, we conducted a serologic study of measles virus, mumps virus, and rubella virus. Viral antibodies were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in the serum of autistic children, normal children, and siblings of autistic children. The level of measles antibody, but not mumps or rubella antibodies, was significantly higher in autistic children as compared with normal children (P = 0.003) or siblings of autistic children (P