Do low serum UCH-L1 and TDP-43 levels indicate disturbed ubiquitin-proteosome system in autism spectrum disorder?

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Çetin İ., Tezdiğ İ., Tarakçioğlu M. C., KADAK M. T., DEMİREL Ö. F., ÖZER Ö. F., ...More

Noropsikiyatri Arsivi, vol.54, no.3, pp.267-271, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/npa.2017.14873
  • Journal Name: Noropsikiyatri Arsivi
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.267-271
  • Keywords: Autism, UCH-L1, TDP-43, ubiquitination
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction: The mechanism of ubiquitination-related abnormalities causing neural development problems is still unclear. We examined the association between autism and serum transactive response DNA-binding protein-43 (TDP-43) and ubiquitin c-terminal hydrolase-L1 (UCH-L1) levels, both of which are members of the ubiquitin-proteosome system. Methods: We measured serum levels of TDP-43 and UCH-L1 in 24 children with autism and 24 healthy children. Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) was used to assess symptom severity at admission. Results: The mean serum TDP-43 and UCH-L1 levels in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were found to decrease compared to healthy controls (p<0.001, 506.21±780.97 ng/L and 1245.80±996.76 ng/L, respectively; 3.08±5.44 ng/mL and 8.64±6.67 ng/mL, respectively). A positive correlation between serum TDP-43 levels and UCH-L1 levels was found in the ASD group (r=0.947, n=24, p<0.001). The CARS score of children with ASD was 48.91 points (standard deviation [SD]: 5.82). Conclusion: Low serum levels of UCH-L1 and TDP-43 may reflect disturbed ubiquitination in autism.