The role of oligopeptides in preventing autism

Gary Steinman*, David Mankuta

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Previous reports in this series point to insufficient insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) in the newborn as the key to brain dysconnectivity characteristic of autism. Such a deficiency should be detectable in the baby's blood at or soon after birth. Breast-feeding exclusively for the first year of postpartum life or supplementation with oral agents to raise the serum IGF1 level, such a cyclo-glycylproline, could be helpful for this purpose.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number109604
JournalMedical Hypotheses
StatePublished - May 2020

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  • Autism
  • Breast-feeding
  • Dysconnectivity
  • IGF1
  • Myelination
  • Polymorphism
  • cGP


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