The mechanisms of CHD8 in neurodevelopment and autism spectrum disorders

Orly Weissberg, Evan Elliott

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Chromodomain-helicase-DNA-binding protein 8 (CHD8) has been identified as one of the genes with the strongest association with autism. The CHD8 protein is a transcriptional regulator that is expressed in nearly all cell types and has been implicated in multiple cellular processes, including cell cycle, cell adhesion, neuronal development, myelination, and synaptogenesis. Considering the central role of CHD8 in the genetics of autism, a deeper understanding of the physiological functions of CHD8 is important to understand the development of the autism phenotype and potential therapeutic targets. Different CHD8 mutant mouse models were developed to determine autism-like phenotypes and to fully understand their mechanisms. Here, we review the current knowledge on CHD8, with an emphasis on mechanistic lessons gained from animal models that have been studied.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1133
Issue number8
StatePublished - 26 Jul 2021

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Funding: This research was funded by the Israel Science Foundation, grant number 898/17.

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Israel Science Foundation898/17


    • Autism
    • CHD8
    • Mouse model
    • Neurodevelopment


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