Journal of Biomedical Science

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 607–610

Detection of antinuclear and antilaminin antibodies in autistic children who received thimerosal-containing vaccines

  • Vijendra K. Singh
  • Wyatt H. Rivas
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/BF02256125

Cite this article as:
Singh, V.K. & Rivas, W.H. J Biomed Sci (2004) 11: 607. doi:10.1007/BF02256125

Abstract

Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder, may involve autoimmune pathogenesis. Since mercury is potentially a risk factor for autoimmunity, we conducted a study of mercury-induced antinuclear and antilaminin antibodies in autistic and normal children who had been pre-administered with thimerosal-containing vaccines. Laboratory analysis by different immunoassays showed that the serum level of these two autoimmune markers did not significantly differ between autistic and normal children. This finding suggests that the mercury as in thimerosal-containing vaccines is likely not related to autoimmune phenomenon in autism.

Key Words

AutismAutoimmunityImmunotoxicityMercuryThimerosal

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© National Science Council 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijendra K. Singh
    • 1
  • Wyatt H. Rivas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUtah State UniversityLoganUSA