Stem cell technologies in the comprehensive treatment of autism spectrum disorders


  • T.I. Petriv State Institution “Romodanov Neurosurgery Institute of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • M.M. Tatarchuk State Institution “Romodanov Neurosurgery Institute of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Yu.V. Tsymbalyuk State Institution “Romodanov Neurosurgery Institute of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • V.I. Tsymbalyuk National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine



autism spectrum disorders, regenerative stem cell technologies, mesenchymal stem cells, review


Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is a common patho­logy diagnosed in 1 % of children, it has a significant impact on the life of patients and their relatives. ASD is an incurable disease nowadays, but early diagnosis and timely treatment and rehabilitation can improve understanding of the patient’s special needs and help with adaptation in society. A large number of factors are associated with the risk of developing ASD: low birth weight, older parents, metabolic disorders and autoimmune diseases in mother (diabetes, obesity), intrauterine infections, taking valproic acid or serotonin reuptake inhibitors, pesticide poisoning. Immune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders and intestinal dysbacteriosis are common in children with ASD. Studies of the immune status of children with ASD have confirmed the presence of pathology in at least half of them that is reflected in the pathological cytokine profile. In addition, there is a directly proportional relationship between an increase in proinflammatory cytokines and the deepening of social behavior disorders. Evidence for activation of astroglia and microglia in patients with ASD was also obtained. Given the peculiarities of the etiopathogenesis of ADS, one of the promising treatments may be cell therapy. Stem cells regenerative technologies are extremely promising in the treatment of chronic debilitating diseases of the nervous system, the effective treatment of which is currently lacking. Data from numerous in vitro, preclinical and clinical studies show a positive effect from the use of mesenchymal stem cells in a number of diseases with neuroautoimmune and neurodegenerative components. This review considers the current state of the problem of treating patients with autism spectrum disorders using regenerative stem cells technologies.


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