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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584888/autism-spectrum-disorder-neuropathology-and-animal-models
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Merina Varghese, Neha Keshav, Sarah Jacot-Descombes, Tahia Warda, Bridget Wicinski, Dara L Dickstein, Hala Harony-Nicolas, Silvia De Rubeis, Elodie Drapeau, Joseph D Buxbaum, Patrick R Hof
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has a major impact on the development and social integration of affected individuals and is the most heritable of psychiatric disorders. An increase in the incidence of ASD cases has prompted a surge in research efforts on the underlying neuropathologic processes. We present an overview of current findings in neuropathology studies of ASD using two investigational approaches, postmortem human brains and ASD animal models, and discuss the overlap, limitations, and significance of each...
June 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556246/cacna1g-is-a-genetic-modifier-of-epilepsy-in-a-mouse-model-of-dravet-syndrome
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Jeffrey D Calhoun, Nicole A Hawkins, Nicole J Zachwieja, Jennifer A Kearney
Dravet syndrome, an early onset epileptic encephalopathy, is most often caused by de novo mutation of the neuronal voltage-gated sodium channel gene SCN1A. Mouse models with deletion of Scn1a recapitulate Dravet syndrome phenotypes, including spontaneous generalized tonic-clonic seizures, susceptibility to seizures induced by elevated body temperature, and elevated risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Importantly, the epilepsy phenotype of Dravet mouse models is highly strain-dependent, suggesting a strong influence of genetic modifiers...
May 28, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544625/a-mutation-in-gabrb3-associated-with-dravet-syndrome
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Sy Vinh Le, Phan Hoang Truc Le, Thi Khanh Van Le, Thi Thuy Kieu Huynh, Thi Thu Hang Do
Dravet syndrome is a rare and severe type of epilepsy in infants. Approximately, 70-80% of patients with Dravet syndrome have mutations in SCN1A, the gene encoding the alpha-1 subunit of the sodium channel, while some simplex patients have variants in one of several other genes, including but not limited to GABRA1, SCN2A, STXBP1, GABRG2, and SCN1B. In this study, we performed exome sequencing in six patients with SCN1A-negative Dravet syndrome to identify other genes related to this disorder. In one affected individual, we detected a novel de novo heterozygous missense variant, c...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518218/comparison-and-optimization-of-in-silico-algorithms-for-predicting-the-pathogenicity-of-sodium-channel-variants-in-epilepsy
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Katherine D Holland, Thomas M Bouley, Paul S Horn
OBJECTIVE: Variants in neuronal voltage-gated sodium channel α-subunits genes SCN1A, SCN2A, and SCN8A are common in early onset epileptic encephalopathies and other autosomal dominant childhood epilepsy syndromes. However, in clinical practice, missense variants are often classified as variants of uncertain significance when missense variants are identified but heritability cannot be determined. Genetic testing reports often include results of computational tests to estimate pathogenicity and the frequency of that variant in population-based databases...
May 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489313/in-utero-seizures-revealing-dentato-olivary-dysplasia-caused-by-scn2a-mutation
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Fanny Sauvestre, Sébastien Moutton, Catherine Badens, Bernard Broussin, Dominique Carles, Nada Houcinat, Caroline Lacoste, Florent Marguet, Christophe Pecheux, Laurent Villard, Fanny Pelluard, Annie Laquerrière, Gwenaëlle André
Most early-onset epileptic encephalopathies (EOEE) are caused by genetic defects. In the past, mutations, especially in genes encoding sodium channels, have been identified using linkage studies, array-CGH and more recently next-generation sequencing (NGS) [1]. Mutations in SCN2A gene have been identified in a wide variety of early-onset epileptic syndromes including benign familial neonatal infantile seizures (BFNIS) [2] and more severe forms leading to encephalopathy such as Ohtahara or West syndromes [3], epilepsy of infancy with migrating focal seizures (EIMFS) [4] and autism spectrum disorders [5]...
May 10, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471432/assessment-of-the-exac-data-set-for-the-presence-of-individuals-with-pathogenic-genotypes-implicated-in-severe-mendelian-pediatric-disorders
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Maja Tarailo-Graovac, Jing Yun Alice Zhu, Allison Matthews, Clara D M van Karnebeek, Wyeth W Wasserman
PurposeWe analyzed the Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC) data set for the presence of individuals with pathogenic genotypes implicated in Mendelian pediatric disorders.MethodsClinVar likely/pathogenic variants supported by at least one peer-reviewed publication were assessed within the ExAC database to identify individuals expected to exhibit a childhood disorder based on concordance with disease inheritance modes: heterozygous (for dominant), homozygous (for recessive) or hemizygous (for X-linked recessive conditions)...
May 4, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379373/genetic-and-phenotypic-heterogeneity-suggest-therapeutic-implications-in-scn2a-related-disorders
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Markus Wolff, Katrine M Johannesen, Ulrike B S Hedrich, Silvia Masnada, Guido Rubboli, Elena Gardella, Gaetan Lesca, Dorothée Ville, Mathieu Milh, Laurent Villard, Alexandra Afenjar, Sandra Chantot-Bastaraud, Cyril Mignot, Caroline Lardennois, Caroline Nava, Niklas Schwarz, Marion Gérard, Laurence Perrin, Diane Doummar, Stéphane Auvin, Maria J Miranda, Maja Hempel, Eva Brilstra, Nine Knoers, Nienke Verbeek, Marjan van Kempen, Kees P Braun, Grazia Mancini, Saskia Biskup, Konstanze Hörtnagel, Miriam Döcker, Thomas Bast, Tobias Loddenkemper, Lily Wong-Kisiel, Friedrich M Baumeister, Walid Fazeli, Pasquale Striano, Robertino Dilena, Elena Fontana, Federico Zara, Gerhard Kurlemann, Joerg Klepper, Jess G Thoene, Daniel H Arndt, Nicolas Deconinck, Thomas Schmitt-Mechelke, Oliver Maier, Hiltrud Muhle, Beverly Wical, Claudio Finetti, Reinhard Brückner, Joachim Pietz, Günther Golla, Dinesh Jillella, Karen M Linnet, Perrine Charles, Ute Moog, Eve Õiglane-Shlik, John F Mantovani, Kristen Park, Marie Deprez, Damien Lederer, Sandrine Mary, Emmanuel Scalais, Laila Selim, Rudy Van Coster, Lieven Lagae, Marina Nikanorova, Helle Hjalgrim, G Christoph Korenke, Marina Trivisano, Nicola Specchio, Berten Ceulemans, Thomas Dorn, Katherine L Helbig, Katia Hardies, Hannah Stamberger, Peter de Jonghe, Sarah Weckhuysen, Johannes R Lemke, Ingeborg Krägeloh-Mann, Ingo Helbig, Gerhard Kluger, Holger Lerche, Rikke S Møller
Mutations in SCN2A, a gene encoding the voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.2, have been associated with a spectrum of epilepsies and neurodevelopmental disorders. Here, we report the phenotypes of 71 patients and review 130 previously reported patients. We found that (i) encephalopathies with infantile/childhood onset epilepsies (≥3 months of age) occur almost as often as those with an early infantile onset (<3 months), and are thus more frequent than previously reported; (ii) distinct phenotypes can be seen within the late onset group, including myoclonic-atonic epilepsy (two patients), Lennox-Gastaut not emerging from West syndrome (two patients), and focal epilepsies with an electrical status epilepticus during slow sleep-like EEG pattern (six patients); and (iii) West syndrome constitutes a common phenotype with a major recurring mutation (p...
March 4, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334922/scn2a-deletion-improves-survival-and-brain-heart-dynamics-in-the-kcna1-null-mouse-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep
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Vikas Mishra, Bharat K Karumuri, Nicole M Gautier, Rui Liu, Timothy N Hutson, Stephanie L Vanhoof-Villalba, Ioannis Vlachos, Leonidas Iasemidis, Edward Glasscock
People with epilepsy have greatly increased probability of premature mortality due to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Identifying which patients are most at risk of SUDEP is hindered by a complex genetic etiology, incomplete understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and lack of prognostic biomarkers. Here we evaluated heterozygous Scn2a gene deletion (Scn2a+/-) as a protective genetic modifier in the Kcna1 knockout mouse (Kcna1-/-) model of SUDEP, while searching for biomarkers of SUDEP risk embedded in electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG) recordings...
June 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256214/opposing-effects-on-nav1-2-function-underlie-differences-between-scn2a-variants-observed-in-individuals-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-or-infantile-seizures
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Roy Ben-Shalom, Caroline M Keeshen, Kiara N Berrios, Joon Y An, Stephan J Sanders, Kevin J Bender
BACKGROUND: Variants in the SCN2A gene that disrupt the encoded neuronal sodium channel NaV1.2 are important risk factors for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delay, and infantile seizures. Variants observed in infantile seizures are predominantly missense, leading to a gain of function and increased neuronal excitability. How variants associated with ASD affect NaV1.2 function and neuronal excitability are unclear. METHODS: We examined the properties of 11 ASD-associated SCN2A variants in heterologous expression systems using whole-cell voltage-clamp electrophysiology and immunohistochemistry...
January 27, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254201/unusual-association-of-scn2a-epileptic-encephalopathy-with-severe-cortical-dysplasia-detected-by-prenatal-mri
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Silvia Bernardo, Enrica Marchionni, Sabrina Prudente, Paola De Liso, Alberto Spalice, Antonella Giancotti, Lucia Manganaro, Antonio Pizzuti
We present an atypical association of SCN2A epileptic encephalopathy with severe cortical dysplasia. SCN2A mutations are associated with epileptic syndromes from benign to extremely severe in absence of such macroscopic brain findings. Prenatal MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) in a 32 weeks fetus, with US (Ultrasonography) diagnosis of isolated ventriculomegaly showed CNS (Central Nervous System) dysplasia characterized by lack of differentiation between cortical and subcortical layers, pachygyria and corpus callosum dysgenesis...
May 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235671/scn3a-deficiency-associated-with-increased-seizure-susceptibility
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Tyra Lamar, Carlos G Vanoye, Jeffrey Calhoun, Jennifer C Wong, Stacey B B Dutton, Benjamin S Jorge, Milen Velinov, Andrew Escayg, Jennifer A Kearney
Mutations in voltage-gated sodium channels expressed highly in the brain (SCN1A, SCN2A, SCN3A, and SCN8A) are responsible for an increasing number of epilepsy syndromes. In particular, mutations in the SCN3A gene, encoding the pore-forming Nav1.3 α subunit, have been identified in patients with focal epilepsy. Biophysical characterization of epilepsy-associated SCN3A variants suggests that both gain- and loss-of-function SCN3A mutations may lead to increased seizure susceptibility. In this report, we identified a novel SCN3A variant (L247P) by whole exome sequencing of a child with focal epilepsy, developmental delay, and autonomic nervous system dysfunction...
June 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137877/camkii-modulates-sodium-current-in-neurons-from-epileptic-scn2a-mutant-mice
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Christopher H Thompson, Nicole A Hawkins, Jennifer A Kearney, Alfred L George
Monogenic epilepsies with wide-ranging clinical severity have been associated with mutations in voltage-gated sodium channel genes. In the Scn2a(Q54) mouse model of epilepsy, a focal epilepsy phenotype is caused by transgenic expression of an engineered NaV1.2 mutation displaying enhanced persistent sodium current. Seizure frequency and other phenotypic features in Scn2a(Q54) mice depend on genetic background. We investigated the neurophysiological and molecular correlates of strain-dependent epilepsy severity in this model...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133863/genetics-and-genotype-phenotype-correlations-in-early-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy-with-burst-suppression
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Heather E Olson, McKenna Kelly, Christopher M LaCoursiere, Rebecca Pinsky, Dimira Tambunan, Catherine Shain, Sriram Ramgopal, Masanori Takeoka, Mark H Libenson, Kristina Julich, Tobias Loddenkemper, Eric D Marsh, Devorah Segal, Susan Koh, Michael S Salman, Alex R Paciorkowski, Edward Yang, Ann M Bergin, Beth Rosen Sheidley, Annapurna Poduri
OBJECTIVE: We sought to identify genetic causes of early onset epileptic encephalopathies with burst suppression (Ohtahara syndrome and early myoclonic encephalopathy) and evaluate genotype-phenotype correlations. METHODS: We enrolled 33 patients with a referral diagnosis of Ohtahara syndrome or early myoclonic encephalopathy without malformations of cortical development. We performed detailed phenotypic assessment including seizure presentation, electroencephalography, and magnetic resonance imaging...
March 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065826/scn2a-p-ala263val-variant-a-phenotype-of-neonatal-seizures-followed-by-paroxysmal-ataxia-in-toddlers
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Kathleen Mary Gorman, Mary Dolores King
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005047/-the-diagnosis-of-idiopathic-epilepsy-in-children-based-on-the-algorithm-of-molecular-genetic-studies
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T V Kozhanova, S S Zhilina, S O Aivazyan, T V Anan'eva, A A Abramov, M S Belenikin, T I Meshcheryakova, G R Mutovin, N N Zavadenko
AIM: To study mutations and polymorphisms in the sodium channels genes, determining the development of idiopathic epilepsy (IE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study of SCN1A gene by direct Sanger sequencing in 53 patients and targeted resequencing of the regions of 34 genes in 40 patients with different clinical forms of IE was performed. RESULTS: Seven mutations (c.3022G>T, c.3637C>T, c.1144G>T, c.80G>C, c.1603C>T, c.2427G>A and c...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956748/association-of-rare-missense-variants-in-the-second-intracellular-loop-of-nav1-7-sodium-channels-with-familial-autism
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M Rubinstein, A Patowary, I B Stanaway, E McCord, R R Nesbitt, M Archer, T Scheuer, D Nickerson, W H Raskind, E M Wijsman, R Bernier, W A Catterall, Z Brkanac
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder often accompanied by intellectual disability, language impairment and medical co-morbidities. The heritability of autism is high and multiple genes have been implicated as causal. However, most of these genes have been identified in de novo cases. To further the understanding of familial autism, we performed whole-exome sequencing on five families in which second- and third-degree relatives were affected. By focusing on novel and protein-altering variants, we identified a small set of candidate genes...
December 13, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918244/polymorphisms-of-abat-scn2a-and-aldh5a1-may-affect-valproic-acid-responses-in-the-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-chinese
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Xi Li, Jun Zhang, Xi Wu, Han Yan, Yin Zhang, Ruo-Hui He, Yong-Jun Tang, Yi-Jing He, Dan Tan, Xiao-Yuan Mao, Ji-Ye Yin, Zhao-Qian Liu, Hong-Hao Zhou, Jie Liu
AIM: The clinical efficacy of valproic acid (VPA) varies greatly among epileptic patients. To find the potential genetic factors related to VPA responses, the pharmacogenetics study was conducted. METHODS: Two hundred and one Chinese Han epileptic patients who were treated by VPA for at least 1 year were recruited. Up to 24 SNPs in 11 candidate genes that correlate with the metabolism, transport or target of VPA were genotyped. RESULTS: Three SNPs, rs1731017 (ABAT), rs2304016 (SCN2A) and rs1054899 (ALDH5A1) were found associated with VPA responses with the p-values of 0...
December 2016: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888506/rapid-and-safe-response-to-low-dose-carbamazepine-in-neonatal-epilepsy
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Tristan T Sands, Martina Balestri, Giulia Bellini, Sarah B Mulkey, Olivier Danhaive, Eliza Hayes Bakken, Maurizio Taglialatela, Michael S Oldham, Federico Vigevano, Gregory L Holmes, Maria Roberta Cilio
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate treatment responses in benign familial neonatal epilepsy (BFNE). METHODS: We recruited patients with BFNE through a multicenter international collaboration and reviewed electroclinical and genetic details, and treatment response. All patients were tested at minimum for mutations/deletions in the KCNQ2, KCNQ3, and SCN2A genes. RESULTS: Nineteen patients were included in this study. A family history of neonatal seizures was positive in 16 patients, and one additional patient had a family history of infantile seizures...
December 2016: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882351/activity-of-nav1-2-promotes-neurodegeneration-in-an-animal-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Benjamin Schattling, Walid Fazeli, Birgit Engeland, Yuanyuan Liu, Holger Lerche, Dirk Isbrandt, Manuel A Friese
Counteracting the progressive neurological disability caused by neuronal and axonal loss is the major unmet clinical need in multiple sclerosis therapy. However, the mechanisms underlying irreversible neuroaxonal degeneration in multiple sclerosis and its animal model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) are not well understood. A long-standing hypothesis holds that the distribution of voltage-gated sodium channels along demyelinated axons contributes to neurodegeneration by increasing neuroaxonal sodium influx and energy demand during CNS inflammation...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876397/efficacy-of-sodium-channel-blockers-in-scn2a-early-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Robertino Dilena, Pasquale Striano, Elena Gennaro, Laura Bassi, Sara Olivotto, Laura Tadini, Fabio Mosca, Sergio Barbieri, Federico Zara, Monica Fumagalli
BACKGROUND: Recent clinical evidence supports a targeted therapeutic approach for genetic epileptic encephalopathies based on the molecular dysfunction. PATIENT DESCRIPTION: A 2-day-old male infant presented with epileptic encephalopathy characterized by burst-suppression EEG background and tonic-clonic migrating partial seizures. The condition was refractory to phenobarbital, pyridoxine, pyridoxal phosphate and levetiracetam, but a dramatic response to an intravenous loading dose of phenytoin was documented by video-EEG monitoring...
April 2017: Brain & Development
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