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Philipp Sebastian Reif, Meng-Han Tsai, Ingo Helbig, Felix Rosenow, Karl Martin Klein
Therapy with current antiepileptic drugs aims at reducing the likelihood of seizure occurrence rather than influencing the underlying disease process. Therefore, antiepileptic drugs have an anticonvulsant rather than antiepileptic property. Areas covered: The increasing identification of genetic causes for epilepsy over the recent years improves the understanding of the underlying epileptogenic process and allows for the possibility of directed therapeutic approaches. An ideal antiepileptic therapy consists of a drug which is able to influence the functional changes caused by a specific pathogenic variant...
October 26, 2016: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Rikke S Møller, Line H G Larsen, Katrine M Johannesen, Inga Talvik, Tiina Talvik, Ulvi Vaher, Maria J Miranda, Muhammad Farooq, Jens E K Nielsen, Lene Lavard Svendsen, Ditte B Kjelgaard, Karen M Linnet, Qin Hao, Peter Uldall, Mimoza Frangu, Niels Tommerup, Shahid M Baig, Uzma Abdullah, Alfred P Born, Pia Gellert, Marina Nikanorova, Kern Olofsson, Birgit Jepsen, Dragan Marjanovic, Lana I K Al-Zehhawi, Sofia J Peñalva, Bente Krag-Olsen, Klaus Brusgaard, Helle Hjalgrim, Guido Rubboli, Deb K Pal, Hans A Dahl
In recent years, several genes have been causally associated with epilepsy. However, making a genetic diagnosis in a patient can still be difficult, since extensive phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity has been observed in many monogenic epilepsies. This study aimed to analyze the genetic basis of a wide spectrum of epilepsies with age of onset spanning from the neonatal period to adulthood. A gene panel targeting 46 epilepsy genes was used on a cohort of 216 patients consecutively referred for panel testing...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Steffen Syrbe, Boris S Zhorov, Astrid Bertsche, Matthias K Bernhard, Frauke Hornemann, Ulrike Mütze, Jessica Hoffmann, Konstanze Hörtnagel, Wieland Kiess, Franz W Hirsch, Johannes R Lemke, Andreas Merkenschlager
Mutations in SCN2A have been associated with benign familial neonatal-infantile seizures (BFNIS) as well as infantile-onset epileptic encephalopathy, such as Ohtahara syndrome (OS). We describe a family with 3 affected individuals carrying the novel SCN2A missense variant c.1147C>G, p.Q383E affecting a residue proximal to the highly conserved selectivity filter in the P-loop of the voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.2). All 3 individuals presented with seizures in early infancy. However, there were striking differences in the spectrum of clinical presentations, ranging from BFNIS to OS...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Sarenur Gokben, Huseyin Onay, Sanem Yilmaz, Tahir Atik, Gul Serdaroglu, Hande Tekin, Ferda Ozkinay
We investigated the genetic background of early-onset epileptic encephalopathy (EE) using targeted next generation sequencing analysis. Thirty sporadic or familial cases associated with early-onset EE were included. An early-onset EE gene panel including sixteen genes (ARX, CDKL5, CNTNAP2, FOLR1, FOXG1, LAMC3, MBD5, MECP2, NTNG1, PCDH19, PNKP, SCN1A, SCN1B, SCN2A, STXBP1, KCNQ2) was constituted. Nine definite and three potential causal mutations in 30 cases (40 %) were identified. All mutations presented heterozygously except one...
October 12, 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Mark A Corbett, Susannah T Bellows, Melody Li, Renée Carroll, Silvana Micallef, Gemma L Carvill, Candace T Myers, Katherine B Howell, Snezana Maljevic, Holger Lerche, Elena V Gazina, Heather C Mefford, Melanie Bahlo, Samuel F Berkovic, Steven Petrou, Ingrid E Scheffer, Jozef Gecz
OBJECTIVE: To identify the genetic basis of a family segregating episodic ataxia, infantile seizures, and heterogeneous epilepsies and to study the phenotypic spectrum of KCNA2 mutations. METHODS: A family with 7 affected individuals over 3 generations underwent detailed phenotyping. Whole genome sequencing was performed on a mildly affected grandmother and her grandson with epileptic encephalopathy (EE). Segregating variants were filtered and prioritized based on functional annotations...
October 12, 2016: Neurology
Fiona M Baumer, Jurriaan M Peters, Christelle M El Achkar, Phillip L Pearl
Voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav) are critical regulators of neuronal excitability. Genes for the α-subunits of three sodium channel subtypes-SCN1A, SCN2A, and SCN3A-are all located on chromosome 2q24. A full-term boy with an unremarkable birth history presented at 1 month of age with unusual movements that had started on day of life 2. Exam was notable for lack of visual attention, hypotonia, and hyperreflexia. Electroencephalogram (EEG) showed an invariant burst suppression with multifocal spikes, ictal episodes with bicycling movements associated with buildups of rhythmic activity, and epileptic spasms...
March 2016: Journal of Pediatric Epilepsy
Eija Gaily, Markus Lommi, Risto Lapatto, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki
OBJECTIVE: Population-based studies on infantile epilepsy syndromes are scarce. Our aim was to provide syndrome-specific data on the incidence and outcome of epilepsy in a population-based cohort of infants with epilepsy onset in the first year. METHODS: Included were all infants born in 1997 through 2006 whose epileptic seizures started before 12 months of age and who were residents of the Helsinki University Hospital district at the time of seizure onset. Patients were ascertained from hospital statistics, and all patient charts were reviewed...
October 2016: Epilepsia
M Saitoh, K Kobayashi, I Ohmori, Y Tanaka, K Tanaka, T Inoue, A Horino, K Ohmura, A Kumakura, Y Takei, S Hirabayashi, M Kajimoto, T Uchida, S Yamazaki, T Shiihara, T Kumagai, M Kasai, H Terashima, M Kubota, M Mizuguchi
Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES), or acute encephalitis with refractory, repetitive partial seizures (AERRPS), is an epileptic encephalopathy beginning with fever-mediated seizures. The etiology remains unclear. To elucidate the genetic background of FIRES/AERRPS (hereafter FIRES), we recruited 19 Japanese patients, genotyped polymorphisms of the IL1B, IL6, IL10, TNFA, IL1RN, SCN1A and SCN2A genes, and compared their frequency between the patients and controls. For IL1RN, the frequency of a variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR) allele, RN2, was significantly higher in the patients than in controls (p=0...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Heather M Walline, Christine M Komarck, Jonathan B McHugh, Emily L Bellile, J Chad Brenner, Mark E Prince, Erin L McKean, Douglas B Chepeha, Gregory T Wolf, Francis P Worden, Carol R Bradford, Thomas E Carey
: High-risk HPV (hrHPV) is the leading etiologic factor in oropharyngeal cancer. HPV-positive oropharyngeal tumors generally respond well to therapy, with complete recovery in approximately 80% of patients. However, it remains unclear why some patients are non-responsive to treatment, with 20% of patients recurring within 5 years. In this study, viral factors were examined for possible clues to differences in tumor behavior. Oropharynx tumors that responded well to therapy were compared to those that persisted and recurred...
July 15, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Emma L Leach, Clara D M van Karnebeek, Katelin N Townsend, Maja Tarailo-Graovac, Juliette Hukin, William T Gibson
INTRODUCTION: Episodic ataxia (EA) is characterized by paroxysmal attacks of ataxia interspersed by asymptomatic periods. Dominant mutations or copy number variants in CACNA1A are a well-known cause of EA. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: This boy presented with clinical features of episodic ataxia, and also showed cerebellar atrophy, hypotonia, autism and global developmental delay at age 4 years. Acetazolamide prevented further episodes of ataxia, dystonia and encephalopathy...
September 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Ewa Pronicka, Dorota Piekutowska-Abramczuk, Elżbieta Ciara, Joanna Trubicka, Dariusz Rokicki, Agnieszka Karkucińska-Więckowska, Magdalena Pajdowska, Elżbieta Jurkiewicz, Paulina Halat, Joanna Kosińska, Agnieszka Pollak, Małgorzata Rydzanicz, Piotr Stawinski, Maciej Pronicki, Małgorzata Krajewska-Walasek, Rafał Płoski
BACKGROUND: Whole-exome sequencing (WES) has led to an exponential increase in identification of causative variants in mitochondrial disorders (MD). METHODS: We performed WES in 113 MD suspected patients from Polish paediatric reference centre, in whom routine testing failed to identify a molecular defect. WES was performed using TruSeqExome enrichment, followed by variant prioritization, validation by Sanger sequencing, and segregation with the disease phenotype in the family...
2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Ann-Charlotte Thuresson, Griet Van Buggenhout, Frenny Sheth, Mahesh Kamate, Joris Andrieux, Jill Clayton Smith, Cecilia Soussi Zander
Duplications at 2q24.3 encompassing the voltage-gated sodium channel gene cluster are associated with early onset epilepsy. All cases described in the literature have presented in addition with different degrees of intellectual disability, and have involved neighbouring genes in addition to the sodium channel gene cluster. Here we report eight new cases with overlapping duplications at 2q24 ranging from 0.05 Mb to 7.63 Mb in size. Taken together with the previously reported cases, our study suggests that having an extra copy of SCN2A has an effect on epilepsy pathogenesis, causing benign familial infantile seizures which eventually disappear at the age of one to two years...
May 6, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Jeffrey D Calhoun, Nicole A Hawkins, Nicole J Zachwieja, Jennifer A Kearney
More than 1,200 mutations in neuronal voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) genes have been identified in patients with several epilepsy syndromes. A common feature of genetic epilepsies is variable expressivity among individuals with the same mutation. The Scn2a(Q54) transgenic mouse model has a mutation in Scn2a that results in spontaneous epilepsy. Scn2a(Q54) phenotype severity varies depending on the genetic strain background, making it a useful model for identifying and characterizing epilepsy modifier genes...
June 2016: Epilepsia
Natalie Trump, Amy McTague, Helen Brittain, Apostolos Papandreou, Esther Meyer, Adeline Ngoh, Rodger Palmer, Deborah Morrogh, Christopher Boustred, Jane A Hurst, Lucy Jenkins, Manju A Kurian, Richard H Scott
BACKGROUND: We sought to investigate the diagnostic yield and mutation spectrum in previously reported genes for early-onset epilepsy and disorders of severe developmental delay. METHODS: In 400 patients with these disorders with no known underlying aetiology and no major structural brain anomaly, we analysed 46 genes using a combination of targeted sequencing on an Illumina MiSeq platform and targeted, exon-level microarray copy number analysis. RESULTS: We identified causative mutations in 71/400 patients (18%)...
May 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
Tychele N Turner, Fereydoun Hormozdiari, Michael H Duyzend, Sarah A McClymont, Paul W Hook, Ivan Iossifov, Archana Raja, Carl Baker, Kendra Hoekzema, Holly A Stessman, Michael C Zody, Bradley J Nelson, John Huddleston, Richard Sandstrom, Joshua D Smith, David Hanna, James M Swanson, Elaine M Faustman, Michael J Bamshad, John Stamatoyannopoulos, Deborah A Nickerson, Andrew S McCallion, Robert Darnell, Evan E Eichler
We performed whole-genome sequencing (WGS) of 208 genomes from 53 families affected by simplex autism. For the majority of these families, no copy-number variant (CNV) or candidate de novo gene-disruptive single-nucleotide variant (SNV) had been detected by microarray or whole-exome sequencing (WES). We integrated multiple CNV and SNV analyses and extensive experimental validation to identify additional candidate mutations in eight families. We report that compared to control individuals, probands showed a significant (p = 0...
January 7, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Yuanyuan Zhao, Qiaobing Sun, Zhipeng Zeng, Qianqian Li, Shiyuan Zhou, Mengchen Zhou, Yumei Xue, Xiang Cheng, Yunlong Xia, Qing Wang, Xin Tu
BACKGROUND: In the initiation and maintenance of arrhythmia, inflammatory processes play an important role. IL-2 is a pro-inflammatory factor which is associated with the morbidity of arrhythmias, however, how IL-2 affects the cardiac electrophysiology is still unknown. METHODS: In the present study, we observed the effect of IL-2 by qRT-PCR on the transcription of ion channel genes including SCN2A, SCN3A, SCN4A, SCN5A, SCN9A, SCN10A, SCN1B, SCN2B, SCN3B, KCNN1, KCNJ5, KCNE1, KCNE2, KCNE3, KCND3, KCNQ1, KCNA5, KCNH2 and CACNA1C...
2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Nicole A Hawkins, Jennifer A Kearney
Mutations in voltage-gated sodium channel genes cause several types of human epilepsies. Often, individuals with the same sodium channel mutation exhibit diverse phenotypes. This suggests that factors beyond the primary mutation influence disease severity, including genetic modifiers. Mouse epilepsy models with voltage-gated sodium channel mutations exhibit strain-dependent phenotype variability, supporting a contribution of genetic modifiers in epilepsy. The Scn2a(Q54) (Q54) mouse model has a strain-dependent epilepsy phenotype...
January 2016: Epilepsy Research
Nicholas M Allen, Judith Conroy, Amre Shahwan, Bryan Lynch, Raony G Correa, Sergio D J Pena, Dara McCreary, Tiago R Magalhães, Sean Ennis, Sally A Lynch, Mary D King
Early onset epileptic encephalopathies (EOEEs) represent a significant diagnostic challenge. Newer genomic approaches have begun to elucidate an increasing number of responsible single genes as well as emerging diagnostic strategies. In this single-center study, we aimed to investigate a cohort of children with unexplained EOEE. We performed whole-exome sequencing (WES), targeting a list of 137 epilepsy-associated genes on 50 children with unexplained EOEE. We characterized all phenotypes in detail and classified children according to known electroclinical syndromes where possible...
January 2016: Epilepsia
Gabriella A Horvath, Michelle Demos, Casper Shyr, Allison Matthews, Linhua Zhang, Simone Race, Sylvia Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Margot I Van Allen, Ogan Mancarci, Lilah Toker, Paul Pavlidis, Colin J Ross, Wyeth W Wasserman, Natalie Trump, Simon Heales, Simon Pope, J Helen Cross, Clara D M van Karnebeek
We describe neurotransmitter abnormalities in two patients with drug-resistant epilepsy resulting from deleterious de novo mutations in sodium channel genes. Whole exome sequencing identified a de novo SCN2A splice-site mutation (c.2379+1G>A, p.Glu717Gly.fs*30) resulting in deletion of exon 14, in a 10-year old male with early onset global developmental delay, intermittent ataxia, autism, hypotonia, epileptic encephalopathy and cerebral/cerebellar atrophy. In the cerebrospinal fluid both homovanillic acid and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid were significantly decreased; extensive biochemical and genetic investigations ruled out primary neurotransmitter deficiencies and other known inborn errors of metabolism...
January 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
N Schwarz, A Hahn, T Bast, S Müller, H Löffler, S Maljevic, E Gaily, I Prehl, S Biskup, T Joensuu, A-E Lehesjoki, B A Neubauer, H Lerche, U B S Hedrich
Mutations in SCN2A cause epilepsy syndromes of variable severity including neonatal-infantile seizures. In one case, we previously described additional childhood-onset episodic ataxia. Here, we corroborate and detail the latter phenotype in three further cases. We describe the clinical characteristics, identify the causative SCN2A mutations and determine their functional consequences using whole-cell patch-clamping in mammalian cells. In total, four probands presented with neonatal-onset seizures remitting after five to 13 months...
February 2016: Journal of Neurology
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