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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923424/orexin-and-epilepsy-potential-role-of-rem-sleep
#1
Marcus C Ng
Interest in orexin receptor antagonism as a novel mechanism of action against seizures and epilepsy has increased in recent years. Loss of orexinergic activity is associated with REM sleep onset, and REM sleep is generally protective against seizures. This paper discusses the dynamic modulation of seizure threshold by orexin through a postulated "orexi-cortical" axis in which the specific type of orexinergic activity exquisitely regulates sleep-wake states to modify ascending subcortical influences on cortical synchronization with profound subsequent consequences on seizure threshold...
November 28, 2016: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923187/sleep-eeg-patterns-in-infants-with-congenital-zika-virus-syndrome
#2
Maria Durce Costa Gomes Carvalho, Demócrito de Barros Miranda-Filho, Vanessa van der Linden, Paula Fabiana Sobral, Regina Coeli Ferreira Ramos, Maria Ângela Wanderley Rocha, Marli Tenório Cordeiro, Sarah Pinheiro de Alencar, Magda Lahorgue Nunes
OBJECTIVES: To describe sleep EEG patterns of neonates, and infants with microcephaly due to congenital Zika virus (ZikV) syndrome. METHODS: A descriptive case series of EEGs performed in a cohort of neonates with microcephaly monitored from October 2015 to February 2016 at a University Hospital in Northeast Brazil. Infants were investigated following an established protocol that includes EEG, neuroimaging studies, PCR and specific antibodies for ZikV detection...
November 14, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919294/heantos-4-a-natural-plant-extract-used-in-the-treatment-of-drug-addiction-modulates-t-type-calcium-channels-and-thalamocortical-burst-firing
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Stuart M Cain, Soyon Ahn, Esperanza Garcia, Yiming Zhang, Zeina Waheed, John R Tyson, Yi Yang, Tran Van Sung, Anthony G Phillips, Terrance P Snutch
Heantos-4 is a refined combination of plant extracts currently approved to treat opiate addiction in Vietnam. In addition to its beneficial effects on withdrawal and prevention of relapse, reports of sedation during clinical treatment suggest that arousal networks in the brain may be recruited during Heantos administration. T-type calcium channels are implicated in the generation of sleep rhythms and in this study we examined whether a Heantos-4 extraction modulates T-type calcium channel currents generated by the Cav3...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909008/trajectory-of-parvalbumin-cell-impairment-and-loss-of-cortical-inhibition-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#4
Tsung-Hsun Hsieh, Henry Hing Cheong Lee, Mustafa Qadir Hameed, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Takao K Hensch, Alexander Rotenberg
Many neuropsychiatric symptoms that follow traumatic brain injury (TBI), including mood disorders, sleep disturbance, chronic pain, and posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) are attributable to compromised cortical inhibition. However, the temporal trajectory of cortical inhibition loss and its underlying mechanisms are not known. Using paired-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (ppTMS) and immunohistochemistry, we tracked functional and cellular changes of cortical inhibitory network elements after fluid-percussion injury (FPI) in rats...
November 30, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891080/enhanced-burst-suppression-and-disruption-of-local-field-potential-synchrony-in-a-mouse-model-of-focal-cortical-dysplasia-exhibiting-spike-wave-seizures
#5
Anthony J Williams, Chen Zhou, Qian-Quan Sun
Focal cortical dysplasias (FCDs) are a common cause of brain seizures and are often associated with intractable epilepsy. Here we evaluated aberrant brain neurophysiology in an in vivo mouse model of FCD induced by neonatal freeze lesions (FLs) to the right cortical hemisphere (near S1). Linear multi-electrode arrays were used to record extracellular potentials from cortical and subcortical brain regions near the FL in anesthetized mice (5-13 months old) followed by 24 h cortical electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889818/somatosensory-reflex-seizures-in-a-child-with-epilepsy-related-to-novel-scn1a-mutation
#6
Pinar Arican, Nihal Olgac Dundar, Dilek Cavusoglu, Taha Resid Ozdemır, Pinar Gencpinar
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in SCN1A have been reported in patients with different types of epilepsy, including generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus, severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy, malignant migrating partial seizures in infancy, and other infantile epileptic encephalopathies. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 10-month-old girl presented with reflex epileptic seizures provoked by somatosensory stimuli with a novel de novo mutation of SCN1A gene. She was observed to have seizures with eye deviation, unresponsiveness provoked by somatosensory stimuli of the face...
November 26, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886561/the-stop-bang-questionnaire-improves-the-detection-of-epilepsy-patients-at-risk-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#7
Anumeha Sharma, Jennifer Molano, Brian D Moseley
Patients with epilepsy and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are at risk for worsened seizure control and quality of life. We performed a quality improvement project, evaluating for improvements in the screening of OSA in epilepsy patients using the STOP-BANG questionnaire. The electronic medical records of patients seen in our epilepsy clinic were screened for 4 months prior to the intervention. We subsequently implemented the STOP-BANG questionnaire for 3 months. Only 22/664 patients (3.3%) had their sleeping habits explored during the pre-intervention period; 11 (1...
November 18, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881627/sleep-related-hypermotor-epilepsy-long-term-outcome-in-a-large-cohort
#8
Laura Licchetta, Francesca Bisulli, Luca Vignatelli, Corrado Zenesini, Lidia Di Vito, Barbara Mostacci, Claudia Rinaldi, Irene Trippi, Ilaria Naldi, Giuseppe Plazzi, Federica Provini, Paolo Tinuper
OBJECTIVE: To assess the long-term outcome of sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy (SHE). METHODS: We retrospectively reconstructed a representative cohort of patients diagnosed with SHE according to international diagnostic criteria, sleep-related seizures ≥75% and follow-up ≥5 years. Terminal remission (TR) was defined as a period of ≥5 consecutive years of seizure freedom at the last follow-up. We used Kaplan-Meier estimates to calculate the cumulative time-dependent probability of TR and to generate survival curves...
November 23, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880966/age-dependency-of-location-of-epileptic-foci-in-continuous-spike-and-waves-during-sleep-a-parallel-to-the-posterior-anterior-trajectory-of-slow-wave-activity
#9
Bigna Katrin Bölsterli Heinzle, Thomas Bast, Hanne Critelli, Reto Huber, Bernhard Schmitt
Background Epileptic encephalopathy with continuous spike-and-waves during sleep (CSWS) occurs during childhood and is characterized by an activation of spike wave complexes during slow wave sleep. The location of epileptic foci is variable, as is etiology. A relationship between the epileptic focus and age has been shown in various focal epilepsies following a posterior-anterior trajectory, and a link to brain maturation has been proposed.We hypothesize that in CSWS, maximal spike wave activity, corresponding to the epileptic focus, is related to age and shows a posterior-anterior evolution...
November 23, 2016: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875989/interleukin-1-receptor-il-1r-mediates-epilepsy-induced-sleep-disruption
#10
Tzu-Rung Huang, Shuo-Bin Jou, Yu-Ju Chou, Pei-Lu Yi, Chun-Jen Chen, Fang-Chia Chang
BACKGROUND: Sleep disruptions are common in epilepsy patients. Our previous study demonstrates that homeostatic factors and circadian rhythm may mediate epilepsy-induced sleep disturbances when epilepsy occurs at different zeitgeber hours. The proinflammatory cytokine, interleukin-1 (IL-1), is a somnogenic cytokine and may also be involved in epileptogenesis; however, few studies emphasize the effect of IL-1 in epilepsy-induced sleep disruption. We herein hypothesized that IL-1 receptor type 1 (IL-1R1) mediates the pathogenesis of epilepsy and epilepsy-induced sleep disturbances...
November 22, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873376/extended-long-term-effects-of-cervical-vagal-nerve-stimulation-on-headache-intensity-frequency-and-affective-cognitive-headache-perception-in-drug-resistant-complex-partial-seizure-patients
#11
Bogdan Pintea, Kevin Hampel, Jan Boström, Rainer Surges, Hartmut Vatter, Ilana S Lendvai, Thomas M Kinfe
OBJECTIVES: Invasive vagal nerve stimulation (iVNS) is an established treatment option for drug-resistant focal seizures and has been assumed to diminish frequent co-incidental daily headache/migraine. However, long-term effects on cognitive/affective head pain perception, headache intensity/frequency are lacking. We therefore investigated potential iVNS-induced effects in patients with drug-resistant focal seizure and daily headache/migraine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A clinical database was used to select 325 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy treated by either iVNS plus best medical treatment (BMT) or BMT alone, compared to a healthy control group (HC)...
November 22, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866428/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-epilepsy-and-sleep-apnea-comorbidity
#12
Feng Liu, Xuefeng Wang
The comorbidity of epilepsy and sleep apnea is not uncommon. The diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apneas will improve the prognosis and the quality of life in patients with epilepsy. Areas covered: In this paper, the authors review the pathological link between sleep apnea and epilepsy and systematically analyze the current literature on the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in patients with epilepsy. This review includes studies retrieved from the PubMed, Embase and Google Scholar databases...
November 21, 2016: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859029/reactivation-of-seizure-related-changes-to-interictal-spike-shape-and-synchrony-during-postseizure-sleep-in-patients
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Mark R Bower, Michal T Kucewicz, Erik K St Louis, Fredric B Meyer, W Richard Marsh, Matt Stead, Gregory A Worrell
OBJECTIVE: Local field potentials (LFPs) arise from synchronous activation of millions of neurons, producing seemingly consistent waveform shapes and relative synchrony across electrodes. Interictal spikes (IISs) are LFPs associated with epilepsy that are commonly used to guide surgical resection. Recently, changes in neuronal firing patterns observed in the minutes preceding seizure onset were found to be reactivated during postseizure sleep, a process called seizure-related consolidation (SRC), due to similarities with learning-related consolidation...
November 18, 2016: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857049/sleep-disordered-breathing-and-excessive-daytime-sleepiness-in-patients-with-epilepsy-a-polysomnographic-study
#14
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OBJECTIVES: Epilepsy and sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) are relatively common disorders. SDB induces repetitive arousals and sleep fragmentation and may cause symptomatic epileptic seizures or hypoxic encephalopathy. Epileptic seizures change sleep architecture with increase of light sleep and reduction of REM sleep, which may lead to central apneas. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between SDB and daytime sleepiness in patients with epilepsy, who underwent polysomnography (PSG) due to problems with breathing during sleep or due to excessive daytime sleepiness...
September 18, 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833019/changes-in-serum-mirnas-following-generalized-convulsive-seizures-in-human-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#15
Rainer Surges, Anita Kretschmann, Khalid Abnaof, Marijke van Rikxoort, Kirsten Ridder, Holger Fröhlich, Bénédicte Danis, Rafal M Kaminski, Patrik Foerch, Christian E Elger, Frank Weinsberg, Alexander Pfeifer
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key regulators of gene expression and are involved in the pathomechanisms of epilepsy. MiRNAs may also serve as peripheral biomarkers of epilepsy. We investigated the miRNA profile in the blood serum of patients suffering from mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) following a single focal seizure evolving to a bilateral convulsive seizure (BCS) during video-EEG monitoring. Data of 15 patients were included in the final analysis. MiRNA expression was determined using Real Time-PCR followed by thorough bioinformatical analysis of expression levels...
December 2, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817982/from-genotype-to-phenotype-in-dravet-disease
#16
Svetlana Gataullina, Olivier Dulac
Dravet syndrome combines clonic generalized, focal or unilateral seizures, beginning within the first year of life, often triggered by hyperthermia whatever its cause, including pertussis vaccination. Long-lasting febrile seizures are frequent in infancy and repeat status epilepticus (SE) has negative prognostic value. Massive myoclonus, rare absences, complex partial seizures and generalized spikes may appear several years later. Myoclonic status may occur in childhood, but acute encephalopathy with febrile SE followed by ischemic lesions and psychomotor impairment, the most severe condition, occurs mainly within the first five years of life...
October 21, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816898/epilepsy-in-ring-chromosome-20-syndrome
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Aglaia Vignoli, Francesca Bisulli, Francesca Darra, Massimo Mastrangelo, Carmen Barba, Lucio Giordano, Katherine Turner, Elena Zambrelli, Valentina Chiesa, Stefania Bova, Isabella Fiocchi, Angela Peron, Ilaria Naldi, Giuseppe Milito, Laura Licchetta, Paolo Tinuper, Renzo Guerrini, Bernardo Dalla Bernardina, Maria Paola Canevini
OBJECTIVE: Ring chromosome 20 syndrome is characterized by severe, drug resistant childhood onset epilepsy, often accompanied by cognitive impairment. We characterized the electro-clinical phenotype and the long-term course of epilepsy in a large series. METHODS: We reviewed the electro-clinical phenotype of 25 patients (aged 8-59 years), and assessed the relationship between epilepsy severity and clinical and/or genetic variables. We also searched for reports of patients diagnosed with r(20) syndrome in the literature, included those whose clinical information was sufficiently accurate, and compared their clinical features with the ones of our patients...
December 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793780/%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-2-%C3%A2-nicotinic-receptors-stimulate-gaba-release-onto-fast-spiking-cells-in-layer-v-of-mouse-prefrontal-fr2-cortex
#18
Patrizia Aracri, Simone Meneghini, Aurora Coatti, Alida Amadeo, Andrea Becchetti
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) produce widespread and complex effects on neocortex excitability. We studied how heteromeric nAChRs regulate inhibitory post-synaptic currents (IPSCs), in fast-spiking (FS) layer V neurons of the mouse frontal area 2 (Fr2). In the presence of blockers of ionotropic glutamate receptors, tonic application of 10μM nicotine augmented the spontaneous IPSC frequency, with minor alterations of amplitudes and kinetics. These effects were studied since the 3rd postnatal week, and persisted throughout the first two months of postnatal life...
October 26, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791702/hemispherotomy-in-children-with-electrical-status-epilepticus-of-sleep
#19
Anna Jeong, Jennifer Strahle, Ananth K Vellimana, David D Limbrick, Matthew D Smyth, Mary Bertrand
OBJECTIVE Electrical status epilepticus of sleep (ESES) is a rare electrographic pattern associated with global regression, which is often poorly responsive to traditional epilepsy treatments and can have a devastating and permanent neurocognitive outcome. The authors analyzed clinical, electroencephalographic, and neuropsychological outcomes in 9 patients with refractory ESES treated with functional hemispherotomy to illustrate the wide clinical spectrum associated with the disease and explore the role of hemispherotomy in its treatment...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790138/splendor-in-the-grass-a-pilot-study-assessing-the-impact-of-medical-marijuana-on-executive-function
#20
Staci A Gruber, Kelly A Sagar, Mary K Dahlgren, Megan T Racine, Rosemary T Smith, Scott E Lukas
Currently, 25 states and Washington DC have enacted full medical marijuana (MMJ) programs while 18 states allow limited access to MMJ products. Limited access states permit low (or zero) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and high cannabidiol (CBD) products to treat specified conditions such as uncontrolled epilepsy. Although MMJ products are derived from the same plant species as recreational MJ, they are often selected for their unique cannabinoid constituents and ratios, not typically sought by recreational users, which may impact neurocognitive outcomes...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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