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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217811/-quantitative-evaluation-of-inhibitory-effects-of-epileptic-spikes-on-theta-rhythms-in-the-network-of-hippocampal-ca3-and-entorhinal-cortex-in-patients-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Man-Ling Ge, Jun-Dan Guo, Sheng-Hua Chen, Ji-Chang Zhang, Xiao-Xuan Fu, Yu-Min Chen
Epileptic spike is an indicator of hyper-excitability and hyper-synchrony in the neural networks. The inhibitory effects of spikes on theta rhythms (4-8 Hz) might be helpful to understand the mechanism of epileptic damage on the cognitive functions. To quantitatively evaluate the inhibitory effects of spikes on theta rhythms, intracerebral electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings with both sporadic spikes (SSs) and spike-free transient period between adjacent spikes were selected in 4 patients in the status of rapid eyes movement (REM) sleep with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) under the pre-surgical monitoring...
February 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217440/rapidly-progressive-cognitive-impairment-with-neuropsychiatric-symptoms-as-the-initial-manifestation-of-status-epilepticus
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Jorge A Mutis, Jesús H Rodríguez, Mauricio O Nava-Mesa
The purpose of this article is to describe the clinical and electroencephalographic features of patients diagnosed with non-convulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) with uncommon cognitive and behavioral involvement. We present two cases with sub-acute cognitive impairment and neuropsychiatric disorders (including anxiety and transient behavioral changes) as their first manifestation of NCSE. A neuropsychological profile demonstrated executive dysfunction. In addition, the neurological examination revealed automatisms and 24-hour video EEG showed epileptiform activity...
2017: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214985/melatonin-alleviates-the-epilepsy-associated-impairments-in-hippocampal-ltp-and-spatial-learning-through-rescue-of-surface-glur2-expression-at-hippocampal-ca1-synapses
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Yue Ma, Xiaolong Sun, Juan Li, Ruihua Jia, Fang Yuan, Dong Wei, Wen Jiang
Epilepsy-associated cognitive impairment is common, and negatively impacts patients' quality of life. However, most antiepileptic drugs focus on the suppression of seizures, and fewer emphasize treatment of cognitive dysfunction. Melatonin, an indolamine synthesized primarily in the pineal grand, is reported to be neuroprotective against several central nervous system disorders. In this study, we investigated whether melatonin could reverse cognitive dysfunction in lithium-pilocarpine treated rats. Chronic treatment with melatonin (8 mg/kg daily for 15 days) after induction of status epilepticus significantly alleviated seizure severity, reduced neuronal death in the CA1 region of the hippocampus, improved spatial learning (as measured by the Morris water maze test), and reversed LTP impairments, compared to vehicle treatment...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214048/psychosocial-and-behavioral-functioning-and-their-relationship-to-seizure-timing-in-children-with-benign-epilepsy-with-centrotemporal-spikes
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Gonca Bektaş, Uğur Tekin, Edibe Pembegül Yıldız, Tuğçe Aksu Uzunhan, Burak Tatlı, Nur Aydınlı, Mine Çalışkan, Meral Özmen
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial and behavioral problems have been reported in children with benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS). Distinctive features of typical BECTS associated with cognitive and behavioral problems have not clearly been defined. PURPOSE: We aimed to identify psychosocial and behavioral functioning and their relationship to seizure timing in BECTS. METHODS: Consecutive patients with BECTS were recruited from the pediatric neurology outpatient clinic between May 2015 and May 2016...
February 14, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213372/effect-of-topiramate-and-zonisamide-on-fmri-cognitive-networks
#5
Britta Wandschneider, Jane Burdett, Lucy Townsend, Andrea Hill, Pamela J Thompson, John S Duncan, Matthias J Koepp
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of topiramate (TPM), zonisamide (ZNS), and levetiracetam (LEV) on cognitive network activations in patients with focal epilepsy using an fMRI language task. METHODS: In a retrospective, cross-sectional study, we identified patients from our clinical database of verbal fluency fMRI studies who were treated with either TPM (n = 32) or ZNS (n = 51). We matched 62 patients for clinical measures who took LEV but not TPM or ZNS. We entered antiepileptic comedications as nuisance variables and compared out-of-scanner psychometric measures for verbal fluency and working memory between groups...
February 17, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212850/human-astrocytes-in-the-diseased-brain
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Elena Dossi, Flora Vasile, Nathalie Rouach
Astrocytes are key active elements of the brain that contribute to information processing. They not only provide neurons with metabolic and structural support, but also regulate neurogenesis and brain wiring. Furthermore, astrocytes modulate synaptic activity and plasticity in part by controlling the extracellular space volume, as well as ion and neurotransmitter homeostasis. These findings, together with the discovery that human astrocytes display contrasting characteristics with their rodent counterparts, point to a role for astrocytes in higher cognitive functions...
February 13, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212175/advances-in-epilepsy-gene-discovery-and-implications-for-epilepsy-diagnosis-and-treatment
#7
Joseph D Symonds, Sameer M Zuberi, Michael R Johnson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Epilepsy genetics is shifting from the academic pursuit of gene discovery to a clinical discipline based on molecular diagnosis and stratified medicine. We consider the latest developments in epilepsy genetics and review how gene discovery in epilepsy is influencing the clinical classification of epilepsy and informing new therapeutic approaches and drug discovery. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies highlighting the importance of mutation in GABA receptors, NMDA receptors, potassium channels, G-protein coupled receptors, mammalian target of rapamycin pathway and chromatin remodeling are discussed...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209266/changes-in-functional-organization-and-functional-connectivity-during-story-listening-in-children-with-benign-childhood-epilepsy-with-centro-temporal-spikes
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Jennifer Vannest, Thomas C Maloney, Jeffrey R Tenney, Jerzy P Szaflarski, Diego Morita, Anna W Byars, Mekibib Altaye, Scott K Holland, Tracy A Glauser
Children with Benign Epilepsy with Centrotemporal Spikes (BECTS), despite high likelihood for seizure remission, are reported to have subtle difficulties in language and other cognitive skills. We used functional MRI and a story listening task to examine the effect of BECTS on patterns of activation and connectivity. Language and cognitive skills were assessed using standardized measures. Twenty-four children with recently diagnosed BECTS and 40 typically-developing children participated. In a functionally-defined region of interest in right inferior frontal gyrus, BECTS patients showed a lower level of activation...
February 13, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207852/tetraspanin-6-a-novel-regulator-of-hippocampal-synaptic-transmission-and-long-term-plasticity
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Isabel H Salas, Zsuzsanna Callaerts-Vegh, Amaia M Arranz, Francesc X Guix, Rudi D'Hooge, José A Esteban, Bart De Strooper, Carlos G Dotti
Tetraspanins (Tspan) are transmembrane proteins with important scaffold and signalling functions. Deletions of Tetraspanin 6 (Tspan6) gene, a member of the tetraspanin family, have been reported in patients with Epilepsy Female-restricted with Mental Retardation (EFMR). Interestingly, mutations in Tspan7, highly homologous to Tspan6, are associated with X-linked intellectual disability, suggesting that these two proteins are important for cognition. Considering recent evidences showing that Tspan7 plays a key role in synapse development and AMPAR trafficking, we initiated the study of Tspan6 in synaptic function using a Tspan6 knock out mouse model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207604/memory-rehabilitation-strategies-in-nonsurgical-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-a-review
#10
Alessandra Del Felice, Marzia Alderighi, Matteo Martinato, Davide Grisafi, Anna Bosco, Pamela J Thompson, Josemir W Sander, Stefano Masiero
People with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) who have not undergone epilepsy surgery often complain of memory deficits. Cognitive rehabilitation is employed as a remedial intervention in clinical settings, but research is limited and findings concerning efficacy and the criteria for choosing different approaches have been inconsistent. We aimed to appraise existing evidence on memory rehabilitation in nonsurgical individuals with temporal lobe epilepsy and to ascertain the effectiveness of specific strategies. A scoping review was preferred given the heterogeneous nature of the interventions...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202262/cognitive-and-behavioral-effects-of-new-antiepileptic-drugs-in-pediatric-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Romina Moavero, Marta Elena Santarone, Cinzia Galasso, Paolo Curatolo
BACKGROUND: In pediatric epilepsy, neurodevelopmental comorbidities could be sometimes even more disabling than seizures themselves, therefore it is crucial for the clinicians to understand how to benefit these children, and to choose the proper antiepileptic drug for the treatment of epilepsy associated to a specific neurodevelopmental disorder. Aim of this paper is to discuss the potential impact on cognition and behavior of new and newest AEDs and to guide the choice of the clinicians for a targeted use in epilepsy associated with specific neurodevelopmental disorders...
February 12, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195438/from-rest-to-language-task-task-activation-selects-and-prunes-from-broader-resting-state-network
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Gaelle E Doucet, Xiaosong He, Michael R Sperling, Ashwini Sharan, Joseph I Tracy
Resting-state networks (RSNs) show spatial patterns generally consistent with networks revealed during cognitive tasks. However, the exact degree of overlap between these networks has not been clearly quantified. Such an investigation shows promise for decoding altered functional connectivity (FC) related to abnormal language functioning in clinical populations such as temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). In this context, we investigated the network configurations during a language task and during resting state using FC...
February 14, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193882/neuronal-hyperexcitability-in-a-mouse-model-of-scn8a-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Luis F Lopez-Santiago, Yukun Yuan, Jacy L Wagnon, Jacob M Hull, Chad R Frasier, Heather A O'Malley, Miriam H Meisler, Lori L Isom
Patients with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE) experience severe seizures and cognitive impairment and are at increased risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). EIEE13 [Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) # 614558] is caused by de novo missense mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel gene SCN8A Here, we investigated the neuronal phenotype of a mouse model expressing the gain-of-function SCN8A patient mutation, p.Asn1768Asp (Nav1.6-N1768D). Our results revealed regional and neuronal subtype specificity in the effects of the N1768D mutation...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193596/vegf-regulates-hippocampal-neurogenesis-and-reverses-cognitive-deficits-in-immature-rats-after-status-epilepticus-through-the-vegf-r2-signaling-pathway
#14
Wei Han, Xiaojie Song, Rong He, Tianyi Li, Li Cheng, Lingling Xie, Hengsheng Chen, Li Jiang
Epilepsy is the most common chronic disease in children, who exhibit a higher risk for status epilepticus (SE) than adults. Hippocampal neurogenesis is altered by epilepsy, particularly in the immature brain, which may influence cognitive development. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) represents an attractive target to modulate brain function at the neurovascular interface and is a double-edged sword in seizures. We used the lithium-pilocarpine-induced epilepsy model in immature Sprague-Dawley rats to study the effects of VEGF on hippocampal neurogenesis in the acute phase and on long-term cognitive behaviors in immature rats following status epilepticus (SE)...
February 10, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188402/-alzheimer-s-disease-and-epilepsy
#15
R Haussmann, T Mayer, W Schrempf, M Donix
Data regarding the incidence and prevalence of epileptic seizures in Alzheimer's disease show great variability and are clinically underestimated due to their atypical symptomatology. Considering their considerable negative effects on cognition and activities of daily living, epileptic seizures need to be correctly treated. Hypotheses with respect to the pathogenetic mechanisms and associations between Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy are mostly derived from animal experiments. The causal connections are so far insufficiently understood...
February 10, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188025/vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-children-a-focus-on-intellectual-disability
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REVIEW
Jo Sourbron, Sylvia Klinkenberg, Alfons Kessels, Helenius Jurgen Schelhaas, Lieven Lagae, Marian Majoie
INTRODUCTION: Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) can be an efficacious add-on treatment in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy, who are not eligible for surgery. Evidence of VNS efficacy in children with intellectual disability (ID) is scarce. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to review all available VNS data in the pediatric population (≤18 years old) and focus on the subpopulation with ID since appropriate treatment of these children is often challenging and complex...
January 30, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187363/epilepsy-birth-weight-and-academic-school-readiness-in-canadian-children-data-from-the-national-longitudinal-study-of-children-and-youth
#17
A N Prasad, B Corbett
PURPOSE: Birth weight is an important indicator of prenatal/in-utero environment. Variations in birth weight have been reportedly associated with risks for cognitive problems. The National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) dataset was explored to examine relationships between birth weight, academic school readiness and epilepsy. METHODS: A population based sample of 32,900 children of the NLSCY were analyzed to examine associations between birth weight, and school readiness scores in 4-5-year-old children...
January 12, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185967/intraoperative-ct-and-nexframe-guided-placement-of-bilateral-hippocampal-based-responsive-neurostimulation-a-technical-note
#18
Kunal Gupta, Jeffrey S Raskin, Ahmed M Raslan
INTRODUCTION: Surgical resection of a lesion that correlates with seizure onset in patients with epilepsy can dramatically improve seizure burden and quality of life. For bilateral hippocampal lesions, bilateral resection comes with a risk of severe cognitive deficits. Responsive neurostimulation (RNS) devices offers a new modality to treat multifocal lesions in a reversible manner, including bilateral hippocampal stimulation. We describe technical aspects of Nexframe-assisted placement of bilateral NeuroPace mesial temporal electrodes, and case examples...
February 6, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178321/ampa-glua1-flip-targeted-oligonucleotide-therapy-reduces-neonatal-seizures-and-hyperexcitability
#19
Nicole M Lykens, David J Coughlin, Jyoti M Reddi, Gordon J Lutz, Melanie K Tallent
Glutamate-activated α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors (AMPA-Rs) mediate the majority of excitatory neurotransmission in brain and thus are major drug targets for diseases associated with hyperexcitability or neurotoxicity. Due to the critical nature of AMPA-Rs in normal brain function, typical AMPA-R antagonists have deleterious effects on cognition and motor function, highlighting the need for more precise modulators. A dramatic increase in the flip isoform of alternatively spliced AMPA-R GluA1 subunits occurs post-seizure in humans and animal models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173649/-a-novel-mutation-in-kcnb1-gene-in-a-child-with-neuropsychiatric-comorbidities-with-both-intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy-and-review-of-literature
#20
P Miao, J Peng, C Chen, N Gai, F Yin
Objective: To explore the association between the phenotype and KCNB1 gene mutation. Method: Clinical information including physical features, laboratory and genetic data of one patient of mental retardation with refractory epilepsy from Department of Pediatrics, Xiangya Hospital in January 2016 was analyzed. This patient was discovered to have KCNB1 gene mutations through whole exome sequencing. Relevant information about KCNB1 gene mutation was searched and collected from Pubmed, CNKI, Human Gene Mutation Database(HGMD) and Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man(OMIM)...
February 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
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