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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031192/growth-and-endocrine-function-in-children-with-dravet-syndrome
#1
Krista Eschbach, Sharon Scarbro, Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, Victoria Allen, Stephanie Hsu, Kelly Knupp
PURPOSE: Dravet syndrome is an intractable childhood epilepsy syndrome most often associated with an SCN1A mutation. In our clinical practice, several patients with Dravet syndrome were noted to have short stature and endocrine dysfunction. This has not been reported in the literature. Our study aim was to describe growth measurements and endocrine abnormalities in children with Dravet syndrome. METHOD: A retrospective chart review was performed at a single institution...
September 29, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982531/parental-perception-of-comorbidities-in-children-with-dravet-syndrome
#2
Kelly G Knupp, Sharon Scarbro, Greta Wilkening, Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, Allison Kempe, Amanda Dempsey
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that children with Dravet syndrome may have additional common features beyond seizures and cognitive impairment. To address this gap in knowledge, we conducted a survey of caregivers of children with Dravet syndrome to identify and quantify their perception of associated symptoms in this population. METHODS: An electronic survey was developed in REDcap (Research Electronic Data Capture) and sent via e-mail to the participants on the Dravet Syndrome Foundation e-mail list...
June 20, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951233/identification-of-two-mutations-in-cis-in-the-scn1a-gene-in-a-family-showing-genetic-epilepsy-with-febrile-seizures-plus-gefs-and-idiopathic-generalized-epilepsy-ige
#3
N Binini, G Sancini, C Villa, R Dal Magro, V Sansoni, R Rusconi, M Mantegazza, D Grioni, F Talpo, M Toselli, R Combi
Mutations in the SCN1A gene causing either loss or gain of function have been frequently found in patients affected by genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+) or Dravet syndrome (also named severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy SMEI). By mutation screening of the SCN1A gene, we identified for the first time a case of two missense mutations in cis (p.[Arg1525Gln;Thr297Ile]) in all affected individuals of an Italian family showing GEFS+ and idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE). The p.Arg1525Gln mutation was not previously reported yet and was predicted to be pathological by prediction tools, whereas the p...
September 23, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880996/dravet-syndrome-and-its-mimics-beyond-scn1a
#4
REVIEW
Dora Steel, Joseph D Symonds, Sameer M Zuberi, Andreas Brunklaus
OBJECTIVE: Dravet syndrome (DS) is a severe developmental and epileptic encephalopathy characterized by the onset of prolonged febrile and afebrile seizures in infancy, and evolving to drug-resistant epilepsy with accompanying cognitive, behavioral, and motor impairment. Most cases are now known to be caused by pathogenic variants in the sodium channel gene SCN1A, but several other genes have also been implicated. This review examines current understanding of the role of non-SCN1A genes in DS, and what is known about phenotypic similarities and differences...
September 7, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865303/defects-at-the-crossroads-of-gabaergic-signaling-in-generalized-genetic-epilepsies
#5
REVIEW
Jing-Qiong Kang
Seizure disorders are very common and affect 3% of the general population. The recurrent unprovoked seizures that are also called epilepsies are highly diverse as to both underlying genetic basis and clinic presentations. Recent genetic advances and sequencing technologies indicate that many epilepsies previously thought to be without known causes, or idiopathic generalized epilepsies (IGEs), are virtually genetic epilepsy as they are caused by genetic variations. IGEs are estimated to account for ∼15-20% of all epilepsies...
August 26, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837158/high-frequency-of-mosaic-pathogenic-variants-in-genes-causing-epilepsy-related-neurodevelopmental-disorders
#6
Mary Beth Stosser, Amanda S Lindy, Elizabeth Butler, Kyle Retterer, Caitlin M Piccirillo-Stosser, Gabriele Richard, Dianalee A McKnight
PurposeMosaicism probably represents an underreported cause of genetic disorders due to detection challenges during routine molecular diagnostics. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the frequency of mosaicism detected by next-generation sequencing in genes associated with epilepsy-related neurodevelopmental disorders.MethodsWe conducted a retrospective analysis of 893 probands with epilepsy who had a multigene epilepsy panel or whole-exome sequencing performed in a clinical diagnostic laboratory and were positive for a pathogenic or likely pathogenic variant in one of nine genes (CDKL5, GABRA1, GABRG2, GRIN2B, KCNQ2, MECP2, PCDH19, SCN1A, or SCN2A)...
August 24, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812061/behavioral-comorbidities-and-drug-treatments-in-a-zebrafish-scn1lab-model-of-dravet-syndrome
#7
Brian P Grone, Tiange Qu, Scott C Baraban
Loss-of-function mutations in SCN1A cause Dravet syndrome (DS), a catastrophic childhood epilepsy in which patients experience comorbid behavioral conditions, including movement disorders, sleep abnormalities, anxiety, and intellectual disability. To study the functional consequences of voltage-gated sodium channel mutations, we use zebrafish with a loss-of-function mutation in scn1lab, a zebrafish homolog of human SCN1A. Homozygous scn1lab(s552/s552) mutants exhibit early-life seizures, metabolic deficits, and early death...
July 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794249/not-all-scn1a-epileptic-encephalopathies-are-dravet-syndrome-early-profound-thr226met-phenotype
#8
Lynette G Sadleir, Emily I Mountier, Deepak Gill, Suzanne Davis, Charuta Joshi, Catherine DeVile, Manju A Kurian, Simone Mandelstam, Elaine Wirrell, Katherine C Nickels, Hema R Murali, Gemma Carvill, Candace T Myers, Heather C Mefford, Ingrid E Scheffer
OBJECTIVE: To define a distinct SCN1A developmental and epileptic encephalopathy with early onset, profound impairment, and movement disorder. METHODS: A case series of 9 children were identified with a profound developmental and epileptic encephalopathy and SCN1A mutation. RESULTS: We identified 9 children 3 to 12 years of age; 7 were male. Seizure onset was at 6 to 12 weeks with hemiclonic seizures, bilateral tonic-clonic seizures, or spasms...
September 5, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753467/the-association-of-scn1a-p-thr1067ala-polymorphism-with-epilepsy-risk-and-the-response-to-antiepileptic-drugs-in-slovenian-children-and-adolescents-with-epilepsy
#9
Sara Bertok, Vita Dolžan, Katja Goričar, Katarina Trebušak Podkrajšek, Tadej Battelino, Zvonka Rener-Primec
PURPOSE: The voltage-gated sodium channel SCN1A mutations are involved in epileptogenesis and may be associated with different epilepsy phenotypes. The SCN1A channel is also an important antiepileptic drug (AED) target. The aim of this study was to investigate if the SCN1A c.3184A>G/p.Thr1067Ala polymorphism modifies the epilepsy risk or is associated with the responsiveness to AEDs in Slovenian children and adolescents with epilepsy. METHODS: In total, 216 paediatric patients with epilepsy were consecutively recruited during routine outpatient follow-up visits between January 2011 and December 2014...
October 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732259/dravet-syndrome-characteristics-comorbidities-and-caregiver-concerns
#10
Nicole Villas, Mary Anne Meskis, Sue Goodliffe
The Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF) conducted the largest in-depth survey of parents and caregivers of patients with Dravet syndrome (DS) to date, in order to (1) identify top concerns among caregivers, (2) establish an approximate frequency of characteristics and comorbidities of DS beyond seizures, and (3) provide direction for clinicians and researchers looking to study the effects of DS on the patient and family unit. Two hundred fifty-six responses were received representing a patient age range of 9months to 32years with a median age group of 7-10years (IQR=8)...
July 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709814/the-therapeutic-implication-of-a-novel-scn2a-mutation-associated-early-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy-with-rett-like-features
#11
Jao-Shwann Liang, Li-Ju Lin, Ming-Tao Yang, Jinn-Shyan Wang, Jyh-Feng Lu
Epileptic encephalopathies are highly heterogeneous and phenotypical disorders with different underlying genetic defects. Mutations in the SCN2A gene cause different epilepsy syndromes, including epilepsy of infancy with migrating focal seizures, Ohtahara syndrome, and West syndrome. We utilized a targeted next generation sequencing (NGS) approach on a girl with early-onset seizures and Rett-like features, including autistic behavior, limited hand function with chorea, and profound intellectual disability, to identify novel missense mutation (c...
July 11, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690234/-pcdh19-gene-mutations-lead-to-epilepsy-with-mental-retardation-limited-to-females-in-2-cases-and-literature-review
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Li Yang, Ahmed Arafat, Jing Peng, Chen Chen, Yuping Ma, Fei Yin
Epilepsy with mental retardation limited to females (EFMR) is a syndrome characterized by early onset heat-sensitive epilepsy of infancy or early childhood and generally limited to females, which previously reported that the cadherin gene superfamily subtype protocadherin 19 (PCDH19) gene is its pathogenic gene. We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data for 2 cases of EFMR patients with PCDH19 mutation diagnosed by Department of Pediatric Neurology of Xiangya Hospital, Central South University in 2015. Literature on PubMed, OMIM and HGMD relevant to this syndrome was reviewed, and the clinical characteristics were summarized accordingly...
June 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686619/rare-variants-of-small-effect-size-in-neuronal-excitability-genes-influence-clinical-outcome-in-japanese-cases-of-scn1a-truncation-positive-dravet-syndrome
#13
Michael F Hammer, Atsushi Ishii, Laurel Johnstone, Alexander Tchourbanov, Branden Lau, Ryan Sprissler, Brian Hallmark, Miao Zhang, Jin Zhou, Joseph Watkins, Shinichi Hirose
Dravet syndrome (DS) is a rare, devastating form of childhood epilepsy that is often associated with mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel gene, SCN1A. There is considerable variability in expressivity within families, as well as among individuals carrying the same primary mutation, suggesting that clinical outcome is modulated by variants at other genes. To identify modifier gene variants that contribute to clinical outcome, we sequenced the exomes of 22 individuals at both ends of a phenotype distribution (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683344/age-related-sleep-nocturnal-tonic-and-tonic-clonic-seizure-clusters-are-underdiagnosed-in-patients-with-dravet-syndrome
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Emma Losito, Matthieu Kuchenbuch, Nicole Chemaly, Jacques Laschet, Catherine Chiron, Anna Kaminska, Rima Nabbout
OBJECTIVES: To describe the semiology and EEG characteristics of the age-related pattern of sleep/nocturnal (S/N) seizures in patients with Dravet Syndrome (DS). METHODS: We retrospectively analysed the clinical and EEG data of DS patients followed at our reference centre for Rare Epilepsies. We included patients aged two years and older who fulfilled clinical and EEG criteria of DS (ILAE 1989). Genetic testing for SCN1A was done in all, followed by PCDH19 if this was negative...
July 3, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664031/large-scale-structural-alteration-of-brain-in-epileptic-children-with-scn1a-mutation
#15
Yun-Jeong Lee, Mi-Sun Yum, Min-Jee Kim, Woo-Hyun Shim, Hee Mang Yoon, Il Han Yoo, Jiwon Lee, Byung Chan Lim, Ki Joong Kim, Tae-Sung Ko
OBJECTIVE: Mutations in SCN1A gene encoding the alpha 1 subunit of the voltage gated sodium channel are associated with several epilepsy syndromes including genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS +) and severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI). However, in most patients with SCN1A mutation, brain imaging has reported normal or non-specific findings including cerebral or cerebellar atrophy. The aim of this study was to investigate differences in brain morphometry in epileptic children with SCN1A mutation compared to healthy control subjects...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635024/a-small-molecule-activator-of-nav-1-1-channels-increases-fast-spiking-interneuron-excitability-and-gabaergic-transmission-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-has-anti-convulsive-effects-in%C3%A2-vivo
#16
Kristen Frederiksen, Dunguo Lu, Jinhui Yang, Henrik Sindal Jensen, Jesper Frank Bastlund, Peter Hjørringgaard Larsen, Henry Liu, François Crestey, Kim Dekermendjian, Lassina Badolo, Morten Laursen, Charlotte Hougaard, Charles Yang, Niels Svenstrup, Morten Grunnet
Nav 1.1 (SCN1A) channels primarily located in gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic fast-spiking interneurons are pivotal for action potential generation and propagation in these neurons. Inappropriate function of fast-spiking interneurons, leading to disinhibition of pyramidal cells and network desynchronization, correlates with decreased cognitive capability. Further, reduced functionality of Nav 1.1 channels is linked to various diseases in the central nervous system. There is, at present, however no subtype selective pharmacological activators of Nav 1...
August 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615892/molecular-genetics-of-epilepsy-a-clinician-s-perspective
#17
REVIEW
Vikas Dhiman
Epilepsy is a common neurological problem, and there is a genetic basis in almost 50% of people with epilepsy. The diagnosis of genetic epilepsies makes the patient assured of the reasons of his/her seizures and avoids unnecessary, expensive, and invasive investigations. Last decade has shown tremendous growth in gene sequencing technologies, which have made genetic tests available at the bedside. Whole exome sequencing is now being routinely used in the clinical setting for making a genetic diagnosis. Genetic testing not only makes the diagnosis but also has an effect on the management of the patients, for example, the role of sodium channels blockers in SCN1A+ Dravet syndrome patients and usefulness of ketogenic diet therapy in SLC2A1+ generalized epilepsy patients...
April 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593511/de-novo-exonic-duplication-of-atp1a2-in-italian-patient-with-hemiplegic-migraine-a-case-report
#18
Stella Gagliardi, Gaetano Salvatore Grieco, Francesca Gualandi, Luisa Maria Caniatti, Elisabetta Groppo, Marialuisa Valente, Giuseppe Nappi, Marcella Neri, Cristina Cereda
BACKGROUND: Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine is a rare form of migraine headache. Mutations in three different genes, two ion-channel genes and one encoding an ATP exchanger, CACNA1A, ATP1A2 and SCN1A are all responsible for the FHM phenotype, thus indicating a genetic heterogeneity for this disorder. Here, we described a de novo exonic duplication of ATP1A2 in an Italian patient with Hemiplegic Migraine. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the case of a young woman (33 year old) who suffered from the age of 8 years of episodic weakness of the limbs, associated to other subjective and objective features...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565819/genetic-basis-of-pediatric-epilepsy-syndromes
#19
Dongli Zhang, Xiaoming Liu, Xingqiang Deng
Childhood epilepsy affects ~0.5-1% in the general population worldwide. Early-onset epileptic encephalopathies are considered to be severe neurological disorders, which lead to impaired motor, cognitive, and sensory development due to recurrence of seizures. Many of the observed epilepsy phenotypes are associated with specific chromosomal imbalances and thus display gene dosage effects, and also specific mutations of a variety of genes ranging from ion channels to transcription factors. High throughput sequencing technologies and whole exome sequencing have led to the recognition of several new candidate genes with a possible role in the pathogenesis of epileptic encephalopathies...
May 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556246/cacna1g-is-a-genetic-modifier-of-epilepsy-in-a-mouse-model-of-dravet-syndrome
#20
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...
August 2017: Epilepsia
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