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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341900/lamotrigine-loaded-poly-%C3%A9-d-l-lactide-co-caprolactone-nanoparticles-as-brain-delivery-system
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Hussein O Ammar, Mahmoud M Ghorab, Azza A Mahmoud, Iman M Higazy
Management of epilepsy requires brain delivery therapy, therefore, this study was aimed to prepare lamotrigine loaded poly-ɛ-(d,l-lactide-co-caprolactone) (PLCL) nanoparticles using spontaneous emulsification solvent diffusion method. Nanoparticles for brain delivery required to have a particle size <200 nm, polydispesity index <0.2 and a sustained drug release properties. For such aim different factors were considered in preparing the nanoparticles as PLCL monomers' ratio, type of organic solvent used to prepare the nanoparticles, amount of PLCL and Pluronic®F127 in the nanoparticles...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338667/docosahexaenoic-acid-prevents-resistance-to-antiepileptic-drugs-in-two-animal-models-of-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Melika Moezifar, Mohammad Sayyah, Morteza Zendehdel, Hakimeh Gavzan
OBJECTIVES: One-third of epileptic patients are resistant to antiepileptic drugs. Few clinical studies with small sample size indicate that polyunsaturated fatty acids could control drug-resistant epilepsy. We examined the efficacy of acute and chronic administration of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in two animal models of drug-resistant epilepsies, i.e. 6-Hz psychomotor seizures in mice and lamotrigine (LTG)-resistant kindled rats. METHODS: Mice received a single injection of DHA (300 µM, i...
January 16, 2018: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335819/nmda-receptor-glun2-subtypes-control-epileptiform-events-in-the-hippocampus
#3
Pradeep Punnakkal, Deity Dominic
NMDA receptors (NMDARs) play a key role in synaptic plasticity and excitotoxicity. Subtype-specific role of NMDAR in neural disorders is an emerging area. Recent studies have revealed that mutations in NMDARs are a cause for epilepsy. Hippocampus is a known focal point for epilepsy. In hippocampus, expression of the NMDAR subtypes GluN1/GluN2A and GluN1/GluN2B is temporally regulated. However, the pharmacological significance of these subtypes is not well understood in epileptic context/models. To investigate this, epilepsy was induced in hippocampal slices by the application of artificial cerebrospinal fluid that contained high potassium but no magnesium...
January 15, 2018: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331845/effect-of-levetiracetam-on-extracellular-amino-acid-levels-in-the-dorsal-hippocampus-of-rats-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Pichardo Macías Luz Adriana, Ramírez Mendiola Blanca Alcira, Contreras García Itzel Jatziri, Zamudio Hernández Sergio Roberto, Chávez Pacheco Juan Luis, Sánchez Huerta Karla Berenice, Mendoza Torreblanca Julieta Griselda
Levetiracetam (LEV) is an anticonvulsant drug with a unique mechanism of action that is not completely understood. However, its activity profile may involve effects on excitatory and/or inhibitory neurotransmission since the primary target of LEV, synaptic vesicle protein 2A, is ubiquitously expressed in all types of synaptic vesicles. Therefore, the objective of the present study was to explore the effect of LEV (300 mg/kg/day for one week, administered via osmotic mini-pumps) on neurotransmitter release and its probable selective effect on extracellular gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), glutamate (Glu), aspartate (Asp), glutamine (Gln), taurine (Tau) and glycine (Gly) concentrations (using in vivo microdialysis under basal and high-K+ conditions) in the dorsal hippocampus (DH), a region that undergoes major synaptic changes during epilepsy...
January 5, 2018: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331315/ethnobotany-phytochemistry-and-pharmacology-of-arctotis-arctotoides-l-f-o-hoffm-a-review
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Md Moshfekus Saleh-E-In, Johannes Van Staden
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Arctotis arctotoides (Asteraceae) is part of the genus Arctotis. Arctotis is an African genus of approximately 70 species that occur widely in the African continent with diverse medicinal values. This plant is used for the treatment of indigestion and catarrh of the stomach, epilepsy, topical wounds and skin disorders among the ethnic groups in South Africa and reported to have a wide spectrum of pharmacological properties. AIM OF THE REVIEW: The aim of the present review is to appraise the botany, traditional uses, phytochemistry, pharmacological potential, analytical methods and safety issues of A...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317649/synchrotron-generated-microbeams-induce-hippocampal-transections-in-rats
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Erminia Fardone, Benoît Pouyatos, Elke Bräuer-Krisch, Stefan Bartzsch, Hervè Mathieu, Herwig Requardt, Domenico Bucci, Giacomo Barbone, Paola Coan, Giuseppe Battaglia, Geraldine Le Duc, Alberto Bravin, Pantaleo Romanelli
Synchrotron-generated microplanar beams (microbeams) provide the most stereo-selective irradiation modality known today. This novel irradiation modality has been shown to control seizures originating from eloquent cortex causing no neurological deficit in experimental animals. To test the hypothesis that application of microbeams in the hippocampus, the most common source of refractory seizures, is safe and does not induce severe side effects, we used microbeams to induce transections to the hippocampus of healthy rats...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317612/gamma-oscillatory-activity-in-vitro-a-model-system-to-assess-pathophysiological-mechanisms-of-comorbidity-between-autism-and-epilepsy
#7
D Subramanian, E Pralong, R T Daniel, A G Chacko, R Stoop, K S Babu
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and temporal lobe epilepsy exhibit remarkable comorbidity, but for reasons not clearly understood. To reveal a common pathophysiological mechanism, we here describe and characterize an in vitro epileptiform activity in the rat hippocampus that exhibits common features with in vivo activity in rodent ASD models. We discovered the development of this activity in the CA1 region of horizontal slices after prolonged interictal-like epileptiform activity in the CA3 region that was provoked by incubation in high potassium artificial cerebrospinal fluid...
January 10, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306758/altered-expression-of-gaba-a-receptor-subunits-in-the-hippocampus-of-ptz-kindled-rats
#8
Janusz Szyndler, Piotr Maciejak, Karolina Kołosowska, Natalia Chmielewska, Anna Skórzewska, Patrycja Daszczuk, Adam Płaźnik
BACKGROUND: Changes in the expression of the GABA-A receptor subunits involved in phasic and tonic inhibition have been studied in a wide spectrum of animal models of epilepsy. However, there is no exhaustive data regarding the pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) kindling model of epilepsy. METHODS: The aim of our study was to analyse the hippocampal changes in the expression of GABA-A receptor subunits involved in phasic (α1, γ2) or tonic (α4 and δ) inhibition in rats subjected to the PTZ kindling using immunohistochemistry method as well as in animals subjected to a single injection of a subconvulsive (30 mg/kg) or convulsive (55 mg/kg) dose of PTZ...
July 16, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302214/antidepressant-drug-paroxetine-blocks-the-open-pore-of-kv3-1-potassium-channel
#9
Hyang Mi Lee, Ok Hee Chai, Sang June Hahn, Bok Hee Choi
In patients with epilepsy, depression is a common comorbidity but difficult to be treated because many antidepressants cause pro-convulsive effects. Thus, it is important to identify the risk of seizures associated with antidepressants. To determine whether paroxetine, a very potent selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), interacts with ion channels that modulate neuronal excitability, we examined the effects of paroxetine on Kv3.1 potassium channels, which contribute to highfrequency firing of interneurons, using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique...
January 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289903/intracerebroventricular-administration-of-cigarette-smoke-condensate-induced-generalized-seizures-reduced-by-muscarinic-receptor-antagonist-in-rats
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Jawad Laadraoui, Kenza Bezza, Zineb El Gabbas, Fatimazahra Marhoume, El Mehdi Wakrim, Hind Ferehan, Rachida Aboufatima, Zahra Sokar, Najib Kissani, Abderrahman Chait
Tobacco smoking is considered the greatest risk factor for early death caused by noncommunicable diseases. Currently, there are more than one billion tobacco smokers in the world predisposed to many diseases including heart attack, stroke, cancer, and premature birth or birth defects related to the consumption of cigarettes. However, studies on the association between tobacco smoking and seizures or epilepsy are insufficient and not well documented. In the present study, the authors examined the convulsive effects of the intracerebroventricular administration of cigarette smoke condensate (CSC, 2μl/Rat) in rats and compared it with the intensity of seizures in the kainic acid (KA)-induced seizure model of epilepsy...
December 28, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287214/favorable-adverse-effect-profile-of-brivaracetam-vs-levetiracetam-in-a-preclinical-model
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Nathalie T Sanon, Jonathan Gagné, Daniele C Wolf, Soumia Aboulamer, Ciprian M Bosoi, Alexe Simard, Estelle Messiet, Sébastien Desgent, Lionel Carmant
Levetiracetam (LEV), and its newer selective analog brivaracetam (BRV), are two seizure medications that share an innovative mechanism of action targeting the Synaptic Vesicle Protein 2A (SV2A), altering neurotransmitter release and decreasing seizure frequency. Behavioral changes are the most significant adverse effects reported by patients taking LEV. We hypothesize that BRV, the more potent SV2A analog, could exert less behavioral side effects, as it requires lower doses than LEV. Using Kainic Acid (KA)-treated and control rats, we measured adverse behavioral effect profiles of LEV, BRV, or Saline, on social and nonsocial behaviors...
December 26, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284373/chrysin-isolated-from-pyrus-pashia-fruit-ameliorates-convulsions-in-experimental-animals
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Priyanka Sharma, Amita Kumari, Ashu Gulati, Sairam Krishnamurthy, Siva Hemalatha
OBJECTIVE: The traditional use of the ethanolic extract of the fruit of Pyrus pashia (EPP) as a potential anticonvulsant was validated using experimental animal models. Furthermore, the anticonvulsant activity of isolated chrysin was investigated against experimental animal models to draw a possible therapeutic mechanism of EPP. Additionally, the safety profile of chrysin was evaluated to explore the possible therapeutic alternative in the management of epilepsy. METHOD: The anticonvulsant activity in terms of duration of onset of hind limb tonic extension and convulsion of standardized EPP was evaluated against maximal electroshock (MES) and pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) model of experimental epilepsy respectively...
December 28, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283181/loss-of-constitutive-functional-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-type-a-b-receptor-crosstalk-in-layer-5-pyramidal-neurons-of-human-epileptic-temporal-cortex
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Katiuscia Martinello, Miriam Sciaccaluga, Roberta Morace, Addolorata Mascia, Antonietta Arcella, Vincenzo Esposito, Sergio Fucile
OBJECTIVE: γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in adult central nervous system, and profound alterations of GABA receptor functions are linked to temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Here we describe the functional relationships between GABA receptors type B (GABAB R) and type A (GABAA R) in human temporal cortex and how TLE affects this aspect of GABAergic signaling. METHODS: Miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (mIPSCs) were recorded by patch-clamp techniques from human L5 pyramidal neurons in slices from temporal cortex tissue obtained from surgery...
December 28, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274741/a-novel-therapeutic-approach-for-treatment-of-catamenial-epilepsy
#14
Suchitra Joshi, Huayu Sun, Karthik Rajasekaran, John Williamson, Edward Perez-Reyes, Jaideep Kapur
Many women with epilepsy experience perimenstrual seizure exacerbation, referred to as catamenial epilepsy. There is no effective treatment for this condition, proposed to result from withdrawal of neurosteroid-mediated effects of progesterone. A double-blind, multicenter, phase III, clinical trial of catamenial epilepsy has failed to find a beneficial effect of progesterone. The neurosteroid-mediated effects of progesterone have been extensively studied in relation to catamenial epilepsy; however, the effects mediated by progesterone receptor activation have been overlooked...
December 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274430/divergent-brain-changes-in-two-audiogenic-rat-strains-a-voxel-based-morphometry-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging-comparison-of-the-genetically-epilepsy-prone-rat-gepr-3-and-the-wistar-audiogenic-rat-war
#15
Yichien Lee, Olga C Rodriguez, Chris Albanese, Victor Rodrigues Santos, José Antônio Cortes de Oliveira, Ana Luiza Ferreira Donatti, Artur Fernandes, Norberto Garcia-Cairasco, Prosper N'Gouemo, Patrick A Forcelli
Acoustically evoked seizures (e.g., audiogenic seizures or AGS) are common in models of inherited epilepsy and occur in a variety of species including rat, mouse, and hamster. Two models that have been particularly well studied are the genetically epilepsy prone rat (GEPR-3) and the Wistar Audiogenic Rat (WAR) strains. Acute and repeated AGS, as well as comorbid conditions, displays a close phenotypic overlap in these models. Whether these similarities arise from convergent or divergent structural changes in the brain remains unknown...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273603/tenuous-inhibitory-gabaergic-signaling-in-the-reticular-thalamus
#16
Peter M Klein, Adam Lu, Megan E Harper, Hannah M McKown, Jessica Morgan, Mark P Beenhakker
Maintenance of a low intracellular Cl- concentration ([Cl-]i) is critical for enabling inhibitory neuronal responses to GABAA receptor-mediated signaling. Cl- transporters, including KCC2, and extracellular impermeant anions ([A]o) of the extracellular matrix are both proposed to be important regulators of [Cl-]i Neurons of the reticular thalamic (RT) nucleus express reduced levels of KCC2, indicating that GABAergic signaling may produce excitation in RT neurons. However, by performing perforated patch recordings and calcium imaging experiments in rats (male and female), we find that [Cl-]i remains relatively low in RT neurons...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248452/protective-effect-of-terminalia-chebula-against-seizures-seizure-induced-cognitive-impairment-and-oxidative-stress-in-experimental-models-of-seizures-in-rats
#17
Ritesh Kumar, Renu Arora, Amit Agarwal, Y K Gupta
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Teminalia chebula (TC) has been traditionally used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine primarily for gastrointestinal disorders. Its fruit extract has also been used to treat epilepsy and other CNS disorders. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate the effect of hydroalcoholic fruit extract of Terminalia chebula (HETC) on experimental models of seizures, seizure-induced cognitive impairment and oxidative stress in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro antioxidant activity of HETC was evaluated by using ABTS, NO and DPPH radical scavenging assay...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240833/vagal-nerve-stimulation-triggers-widespread-responses-and-alters-large-scale-functional-connectivity-in-the-rat-brain
#18
Jiayue Cao, Kun-Han Lu, Terry L Powley, Zhongming Liu
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a therapy for epilepsy and depression. However, its efficacy varies and its mechanism remains unclear. Prior studies have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to map brain activations with VNS in human brains, but have reported inconsistent findings. The source of inconsistency is likely attributable to the complex temporal characteristics of VNS-evoked fMRI responses that cannot be fully explained by simplified response models in the conventional model-based analysis for activation mapping...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238892/recombinant-human-erythropoietin-protects-against-hippocampal-damage-in-developing-rats-with-seizures-by-modulating-autophagy-via-the-s6-protein-in-a-time-dependent-manner
#19
Qinrui Li, Ying Han, Junbao Du, Hongfang Jin, Jing Zhang, Manman Niu, Jiong Qin
Epilepsy is among the most common neurological disorders. Recurrent seizures result in neuronal death, cognitive deficits and intellectual disabilities in children. Currently, recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) is considered to play a neuroprotective role in nervous system disorders. However, the precise mechanisms through which rhEPO modulates epilepsy remain unknown. Based on results from numerous studies, we hypothesized that rhEPO protects against hippocampal damage in developing rats with seizures probably by modulating autophagy via the ribosomal protein S6 (S6) in a time-dependent manner...
December 13, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237529/-changes-in-the-expression-of-epha5-ephrina5-in-the-ca3-region-of-the-hippocampus-in-rats-with-epilepsy-and-their-role-in-the-pathogenesis-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#20
Tian-Tian Liu, Bo Xiao, Shu-Yu Li, Guo-Liang Li, Xiao-Qin Lu, Wei-Ping Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the changes in the expression of EphA5 and its ligand ephrinA5 in the hippocampus of rats with epilepsy and their role in the pathogenesis of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). METHODS: A total of 240 Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control group and TLE group, with 120 rats in each group. A rat model of lithium-pilocarpine TLE was established, and then the rats were divided into subgroups at 12 and 24 hours and 7, 15, 30, and 60 days after epilepsy was induced...
December 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
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