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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100740/epilepsy-associated-kcnq2-channels-regulate-multiple-intrinsic-properties-of-layer-2-3-pyramidal-neurons
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Zachary Niday, Virginia E Hawkins, Heun Soh, Daniel K Mulkey, Anastasios V Tzingounis
: KCNQ2 potassium channels are critical for normal brain function, as both loss-of-function and gain-of-function KCNQ2 variants can lead to various forms of neonatal epilepsy. Despite recent progress, the full spectrum of consequences as a result of KCNQ2 dysfunction in neocortical pyramidal neurons is still unknown. Here, we report that conditional ablation of Kcnq2 from mouse neocortex leads to hyperexcitability of layer 2/3 (L2/3) pyramidal neurons, exhibiting an increased input resistance and action potential frequency, as well as a reduced medium afterhyperpolarization (mAHP), a conductance partly mediated by KCNQ2 channels...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098945/frequency-of-cnksr2-mutation-in-the-x-linked-epilepsy-aphasia-spectrum
#2
John A Damiano, Rosemary Burgess, Sara Kivity, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Zaid Afawi, Ingrid E Scheffer, Samuel F Berkovic, Michael S Hildebrand
Synaptic proteins are critical to neuronal function in the brain, and their deficiency can lead to seizures and cognitive impairments. CNKSR2 (connector enhancer of KSR2) is a synaptic protein involved in Ras signaling-mediated neuronal proliferation, migration and differentiation. Mutations in the X-linked gene CNKSR2 have been described in patients with seizures and neurodevelopmental deficits, especially those affecting language. In this study, we sequenced 112 patients with phenotypes within the epilepsy-aphasia spectrum (EAS) to determine the frequency of CNKSR2 mutation within this complex set of disorders...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092846/status-epilepticus-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-how-to-avoid-misdiagnosis-in-patients-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
#3
Marika Rudler, Clémence Marois, Nicolas Weiss, Dominique Thabut, Vincent Navarro
PURPOSE: Status epilepticus (SE) in patients with cirrhosis is a rare but serious situation. Diagnosis may be difficult in emergency presentation, especially when patients present with hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Misdiagnosis must be avoided since some anti-epileptic drugs aggravate HE. In this retrospective study, we therefore assessed the frequency of SE in patients with cirrhosis, evaluated the accuracy of diagnosis and determined rates of mortality. METHOD: We reviewed data from all patients hospitalized from 2005 to 2013 in the Hepatology ICU for complications of cirrhosis with an initial diagnosis of SE...
December 27, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079431/vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-intractable-epilepsy-associated-with-scn1a-gene-abnormalities
#4
Stephen P Fulton, Kate Van Poppel, Amy L McGregor, Basanagoud Mudigoudar, James W Wheless
Mutations in the SCN1A gene cause a spectrum of epilepsy syndromes. There are 2 syndromes that are on the severe end of this spectrum. The classic severe form, Dravet syndrome, is an epileptic encephalopathy of childhood, causing cognitive decline as well as intractable seizures. Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy-Borderline (SMEIB) is a term used to include cases with similar severities as those with Dravet syndrome, but lacking a single feature of classic severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy. Vagus nerve stimulation is a nonpharmacologic treatment for intractable epilepsy...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078312/biallelic-scn10a-mutations-in-neuromuscular-disease-and-epileptic-encephalopathy
#5
Marios Kambouris, Julien Thevenon, Ariane Soldatos, Allison Cox, Joshi Stephen, Tawfeg Ben-Omran, Yasser Al-Sarraj, Hala Boulos, William Bone, James C Mullikin, Alice Masurel-Paulet, Judith St-Onge, Yannis Dufford, Corrine Chantegret, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Jamil Al-Alami, Laurence Faivre, Jean Baptiste Riviere, William A Gahl, Alexander G Bassuk, May Christine V Malicdan, Hatem El-Shanti
OBJECTIVES: Two consanguineous families, one of Sudanese ethnicity presenting progressive neuromuscular disease, severe cognitive impairment, muscle weakness, upper motor neuron lesion, anhydrosis, facial dysmorphism, and recurrent seizures and the other of Egyptian ethnicity presenting with neonatal hypotonia, bradycardia, and recurrent seizures, were evaluated for the causative gene mutation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Homozygosity mapping and whole exome sequencing (WES) identified damaging homozygous variants in SCN10A, namely c...
January 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067060/update-on-pharmacotherapy-of-myoclonic-seizures
#6
Pasquale Striano, Vincenzo Belcastro
Myoclonic seizures are brief, involuntary muscular jerks arising from the central nervous system that can occur in different epilepsy syndromes, including idiopathic generalized epilepsies or the most severe group of epileptic encephalopathies. Valproate is commonly the first choice alone or in combination with some benzodiazepines or levetiracetam. However, more treatment options exist today as there is emerging evidence to support the efficacy of some newer antiepileptic drugs. In addition, of major importance remains avoidance of medications (e...
January 8, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061363/de-novo-mutations-in-synaptic-transmission-genes-including-dnm1-cause-epileptic-encephalopathies
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January 5, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053010/mutations-in-gabrb3-from-febrile-seizures-to-epileptic-encephalopathies
#8
Rikke S Møller, Thomas V Wuttke, Ingo Helbig, Carla Marini, Katrine M Johannesen, Eva H Brilstra, Ulvi Vaher, Ingo Borggraefe, Inga Talvik, Tiina Talvik, Gerhard Kluger, Laurence L Francois, Gaetan Lesca, Julitta de Bellescize, Susanne Blichfeldt, Nicolas Chatron, Nils Holert, Julia Jacobs, Marielle Swinkels, Cornelia Betzler, Steffen Syrbe, Marina Nikanorova, Candace T Myers, Line H G Larsen, Sabina Vejzovic, Manuela Pendziwiat, Sarah von Spiczak, Sarah Hopkins, Holly Dubbs, Yuan Mang, Konstantin Mukhin, Hans Holthausen, Koen L van Gassen, Hans A Dahl, Niels Tommerup, Heather C Mefford, Guido Rubboli, Renzo Guerrini, Johannes R Lemke, Holger Lerche, Hiltrud Muhle, Snezana Maljevic
OBJECTIVE: To examine the role of mutations in GABRB3 encoding the β3 subunit of the GABAA receptor in individual patients with epilepsy with regard to causality, the spectrum of genetic variants, their pathophysiology, and associated phenotypes. METHODS: We performed massive parallel sequencing of GABRB3 in 416 patients with a range of epileptic encephalopathies and childhood-onset epilepsies and recruited additional patients with epilepsy with GABRB3 mutations from other research and diagnostic programs...
January 4, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051072/novel-homozygous-missense-variant-of-grin1-in-two-sibs-with-intellectual-disability-and-autistic-features-without-epilepsy
#9
Massimiliano Rossi, Nicolas Chatron, Audrey Labalme, Dorothée Ville, Maryline Carneiro, Patrick Edery, Vincent des Portes, Johannes R Lemke, Damien Sanlaville, Gaetan Lesca
We report on two consanguineous sibs affected with severe intellectual disability and autistic features due to a homozygous missense variant of GRIN1. Massive parallel sequencing was performed using a gene panel including 450 genes related to intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders. We found a homozygous missense variation of GRIN1 (c.679G>C; p.(Asp227His)) in the two affected sibs, which was inherited from both unaffected heterozygous parents. Heterozygous variants of GRIN1, encoding the GluN1 subunit of the NMDA receptor, have been reported in patients with neurodevelopmental disorders including epileptic encephalopathy, severe intellectual disability, and movement disorders...
January 4, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043061/fars2-mutation-and-epilepsy-possible-link-with-early-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy
#10
Jae So Cho, Seung Hyo Kim, Ha Young Kim, Taesu Chung, Dongsup Kim, Sesong Jang, Seung Bok Lee, Seung Keun Yoo, Jongyeon Shin, Jong-Il Kim, Hunmin Kim, Hee Hwang, Jong-Hee Chae, Jieun Choi, Ki Joong Kim, Byung Chan Lim
Early-onset epileptic encephalopathy (EOEE) consists of a heterogeneous group of epilepsy phenotypes. Recent technological advances in molecular biology have also rapidly expanded the genotype of EOEE. Genes involved in diverse molecular pathways, including ion channels, synaptic structure, transcription regulation, and cellular growth, have been implicated in EOEE. Mitochondrial aminoacyl tRNA synthetase, which plays a key role in mitochondrial protein synthesis by attaching 20 different amino acids to the tRNA tail, has been recently linked with the epilepsy phenotype...
December 2, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007989/cad-mutations-and-uridine-responsive-epileptic-encephalopathy
#11
Johannes Koch, Johannes A Mayr, Bader Alhaddad, Christian Rauscher, Jörgen Bierau, Reka Kovacs-Nagy, Karlien L M Coene, Ingrid Bader, Monika Holzhacker, Holger Prokisch, Hanka Venselaar, Ron A Wevers, Felix Distelmaier, Tilman Polster, Steffen Leiz, Cornelia Betzler, Tim M Strom, Wolfgang Sperl, Thomas Meitinger, Saskia B Wortmann, Tobias B Haack
Unexplained global developmental delay and epilepsy in childhood pose a major socioeconomic burden. Progress in defining the molecular bases does not often translate into effective treatment. Notable exceptions include certain inborn errors of metabolism amenable to dietary intervention. CAD encodes a multifunctional enzyme involved in de novo pyrimidine biosynthesis. Alternatively, pyrimidines can be recycled from uridine. Exome sequencing in three families identified biallelic CAD mutations in four children with global developmental delay, epileptic encephalopathy, and anaemia with anisopoikilocytosis...
December 21, 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005050/-genetics-and-treatment-of-early-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathies
#12
A A Sharkov, I V Sharkova, E D Belousova, E L Dadali
Epileptic encephalopathies (EE) are the group of progressive conditions with various etiologies that can produce neurocognitive deficit both per se and due to constant epileptiform discharges. Epileptic encephalopathies constitute about 15% of epilepsy in childhood and 40% of all seizures occurring in the first 3 years of life. Ten syndrome forms of EE are identified. Genetic factors contribute to 70-80% of all epileptic diseases and approximately 40% of idiopathic epilepsies have a monogenic mode of inheritance...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005049/-hormonal-treatment-in-west-syndrome
#13
E D Belousova, I V Shulyakova, T G Okhapkina
West syndrome is one of the most well-known epileptic encephalopathies, a catastrophic epilepsy syndrome with onset in the first year of life. Prognosis of this condition depends on the etiology and adequate treatment. The authors review the hormonal treatment of West syndrome. Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) is used in USA and its synthetic analogue tetracosactide is used in Europe. Both of the drugs are not registered in the Russian Federation. The data on the efficacy of corticosteroids, including prednisolone, are contradictory...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005047/-the-diagnosis-of-idiopathic-epilepsy-in-children-based-on-the-algorithm-of-molecular-genetic-studies
#14
T V Kozhanova, S S Zhilina, S O Aivazyan, T V Anan'eva, A A Abramov, M S Belenikin, T I Meshcheryakova, G R Mutovin, N N Zavadenko
AIM: To study mutations and polymorphisms in the sodium channels genes, determining the development of idiopathic epilepsy (IE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study of SCN1A gene by direct Sanger sequencing in 53 patients and targeted resequencing of the regions of 34 genes in 40 patients with different clinical forms of IE was performed. RESULTS: Seven mutations (c.3022G>T, c.3637C>T, c.1144G>T, c.80G>C, c.1603C>T, c.2427G>A and c...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989601/epileptic-spasms-175-years-on-trying-to-teach-an-old-dog-new-tricks
#15
Jo M Wilmshurst, Roland C Ibekwe, Finbar J K O'Callaghan
PURPOSE: This text provides an overview of how the condition "infantile spasms" has evolved in the last 175 years. METHOD: Key references are summarised to assimilate this review. RESULTS: Infantile spasms, first described by Dr West in 1841, has undergone extensive investigation to understand the pathogenesis, aetiologies, optimal intervention and most likely prognosis for the affected child. The terminology has recently evolved such that the preferred term for the condition is now "epileptic spasms" in recognition of the fact that cases can present outside infancy...
December 6, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956813/epileptic-encephalopathy-due-to-brat1-pathogenic-variants
#16
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Siddharth Srivastava, Sakkubai Naidu
Investigators from Institut für Medizinische Genetik und Humangenetik have highlighted the role of compound heterozygous BRAT1 variants in two German brothers with variable presentations of intractable epilepsy, poor development, postnatal microcephaly, hypertonia, apnea, and infantile/childhood death.
December 2016: Pediatric neurology briefs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934621/drug-resistant-epilepsy-after-treatment-for-childhood-acute-lymphocytic-leukaemia-from-focal-epilepsy-to-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
#17
Karina A González-Otárula, Blanca Mercedes Álvarez, François Dubeau
Drug-resistant epilepsy, not associated with acute brain complications or central nervous system leukaemic involvement, can develop in patients treated for acute lymphocytic leukaemia during childhood. It has been postulated that this rare complication may be due to CNS oncological treatment neurotoxicity, related to intrathecal drugs, such as methotrexate, and brain radiotherapy. We report four patients who developed drug-resistant epilepsy sometime after receiving treatment for acute lymphocytic leukaemia...
December 1, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927575/novel-mutation-in-a-patient-with-late-onset-glut1-deficiency-syndrome
#18
Sandra Juozapaite, Ruta Praninskiene, Birute Burnyte, Laima Ambrozaityte, Birute Skerliene
Glucose transporter 1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1-DS) is an inborn error of metabolism caused by impaired glucose transport through blood brain barrier due to mutation in SLC2A1 gene, encoding transporter protein. Clinical spectrum includes various signs and symptoms, ranging from severe epileptic encephalopathy to movement disorders. The diagnosis of GLUT1-DS requires hypoglycorrhachia in the presence of normoglycaemia with a reduced cerebrospinal fluid (CSF):plasma glucose ratio. The absence of pathogenic mutation in SLC2A1 gene does not exclude the diagnosis...
December 5, 2016: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923529/total-corpus-callosotomy-for-epileptic-spasms-after-acute-encephalopathy-with-biphasic-seizures-and-late-reduced-diffusion-aesd-in-a-case-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#19
Tohru Okanishi, Ayataka Fujimoto, Hirotaka Motoi, Sotaro Kanai, Mitsuyo Nishimura, Tomohiro Yamazoe, Atsushi Takagi, Takamichi Yamamoto, Hideo Enoki
Corpus callosotomy is a palliative therapy for refractory epilepsy, including West syndrome, without a resectable epileptic focus. The surgical outcome of corpus callosotomy is relatively favorable in cryptogenic (non-lesional) West syndrome. Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a disorder that frequently leads to the development of refractory seizures by multiple cortical tubers. The multiple cortical tubers cause multiple or wide epileptic networks in these cases. Most of West syndrome cases in TSC with multiple tubers need additional resective surgery after corpus callosotomy...
December 3, 2016: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920148/epilepsy-associated-kcnq2-channels-regulate-multiple-intrinsic-properties-of-layer-2-3-pyramidal-neurons
#20
Zachary Niday, Virginia E Hawkins, Heun Soh, Daniel K Mulkey, Anastasios V Tzingounis
: KCNQ2 potassium channels are critical for normal brain function, as both loss- and gain-of-function KCNQ2 variants can lead to various forms of neonatal epilepsy. Despite recent progress, the full spectrum of consequences as a result of KCNQ2 dysfunction in neocortical pyramidal neurons is still unknown. Here, we report that conditional ablation of Kcnq2 from mouse neocortex leads to hyperexcitability of layer 2/3 (L2/3) pyramidal neurons, exhibiting an increased input resistance and action potential frequency, as well as a reduced medium afterhyperpolarization (mAHP), a conductance partly mediated by KCNQ2 channels...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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