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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817111/prospective-cohort-study-for-identification-of-underlying-genetic-causes-in-neonatal-encephalopathy-using-whole-exome-sequencing
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Theodora U J Bruun, Caro-Lyne DesRoches, Diane Wilson, Vann Chau, Tadashi Nakagawa, Masahiro Yamasaki, Shinya Hasegawa, Toshiyuki Fukao, Christian Marshall, Saadet Mercimek-Andrews
PurposeNeonatal encephalopathy, which is characterized by a decreased level of consciousness, occurs in 1-7/1,000 live-term births. In more than half of term newborns, there is no identifiable etiological factor. To identify underlying genetic defects, we applied whole-exome sequencing (WES) in term newborns with neonatal encephalopathy as a prospective cohort study.MethodsTerm newborns with neonatal encephalopathy and no history of perinatal asphyxia were included. WES was performed using patient and both parents' DNA...
August 17, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815871/clinical-and-molecular-characterization-of-de-novo-loss-of-function-variants-in-hnrnpu
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Magalie S Leduc, Hsiao-Tuan Chao, Chunjing Qu, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Rui Xiao, Pilar Magoulas, Shujuan Pan, Joke Beuten, Weimin He, Jonathan A Bernstein, Christian P Schaaf, Fernando Scaglia, Christine M Eng, Yaping Yang
DNA alterations in the 1q43-q44 region are associated with syndromic neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by global developmental delay, intellectual disability, dysmorphic features, microcephaly, seizures, and agenesis of the corpus callosum. HNRNPU is located within the 1q43-q44 region and mutations in the gene have been reported in patients with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy. Here, we report on the clinical presentation of four patients with de novo heterozygous HNRNPU loss-of-function mutations detected by clinical whole exome sequencing: c...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807863/prenatal-diagnosis-of-complex-phenotype-in-a-13-week-old-fetus-with-an-interstitial-multigene-deletion-20q13-13-q13-2-by-chromosomal-microarray
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Feodora Stipoljev, Danka Miric-Tesanic, Tomislav Hafner, Maja Barbalic, Monika Logara, Ruzica Lasan-Trcic, Ana Vicic, Romana Gjergja-Juraski
We report the first trimester three-dimensional ultrasonographic findings in a 13-week-old fetus with complex phenotype and a de novo 4.7 Mb multigene deletion encompassing chromosome region 20q13.13-q13.2 detected by chromosomal microarray. Fetal sonography detected radial-ray anomalies in the form of bilateral absence of thumbs and the left club hand deformity. The presence of single atrioventricular canal instead of the atrial septal defect typical for Holt-Oram syndrome pointed us to rather suspect the SALL4 related diseases...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806589/novel-clinical-manifestations-in-patients-with-kcna2-mutations
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Monisha Sachdev, Marina Gaínza-Lein, Dmitry Tchapyjnikov, Yong-Hui Jiang, Tobias Loddenkemper, Mohamad A Mikati
PURPOSE: To report novel clinical manifestations of KCNA2 mutation related epileptic encephalopathy. METHODS: Blood samples were sent for whole exome and Sanger sequencing. Seizure types were characterized by clinical criteria and EEG recording. RESULTS: KCNA2 mutations have been reported in 10 cases who presented with focal, absence, generalized tonic-clonic or myoclonic astatic seizures. Here we describe 3 patients with previously unreported, more severe manifestations...
August 5, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799704/the-nature-consequences-and-management-of-neurological-disorders-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Bahman Jabbari, Nosratola D Vaziri
Perhaps no other organ in the body is affected as often and in as many ways as the brain is in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Several factors contribute to the neurological disorders in CKD including accumulation of uremic toxins, metabolic and hemodynamic disorders, oxidative stress, inflammation, and impaired blood brain barrier among others. The neurological disorders in CKD involve both peripheral and central nervous system. The peripheral neurological symptoms of CKD are due to somatic and cranial peripheral neuropathies as well as a myopathy...
August 11, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799511/treatment-of-epileptic-encephalopathies
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Simona Balestrini, Sanjay M Sisodiya
BACKGROUND: Epileptic encephalopathies represent the most severe epilepsies, with onset in infancy and childhood and seizures continuing in adulthood in most cases. New genetic causes are being identified at a rapid rate. Treatment is challenging and the overall outcome remains poor. Available targeted treatments, based on the precision medicine approach, are currently few. OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of the treatment of epileptic encephalopathies with known genetic determinants, including established treatment, anecdotal reports of specific treatment, and potential tailored precision medicine strategies...
August 9, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794249/not-all-scn1a-epileptic-encephalopathies-are-dravet-syndrome-early-profound-thr226met-phenotype
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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...
August 9, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782931/an-lc-ms-ms-based-method-for-the-quantification-of-pyridox-am-ine-5-phosphate-oxidase-activity-in-dried-blood-spots-from-patients-with-epilepsy
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Matthew Peter Wilson, Emma Footitt, Apostolos Papandreou, Mari-Liis Uudelepp, Ronit Pressler, Danielle C Stevenson, Camila Gabriel, Mel Mcsweeney, Matthew Baggot, Derek Burke, Tommy Stödberg, Kate Riney, Manuel Schiff, Simon J R Heales, Kevin Mills, Paul Gissen, Peter T Clayton, Philippa B Mills
We report the development of a rapid, simple and robust LC-MS/MS based enzyme assay using dried blood spots (DBS) for the diagnosis of pyridox(am)ine 5'-phosphate oxidase (PNPO) deficiency (OMIM 610090). PNPO deficiency leads to potentially fatal early infantile epileptic encephalopathy, severe developmental delay and other features of neurological dysfunction. However, upon prompt treatment with high doses of vitamin B6, affected patients can have a normal developmental outcome. Prognosis of these patients is therefore reliant upon a rapid diagnosis...
August 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781079/rapid-generation-of-human-genetic-loss-of-function-ipsc-lines-by-simultaneous-reprogramming-and-gene-editing
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Andrew M Tidball, Louis T Dang, Trevor W Glenn, Emma G Kilbane, Daniel J Klarr, Joshua L Margolis, Michael D Uhler, Jack M Parent
Specifically ablating genes in human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) allows for studies of gene function as well as disease mechanisms in disorders caused by loss-of-function (LOF) mutations. While techniques exist for engineering such lines, we have developed and rigorously validated a method of simultaneous iPSC reprogramming while generating CRISPR/Cas9-dependent insertions/deletions (indels). This approach allows for the efficient and rapid formation of genetic LOF human disease cell models with isogenic controls...
July 24, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780406/novel-mutations-in-the-cdkl5-gene-in-complex-genotypes-associated-with-west-syndrome-with-variable-phenotype-first-description-of-somatic-mosaic-state
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Marwa Ben Jdila, Abir Ben Issa, Boudour Khabou, Bochra Ben Rhouma, Fatma Kamoun, Leila Ammar-Keskes, Chahnez Triki, Faiza Fakhfakh
INTRODUCTION: West syndrome is a rare epileptic encephalopathy of early infancy, characterized by epileptic spasms, hypsarrhythmia, and psychomotor retardation beginning in the first year of life. METHODS: The present study reports the clinical, molecular and bioinformatic investigation in the three studied West patients. RESULTS: The results revealed a complex genotype with more than one mutation in each patient including the known mutations c...
August 2, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780154/chemokines-as-new-inflammatory-players-in-the-pathogenesis-of-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Chiara Cerri, Matteo Caleo, Yuri Bozzi
A large series of clinical and experimental studies supports a link between inflammation and epilepsy, indicating that inflammatory processes within the brain are important contributors to seizure recurrence and precipitation. Systemic inflammation can precipitate seizures in children suffering from epileptic encephalopathies, and hallmarks of a chronic inflammatory state have been found in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. Research performed on animal models of epilepsy further corroborates the idea that seizures upregulate inflammatory mediators, which in turn may enhance brain excitability and neuronal degeneration...
July 27, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777935/de-novo-mutations-in-ywhag-cause-early-onset-epilepsy
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Ilaria Guella, Marna B McKenzie, Daniel M Evans, Sarah E Buerki, Eric B Toyota, Margot I Van Allen, Mohnish Suri, Frances Elmslie, Marleen E H Simon, Koen L I van Gassen, Delphine Héron, Boris Keren, Caroline Nava, Mary B Connolly, Michelle Demos, Matthew J Farrer
Massively parallel sequencing has revealed many de novo mutations in the etiology of developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (EEs), highlighting their genetic heterogeneity. Additional candidate genes have been prioritized in silico by their co-expression in the brain. Here, we evaluate rare coding variability in 20 candidates nominated with the use of a reference gene set of 51 established EE-associated genes. Variants within the 20 candidate genes were extracted from exome-sequencing data of 42 subjects with EE and no previous genetic diagnosis...
August 3, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767035/neuropsychological-outcome-in-perinatal-stroke-associated-with-epileptiform-discharges-in-sleep
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Aleksandra Mineyko, Wei Qi, Helen L Carlson, Luis Bello-Espinosa, Brian L Brooks, Adam Kirton
BACKGROUND: Patients with arterial perinatal stroke often suffer long-term motor sequelae, difficulties in language, social development, and behaviour as well as epilepsy. Despite homogeneous lesions, long-term behavioural and cognitive outcomes are variable and unpredictable. Sleep-related epileptic encephalopathies can occur after early brain injury and are associated with global developmental delays. We hypothesized that sleep-potentiated epileptiform abnormalities are associated with worse developmental outcomes after perinatal stroke...
July 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762286/childhood-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy-associated-with-isolated-focal-cortical-dysplasia-and-a-novel-tsc1-germline-mutation
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Hannes Hoelz, Eva Coppenrath, Konstanze Hoertnagel, Timo Roser, Moritz Tacke, Lucia Gerstl, Ingo Borggraefe
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal-dominant inheritable neurocutaneous disease due to mutations within the TSC1 and TSC2 genes. Many patients present with West syndrome, a severe epilepsy syndrome characterized by the triad of infantile spasms, an interictal electroencephalogram (EEG) pattern termed hypsarrhythmia (continuous slow activity with an amplitude higher than 300 µV and multiregional spikes/polyspikes/sharp waves) and developmental regression. In this study, we report on a previously healthy patient with positive family history of epilepsy with new-onset epileptic encephalopathy at the age of 9 years...
March 1, 2017: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762041/neuroinfluenza-evaluation-of-seasonal-influenza-associated-severe-neurological-complications-in-children-a-multicenter-study
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Muhammet Sukru Paksu, Kerim Aslan, Tanil Kendirli, Basak Nur Akyildiz, Nazik Yener, Riza Dincer Yildizdas, Mehmet Davutoglu, Ayhan Yaman, Sedat Isikay, Gulnar Sensoy, Haydar Ali Tasdemir
PURPOSE: Although influenza primarily affects the respiratory system, in some cases, it can cause severe neurological complications. Younger children are especially at risk. Pediatric literature is limited on the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of influenza-related neurological complications. The aim of the study was to evaluate children who suffered severe neurological manifestation as a result of seasonal influenza infection. METHODS: The medical records of 14 patients from six hospitals in different regions of the country were evaluated...
July 31, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752061/lethal-neonatal-rigidity-and-multifocal-seizure-syndrome-with-a-new-mutation-in-brat1
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Yalcin Celik, Cetin Okuyaz, Ali Ertug Arslankoylu, Serdar Ceylaner
Rigidity and Multifocal Seizure Syndrome, Lethal Neonatal (RMFSL) (OMIM# 614498) is a rare and recently characterized epileptic encephalopathy that is related to variants in the BRAT1 gene (Breast Cancer 1-associated ataxia telangiectasia mutated activation-1 protein). In this report, an RMFSL case, who died in the 10th month of the life, with rigidity, drug-resistant myoclonic seizures in the face and extremities, with, significant motor delays is presented. The exon sequence was determined and a new homozygous variant (C...
2017: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747451/epileptic-encephalopathy-movement-disorder-and-the-yin-and-yang-of-gnao1-function
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EDITORIAL
Toni S Pearson, Ingo Helbig
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747448/movement-disorder-in-gnao1-encephalopathy-associated-with-gain-of-function-mutations
#18
Huijie Feng, Benita Sjögren, Behirda Karaj, Vincent Shaw, Aysegul Gezer, Richard R Neubig
OBJECTIVE: To define molecular mechanisms underlying the clinical spectrum of epilepsy and movement disorder in individuals with de novo mutations in the GNAO1 gene. METHODS: We identified all GNAO1 mutations reported in individuals with epilepsy (early infantile epileptiform encephalopathy 17) or movement disorders through April 2016; 15 de novo mutant alleles from 25 individuals were introduced into the Gαo subunit by site-directed mutagenesis in a mammalian expression plasmid...
July 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745680/-the-decreased-level-of-plasma-carnitine-in-patients-with-epilepsy
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E D Belousova
Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have long been known to affect carnitine metabolism, dropping the plasma free carnitine. Valproate (VPA) was considered to be the strongest carnitine-reducing agent. VPA-induced hyperammonemic encephalopathy and hepatotoxicity are well known, and pre-existing carnitine deficiency can be a predisposing factor, especially in congenital metabolic disorders. Several studies have shown that carnitine supplementation in patients receiving VPA to result in subjective and objective improvements and to prevent VPA-induced hepatotoxicity and encephalopathy, in parallel with increases in carnitine serum concentrations...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743048/the-ketogenic-diet-in-patients-with-myoclonic-status-in-non-progressive-encephalopathy
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Roberto Caraballo, Francesca Darra, Gabriela Reyes, Marisa Armeno, Araceli Cresta, Graciela Mestre, Bernardo Dalla Bernardina
Myoclonic status in non-progressive encephalopathy (MSNPE) is characterized by the recurrence of long-lasting atypical status epilepticus associated with attention impairment and continuous polymorphous jerks, mixed with other complex abnormal movements, in infants suffering from a non-progressive encephalopathy. The ketogenic diet (KD) has been used as an alternative to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) for patients with refractory epileptic encephalopathies. PURPOSE: In this study we assess the efficacy and tolerability of the KD in patients with MSNPE...
July 11, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
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