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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527573/retinoid-related-orphan-receptor-%C3%AE-and-transcriptional-control-of-neuronal-differentiation
#1
Hong Liu, Michihiko Aramaki, Yulong Fu, Douglas Forrest
The ability to generate neuronal diversity is central to the function of the nervous system. Here we discuss the key neurodevelopmental roles of retinoid-related orphan receptor β (RORβ) encoded by the Rorb (Nr1f2) gene. Recent studies have reported loss of function of the human RORB gene in cases of familial epilepsy and intellectual disability. Principal sites of expression of the Rorb gene in model species include sensory organs, the spinal cord, and brain regions that process sensory and circadian information...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527083/shared-mechanisms-of-epilepsy-migraine-and-affective-disorders
#2
Davide Zarcone, Simona Corbetta
Since the nineteenth century several clinical features have been observed in common between migraine and epilepsy (such as episodic attacks, triggering factors, presence of aura, frequent familiarity), but only in recent years researchers have really engaged in finding a common pathogenic mechanism. From studies of disease incidence, we understand how either migraine among patients with epilepsy or epilepsy among migraine patients are more frequent than in the general population. This association may result from a direct causality, by the same environmental risk factors and/or by a common genetic susceptibility...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526280/an-overview-of-medical-risk-factors-for-childhood-psychosis-implications-for-research-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Marianna Giannitelli, Angèle Consoli, Marie Raffin, Renaud Jardri, Douglas F Levinson, David Cohen, Claudine Laurent-Levinson
OBJECTIVE: Psychotic disorders in childhood and early adolescence often progress to chronic schizophrenia, but in many cases there are diagnosable medical and genetic causes or risk factors. We reviewed our clinical experience and the relevant literature to identify these factors and to define their clinical features, appropriate work-up and treatment. METHOD: We reviewed the results of comprehensive medical evaluations of 160 psychotic children and adolescents in our center...
May 16, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526038/phosphorylation-of-tau-at-y18-but-not-tau-fyn-binding-is-required-for-tau-to-modulate-nmda-receptor-dependent-excitotoxicity-in-primary-neuronal-culture
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Takashi Miyamoto, Liana Stein, Reuben Thomas, Biljana Djukic, Praveen Taneja, Joseph Knox, Keith Vossel, Lennart Mucke
BACKGROUND: Hyperexcitability of neuronal networks can lead to excessive release of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, which in turn can cause neuronal damage by overactivating NMDA-type glutamate receptors and related signaling pathways. This process (excitotoxicity) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many neurological conditions, ranging from childhood epilepsies to stroke and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Reducing neuronal levels of the microtubule-associated protein tau counteracts network hyperexcitability of diverse causes, but whether this strategy can also diminish downstream excitotoxicity is less clear...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525652/determination-of-scn1a-genetic-variants-in-mexican-patients-with-refractory-epilepsy-and-dravet-syndrome
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R E Jiménez-Arredondo, A J L Brambila-Tapia, F M Mercado-Silva, M T Magaña-Torres, L E Figuera
Mutations in the SCN1A gene can result in syndromes associated with epilepsy, including the Dravet syndrome (DS). However, the prevalence of such mutations in these diseases varies widely between different studies, and has not been examined in Mexican patients with epilepsy. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the frequency of SCN1A mutations (in the exon 26) in a cohort of Mexican patients with DS and refractory epilepsy (RE). We recruited 24 Mexican patients (14 males and 10 females), of which 15 were diagnosed with RE and 9 were diagnosed with DS...
May 18, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524223/-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathies-what-matters-is-genetics
#6
J J Garcia-Penas, M Jimenez-Legido
INTRODUCTION: Epileptic encephalopathies in infancy are defined as conditions where the sustained epileptic activity itself may contribute to the severe neurological and cognitive impairment. These epileptic encephalopathies include Ohtahara syndrome, early myoclonic epileptic encephalopathy, West syndrome, Dravet syndrome, and malignant migrating epilepsy in infancy. These syndromes result from identifiable primary causes, such as structural, neurodegenerative, metabolic, or genetic defects...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524219/-epileptic-encephalopathies
#7
J Ramos-Lizana
According to the International League Against Epilepsy's (ILAE) Commission on Classification and Terminology, the term 'epileptic encephalopathy' reflects the notion that epileptic activity in itself can contribute to the genesis of severe cognitive or behavioural disabilities, beyond what could be expected from the pathology underlying the epilepsy. However, in many cases it is difficult to define the boundary between the relative contribution of the epileptic seizures and the underlying cause in the genesis of cognitive deficits...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523978/closed-loop-neuromodulation-systems-next-generation-treatments-for-psychiatric-illness
#8
Meng-Chen Lo, Alik S Widge
Despite deep brain stimulation's positive early results in psychiatric disorders, well-designed clinical trials have yielded inconsistent clinical outcomes. One path to more reliable benefit is closed-loop therapy: stimulation that is automatically adjusted by a device or algorithm in response to changes in the patient's electrical brain activity. These interventions may provide more precise and patient-specific treatments. This article first introduces the available closed-loop neuromodulation platforms, which have shown clinical efficacy in epilepsy and strong early results in movement disorders...
April 2017: International Review of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522734/voluntary-control-of-epileptiform-spike-wave-discharges-in-awake-rats
#9
Jeremy A Taylor, Krista M Rodgers, Florencia M Bercum, Carmen J Booth, F Edward Dudek, Daniel S Barth
Genetically inherited absence epilepsy in humans is typically characterized by brief (seconds) spontaneous seizures, which involve spike-wave discharges (SWDs) in the EEG and interruption of consciousness and ongoing behavior. Genetic (inbred) models of this disorder in rats have been used to examine mechanisms, comorbidities and anti-absence drugs. SWDs have also been proposed as models of complex partial seizures (CPSs) following traumatic brain injury (post-traumatic epilepsy; PTE). However, the ictal characteristics of these rat models, including SWDs and associated immobility, are also prevalent in healthy outbred laboratory rats...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522348/the-impact-of-genetic-and-experimental-studies-on-classification-and-therapy-of-the-epilepsies
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REVIEW
Giuliano Avanzini, Massimo Mantegazza, Benedetta Terragni, Laura Canafoglia, Paolo Scalmani, Silvana Franceschetti
Different types of epilepsy are associated with gene mutations, in which seizures can be the only symptom (genetic epilepsies) or be one of the elements of complex clinical pictures that are often progressive over time (epileptic or epileptogenic encephalopathies). In epileptogenic encephalopathies, epileptic seizures and other neurological and cognitive signs are symptoms of genetically determined neuropathological or neurochemical disorders. In epileptic encephalopathies, epileptic activity itself is thought to contribute to severe cognitive and behavioral impairments above and beyond what might be expected from the underlying pathology alone...
May 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521703/recent-advances-in-antiepileptic-herbal-medicine
#11
Stephen M Manchishi
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders worldwide, with about 80 percent of cases thought to be in developing nations where it is mostly linked to superstition. Most cases of epilepsy are idiopathic, though brain injury, brain tumor, severe systemic infection and genetic mutations have been implicated in some cases. Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) currently in existence are not sufficient to contain the disorder. This is not only because of their limited availability and cost, but also their adverse side effects...
May 18, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518218/comparison-and-optimization-of-in-silico-algorithms-for-predicting-the-pathogenicity-of-sodium-channel-variants-in-epilepsy
#12
Katherine D Holland, Thomas M Bouley, Paul S Horn
OBJECTIVE: Variants in neuronal voltage-gated sodium channel α-subunits genes SCN1A, SCN2A, and SCN8A are common in early onset epileptic encephalopathies and other autosomal dominant childhood epilepsy syndromes. However, in clinical practice, missense variants are often classified as variants of uncertain significance when missense variants are identified but heritability cannot be determined. Genetic testing reports often include results of computational tests to estimate pathogenicity and the frequency of that variant in population-based databases...
May 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513609/application-of-rare-variant-transmission-disequilibrium-tests-to-epileptic-encephalopathy-trio-sequence-data
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The classic epileptic encephalopathies, including infantile spasms (IS) and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), are severe seizure disorders that usually arise sporadically. De novo variants in genes mainly encoding ion channel and synaptic proteins have been found to account for over 15% of patients with IS or LGS. The contribution of autosomal recessive genetic variation, however, is less well understood. We implemented a rare variant transmission disequilibrium test (TDT) to search for autosomal recessive epileptic encephalopathy genes in a cohort of 320 outbred patient-parent trios that were generally prescreened for rare metabolic disorders...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508318/trpc-channels-and-epilepsy
#14
Fang Zheng
Accumulating evidence suggest that TRPC channels play critical roles in various aspects of epileptogenesis. TRPC1/4 channels are major contributors to nonsynaptically derived epileptiform burst firing in the CA1 and the lateral septum. TRPC7 channels play a critical role in synaptically derived epileptiform burst firing. The reduction of spontaneous epileptiform bursting in the CA3 is correlated to a reduction in pilocarpine-induced SE in vivo in TRPC7 knockout mice. TRPC channels are also significant contributors to SE-induced neuronal cell death...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508204/rearing-by-foster-wistar-mother-with-high-level-of-maternal-care-counteracts-the-development-of-genetic-absence-epilepsy-and-comorbid-depression-in-wag-rij-rats
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K Yu Sarkisova, A V Gabova, M A Kulikov, E A Fedosova, A B Shatskova, A A Morosov
It has been shown for the first time that rearing by a foster Wistar mother with high level of maternal care (MC) counteracts the expression of genetic absence epilepsy (AE) and comorbid depression - reduces the number, duration and index of spike-wave discharges (SWDs) and immobility time in the forced swimming test, as well as exerts substantial effects on morphology and time-frequency dynamics of SWDs in WAG/Rij rats. It is supposed that increases in MC early in development might be used to counteract epileptogenesis and comorbid depression in people genetically predisposed to AE...
March 2017: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506440/the-wistar-audiogenic-rat-war-strain-and-its-contributions-to-epileptology-and-related-comorbidities-history-and-perspectives
#16
Norberto Garcia-Cairasco, Eduardo H L Umeoka, José A Cortes de Oliveira
In the context of modeling epilepsy and neuropsychiatric comorbidities, we review the Wistar Audiogenic Rat (WAR), first introduced to the neuroscience international community more than 25years ago. The WAR strain is a genetically selected reflex model susceptible to audiogenic seizures (AS), acutely mimicking brainstem-dependent tonic-clonic seizures and chronically (by audiogenic kindling), temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). Seminal neuroethological, electrophysiological, cellular, and molecular protocols support the WAR strain as a suitable and reliable animal model to study the complexity and emergent functions typical of epileptogenic networks...
May 11, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505490/heat-induced-temperature-dysregulation-and-seizures-in-dravet-syndrome-gefs-gabrg2-q390x-mice
#17
Timothy A Warner, Zhong Liu, Robert L Macdonald, Jing-Qiong Kang
It has been established that febrile seizures and its extended syndromes like generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures (FS) plus (GEFS+) and Dravet syndrome have been associated with mutations especially in SCN1A and GABRG2 genes. In patients, the onset of FS is likely due to the combined effect of temperature and inflammation in genetically vulnerable individuals because fever is often associated with infection. Much effort has been spent to understand the mechanisms underlying fever induction of seizures...
April 30, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505103/neuronal-migration-and-auts2-syndrome
#18
REVIEW
Kei Hori, Mikio Hoshino
Neuronal migration is one of the pivotal steps to form a functional brain, and disorganization of this process is believed to underlie the pathology of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and epilepsy. However, it is not clear how abnormal neuronal migration causes mental dysfunction. Recently, a key gene for various psychiatric diseases, the Autism susceptibility candidate 2 (AUTS2), has been shown to regulate neuronal migration, which gives new insight into understanding this question...
May 14, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501473/electrical-status-epilepticus-during-sleep-in-mowat-wilson-syndrome
#19
Paolo Bonanni, Susanna Negrin, Anna Volzone, Nicoletta Zanotta, Roberta Epifanio, Claudio Zucca, Elisa Osanni, Elisa Petacchi, Franco Fabbro
AIM: Mowat-Wilson Syndrome (MWS) is a genetic rare disease. Epilepsy is present in 70-75% of Patients and an age-dependent electroclinical pattern has been described. Up to date, there are studies with overnight sleep EEGs, probably because of the severe intellectual disability (ID) and hyperactivity of these Patients. Our purpose was to verify the hypothesis that MWS Patients might have electrical status epilepticus in slow wave sleep (ESES pattern). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of anamnestic and electrographic data was performed on 7 consecutive MWS Patients followed between 2007 and 2016...
May 10, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499889/recent-advances-in-epilepsy-genetics
#20
REVIEW
Alessandro Orsini, Federico Zara, Pasquale Striano
In last few years there has been rapid increase in the knowledge of epilepsy genetics. Nowadays, it is estimated that genetic epilepsies include over than 30% of all epilepsy syndromes. Several genetic tests are now available for diagnostic purposes in clinical practice. In particular, next-generation sequencing has proven to be effective in revealing gene mutations causing epilepsies in up to a third of the patients. This has lead also to functional studies that have given insight into disease pathophysiology and consequently to the identification of potential therapeutic targets opening the way of precision medicine for epilepsy patients...
May 9, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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