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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903293/personalized-medicine-approach-confirms-a-milder-case-of-abat-deficiency
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A Besse, A K Petersen, J V Hunter, V Appadurai, S R Lalani, P E Bonnen
ABAT deficiency (OMIM 613163) is a rare inborn error of metabolism caused by recessive variants in the gene 4-aminobutyric acid transaminase (ABAT), which is responsible for both the catalysis of GABA and maintenance of nucleoside pools in the mitochondria. To date, only a few patients have been reported worldwide. Their clinical presentation has been remarkably consistent with primary features of severe psychomotor retardation, encephalopathy, hypotonia, and infantile-onset refractory epilepsy. We report a new case of ABAT deficiency that marks an important departure from previous clinical findings...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900360/scn8a-mutation-in-a-child-presenting-with-seizures-and-developmental-delays
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Janet Malcolmson, Robert Kleyner, David Tegay, Whit Adams, Kenneth Ward, Justine Coppinger, Lesa Nelson, Miriam H Meisler, Kai Wang, Reid Robison, Gholson J Lyon
The SCN8A gene encodes the sodium voltage-gated channel alpha subunit 8. Mutations in this gene have been associated with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy type 13. With the use of whole-exome sequencing, a de novo missense mutation in SCN8A was identified in a 4-yr-old female who initially exhibited symptoms of epilepsy at the age of 5 mo that progressed to a severe condition with very little movement, including being unable to sit or walk on her own.
November 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889818/somatosensory-reflex-seizures-in-a-child-with-epilepsy-related-to-novel-scn1a-mutation
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Pinar Arican, Nihal Olgac Dundar, Dilek Cavusoglu, Taha Resid Ozdemır, Pinar Gencpinar
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in SCN1A have been reported in patients with different types of epilepsy, including generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus, severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy, malignant migrating partial seizures in infancy, and other infantile epileptic encephalopathies. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 10-month-old girl presented with reflex epileptic seizures provoked by somatosensory stimuli with a novel de novo mutation of SCN1A gene. She was observed to have seizures with eye deviation, unresponsiveness provoked by somatosensory stimuli of the face...
November 26, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888506/rapid-and-safe-response-to-low-dose-carbamazepine-in-neonatal-epilepsy
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Tristan T Sands, Martina Balestri, Giulia Bellini, Sarah B Mulkey, Olivier Danhaive, Eliza Hayes Bakken, Maurizio Taglialatela, Michael S Oldham, Federico Vigevano, Gregory L Holmes, Maria Roberta Cilio
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate treatment responses in benign familial neonatal epilepsy (BFNE). METHODS: We recruited patients with BFNE through a multicenter international collaboration and reviewed electroclinical and genetic details, and treatment response. All patients were tested at minimum for mutations/deletions in the KCNQ2, KCNQ3, and SCN2A genes. RESULTS: Nineteen patients were included in this study. A family history of neonatal seizures was positive in 16 patients, and one additional patient had a family history of infantile seizures...
November 26, 2016: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882480/phenotype-biochemical-features-genotype-and-treatment-outcome-of-pyridoxine-dependent-epilepsy
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Amal Al Teneiji, Theodora U J Bruun, Dawn Cordeiro, Jaina Patel, Michal Inbar-Feigenberg, Shelly Weiss, Eduard Struys, Saadet Mercimek-Mahmutoglu
We report treatment outcome of eleven patients with pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy caused by pathogenic variants in ALDH7A1 (PDE-ALDH7A1). We developed a clinical severity score to compare phenotype with biochemical features, genotype and delays in the initiation of pyridoxine. Clinical severity score included 1) global developmental delay/ intellectual disability; 2) age of seizure onset prior to pyridoxine; 3) current seizures on treatment. Phenotype scored 1-3 = mild; 4-6 = moderate; and 7-9 = severe...
November 23, 2016: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878438/interdependence-of-clinical-factors-predicting-cognition-in-children-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
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I E Overwater, B J H Verhaar, H F Lingsma, G C B Bindels-de Heus, A M W van den Ouweland, M Nellist, L W Ten Hoopen, Y Elgersma, H A Moll, M C Y de Wit
Cognitive development in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex is highly variable. Predictors in the infant years would be valuable to counsel parents and to support development. The aim of this study was to confirm factors that have been reported to be independently correlated with cognitive development. 102 patients included in this study were treated at the ENCORE-TSC expertise center of the Erasmus Medical Center-Sophia Children's Hospital. Data from the first 24 months of life were used, including details on epilepsy, motor development and mutation status...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867041/infantile-epileptic-encephalopathy-associated-with-scn2a-mutation-responsive-to-oral-mexiletine
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Laura A Foster, Maria R Johnson, John T MacDonald, Peter I Karachunski, Thomas R Henry, David R Nascene, Brian P Moran, Gerald V Raymond
BACKGROUND: Genetic alterations are significant causes of epilepsy syndromes; especially early-onset epileptic encephalopathies and voltage-gated sodium channelopathies are among the best described. Mutations in the SCN2A subunit of voltage-gated sodium channels have been associated with benign familial neonatal-infantile seizures, generalized epilepsy febrile seizures plus, and an early-onset infantile epileptic encephalopathy. METHOD: We describe two infants with medically refractory seizures due to a de novo SCN2A mutation...
October 18, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864823/aberrant-mtor-signaling-and-disrupted-autophagy-the-missing-link-in-potential-vigabatrin-associated-ocular-toxicity
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K R Vogel, G R Ainslie, P L Pearl, K M Gibson
Vigabatrin (VGB; γ-vinylGABA) is a unique antiepileptic directly elevating CNS GABA via inactivation of the GABA metabolic enzyme GABA-transaminase. VGB is effective in treating infantile spasms, a rare seizure disorder associated with significant morbidity. The potential for unexplained bilateral constriction of the visual field associated with VGB intervention can severely limit its temporal utility. Removal of this potential adverse effect with adjuvant intervention(s) would represent a significant advance in epilepsy therapeutics...
November 19, 2016: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861786/infantile-spasms-and-encephalopathy-without-preceding-neonatal-seizures-caused-by-kcnq2-r198q-a-gain-of-function-variant
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John J Millichap, Francesco Miceli, Michela De Maria, Cynthia Keator, Nishtha Joshi, Baouyen Tran, Maria Virginia Soldovieri, Paolo Ambrosino, Vandana Shashi, Mohamad A Mikati, Edward C Cooper, Maurizio Taglialatela
Variants in KCNQ2 encoding for Kv 7.2 neuronal K(+) channel subunits lead to a spectrum of neonatal-onset epilepsies, ranging from self-limiting forms to severe epileptic encephalopathy. Most KCNQ2 pathogenic variants cause loss-of-function, whereas few increase channel activity (gain-of-function). We herein provide evidence for a new phenotypic and functional profile in KCNQ2-related epilepsy: infantile spasms without prior neonatal seizures associated with a gain-of-function gene variant. With use of an international registry, we identified four unrelated patients with the same de novo heterozygous KCNQ2 c...
November 9, 2016: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852007/apc-conditional-knock-out-mouse-is-a-model-of-infantile-spasms-with-elevated-neuronal-%C3%AE-catenin-levels-neonatal-spasms-and-chronic-seizures
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Antonella Pirone, Jon Alexander, Lauren A Lau, David Hampton, Andrew Zayachkivsky, Amy Yee, Audrey Yee, Michele H Jacob, Chris G Dulla
Infantile spasms (IS) are a catastrophic childhood epilepsy syndrome characterized by flexion-extension spasms during infancy that progress to chronic seizures and cognitive deficits in later life. The molecular causes of IS are poorly defined. Genetic screens of individuals with IS have identified multiple risk genes, several of which are predicted to alter β-catenin pathways. However, evidence linking malfunction of β-catenin pathways and IS is lacking. Here, we show that conditional deletion in mice of the adenomatous polyposis coli gene (APC cKO), the major negative regulator of β-catenin, leads to excessive β-catenin levels and multiple salient features of human IS...
November 13, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844444/exome-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-homozygous-cln8-mutation-in-a-turkish-family-with-northern-epilepsy
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Yavuz Sahin, Olcay Güngör, Zeliha Gormez, Huseyin Demirci, Bekir Ergüner, Gülay Güngör, Cengiz Dilber
Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), one of the most common neurodegenerative childhood-onset disorders, is characterized by autosomal-recessive inheritance, epileptic seizures, progressive psychomotor deterioration, visual impairment, and premature death. Based on the country of origin of the patients, the clinical features/courses, and the molecular genetics background of the disorder, 14 distinct NCL subtypes have been described to date. CLN8 mutation was first identified in Finnish patients, and the condition was named Northern Epilepsy (NE); however, the severe phenotype of the CLN8 gene was subsequently found outside Finland and named 'variant late-infantile' NCL...
November 14, 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815844/incidence-and-geographic-distribution-of-succinic-semialdehyde-dehydrogenase-ssadh-deficiency
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Savita Verma Attri, Pratibha Singhi, Natrujee Wiwattanadittakul, Jyotindra N Goswami, Naveen Sankhyan, Gajja S Salomons, Jean-Baptiste Roullett, Ryan Hodgeman, Mahsa Parviz, K Michael Gibson, Phillip L Pearl
The incidence of succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH) deficiency, an autosomal recessive inherited disorder of GABA degradation, is unknown. Upon a recent diagnosis of a new family of affected fraternal twins from the Punjabi ethnic group of India, case ascertainment from the literature and our database was done to determine the number of confirmed cases along with their geographic distribution. The probands presented with global developmental delay, infantile onset epilepsy, and a persistent neurodevelopmental disorder upon diagnosis at 10 years of age with intellectual disability, expressive aphasia, and behavioral problems most prominent for hyperactivity...
November 5, 2016: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809899/prenatal-sonographic-diagnosis-of-fetal-valproate-syndrome-a-case-report
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Norihiko Kikuchi, Satoshi Ohira, Ryoichi Asaka, Kyoko Tanaka, Akiko Takatsu, Tanri Shiozawa
BACKGROUND: Prenatal exposure of mother to valproate (VPA) causes teratogenic effects in the fetus, namely fetal valproate syndrome (FVS). We report a case of fetal valproate syndrome rarely diagnosed by prenatal sonographic examination. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient was a female infant who was born to a 27-year-old nulliparous Japanese woman with epilepsy. The mother was diagnosed with infantile epilepsy at 1 year of age and had been using three antiepileptic drugs, including valproate, but preconceptional counseling was not performed...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806796/-dynamin-1-related-infantile-spasms-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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X L Deng, F Yin, C L Zhang, Y P Ma, F He, L W Wu, J Peng
Objective: To analyze the clinical and gene mutation characteristics of dynamin-1 (DNM1)-related infantile spasms. Method: Clinical, laboratory and genetic data of one case of DNM1-related infantile spasms diagnosed by Xiangya Hospital in September 2015 were analyzed.Through taking "Dynamin-1" "DNM1" as key words to search at CNKI, Wanfang, PubMed and OMIM to date (April 2016), the clinical characteristics of 9 reported cases of DNM1-related epileptic encephalopathy in international literature with our case were reviewed...
November 2, 2016: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798109/embryonic-forebrain-transcriptome-of-mice-with-polyalanine-expansion-mutations-in-the-arx-homeobox-gene
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Tessa Mattiske, Kristie Lee, Jozef Gecz, Gaelle Friocourt, Cheryl Shoubridge
The Aristaless related homeobox (ARX) gene encodes a paired-type homeodomain transcription factor with critical roles in embryonic development. Mutations in ARX give rise to intellectual disability (ID), epilepsy and brain malformation syndromes. To capture the genetics and molecular disruptions that underpin the ARX-associated clinical phenotypes, we undertook a transcriptome wide RNASeq approach to analyse developing (12.5 dpc) telencephalon of mice modelling two recurrent polyalanine expansion mutations with different phenotypic severities in the ARX gene...
October 25, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791149/cardiac-arrhythmia-in-a-mouse-model-of-sodium-channel-scn8a-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Chad R Frasier, Jacy L Wagnon, Yangyang Oliver Bao, Luke G McVeigh, Luis F Lopez-Santiago, Miriam H Meisler, Lori L Isom
: Patients with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE) are at increased risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). De novo mutations of the sodium channel gene SCN8A, encoding the sodium channel Nav1.6, result in EIEE13 (OMIM 614558), which has a 10% risk of SUDEP. Here, we investigated the cardiac phenotype of a mouse model expressing the gain of function EIEE13 patient mutation p.Asn1768Asp in Scn8a (Nav1.6-N1768D). We tested Scn8a(N1768D/+) mice for alterations in cardiac excitability...
October 26, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781028/phenotypic-variability-from-benign-infantile-epilepsy-to-ohtahara-syndrome-associated-with-a-novel-mutation-in-scn2a
#17
Steffen Syrbe, Boris S Zhorov, Astrid Bertsche, Matthias K Bernhard, Frauke Hornemann, Ulrike Mütze, Jessica Hoffmann, Konstanze Hörtnagel, Wieland Kiess, Franz W Hirsch, Johannes R Lemke, Andreas Merkenschlager
Mutations in SCN2A have been associated with benign familial neonatal-infantile seizures (BFNIS) as well as infantile-onset epileptic encephalopathy, such as Ohtahara syndrome (OS). We describe a family with 3 affected individuals carrying the novel SCN2A missense variant c.1147C>G, p.Q383E affecting a residue proximal to the highly conserved selectivity filter in the P-loop of the voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.2). All 3 individuals presented with seizures in early infancy. However, there were striking differences in the spectrum of clinical presentations, ranging from BFNIS to OS...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770071/seizure-variables-and-their-relationship-to-genotype-and-functional-abilities-in-the-cdkl5-disorder
#18
Stephanie Fehr, Kingsley Wong, Richard Chin, Simon Williams, Nick de Klerk, David Forbes, Rahul Krishnaraj, John Christodoulou, Jenny Downs, Helen Leonard
OBJECTIVE: To investigate seizure outcomes and their relationships to genotype and functional abilities in individuals with the cyclin-dependent kinase-like-5 (CDKL5) disorder. METHODS: Using the International CDKL5 Disorder Database, we identified 172 cases with a pathogenic CDKL5 mutation. We categorized individual mutations into 4 groups based on predicted structural and functional consequences. Negative binomial regression was used to model the linear association between current seizure rate and mutation group, current level of assistance required to walk 10 steps, and the highest level of expressive communication used to convey refusal or request...
October 21, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770045/de-novo-tubb2a-variant-presenting-with-anterior-temporal-pachygyria
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Lance H Rodan, Christelle Moufawad El Achkar, Gerard T Berry, Annapurna Poduri, Sanjay P Prabhu, Edward Yang, Irina Anselm
TUBB2A is a gene that has recently been reported in association with structural brain abnormalities. Only 3 cases have been reported to date with disparate brain morphologic abnormalities, although all patients have presented with developmental delay and infantile-onset epilepsy. We report a fourth patient with a de novo variant in TUBB2A that is predicted to be pathogenic, presenting with developmental delay, spastic diplegia, exaggerated startle, and anterior temporal pachygyria in the absence of epilepsy...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764735/diagnosing-infantile-spasms-accuracy-of-the-internet
#20
Amara Krag, Gregory L Holmes
Infantile spasms, one of the catastrophic epilepsies, can be a diagnostic challenge since the clinical manifestations may be subtle and may mimic benign conditions. Because of the rarity of the condition, primary care physicians and pediatricians may never see a case of infantile spasms during their career and may be unfamiliar with the seizure semiology. This is a serious issue since there is evidence that early diagnosis and treatment may improve outcome. Patients and families are increasingly using the internet more than their physician as a source of medical information about epilepsy...
October 17, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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