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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721938/practical-clues-for-diagnosing-wwox-encephalopathy
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Oana Tarta-Arsene, Diana Barca, Dana Craiu, Catrinel Iliescu
The WW domain-containing oxidoreductase gene is implicated in autosomal recessive disorders of the central nervous system, expressed either as spinocerebellar ataxia or as a severe form with early-infantile epileptic encephalopathy. Here, we describe the electroclinical evolution of these disorders, adding new diagnostic clues based on a case study. The patient, a boy with early-onset epilepsy, presented with profound global developmental delay, persistent hypsarrhythmia, and epileptic spasms, associated with progressive cerebral atrophy without microcephaly...
July 19, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721058/clinical-patterns-and-outcomes-of-status-epilepticus-in-patients-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
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Hatem S Shehata, Hadeer Mahmoud AbdelGhaffar, Mohammed Nasreldin, Alaa Elmazny, Ahmed Abdelalim, Asmaa Sabbah, Nevin M Shalaby
INTRODUCTION: Refractory epilepsy is a common clinical manifestation in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), which can be complicated by many life-threatening conditions, such as status epilepticus (SE). However, very few reports mention the patterns and semiology of SE in those patients. OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical characteristics and outcomes of SE in TSC patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This observational, prospective study was carried out on 36 Egyptian children with definite TSC...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691158/anticonvulsant-effect-of-cannabinoid-receptor-agonists-in-models-of-seizures-in-developing-rats
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Megan N Huizenga, Evan Wicker, Veronica C Beck, Patrick A Forcelli
OBJECTIVE: Although drugs targeting the cannabinoid system (e.g., CB1 receptor agonists) display anticonvulsant efficacy in adult animal models of seizures/epilepsy, they remain unexplored in developing animal models. However, cannabinoid system functions emerge early in development, providing a rationale for targeting this system in neonates. We examined the therapeutic potential of drugs targeting the cannabinoid system in three seizure models in developing rats. METHODS: Postnatal day (P) 10, Sprague-Dawley rat pups were challenged with the chemoconvulsant methyl-6,7-dimethoxy-4-ethyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxylate (DMCM) or pentylenetetrazole (PTZ), after treatment with either CB1/2 mixed agonist (WIN 55,212-2), CB1 agonist (arachidonyl-2'-chloroethylamide [ACEA]), CB2 agonist (HU-308), CB1 antagonist (AM-251), CB2 antagonist (AM-630), fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibitor (URB-597), or G protein-coupled receptor 55 agonist (O-1602)...
July 10, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687180/a-patient-with-early-myoclonic-encephalopathy-eme-with-a-de-novo-kcnq2-mutation
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Karin Kojima, Kentaro Shirai, Mizuki Kobayashi, Akihiko Miyauchi, Hirotomo Saitsu, Naomichi Matsumoto, Hitoshi Osaka, Takanori Yamagata
BACKGROUND: The potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily Q member 2 (KCNQ2) gene has been reported to be associated with various types of epilepsy, including benign familial neonatal seizure (BFNS), early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE), and unclassified early onset encephalopathies. We herein report a patient with early myoclonic encephalopathy (EME) caused by a KCNQ2 mutation. CASE REPORT: A male infant started to exhibit erratic myoclonus several days after birth and apnea attacks lasting for seconds with desaturation...
July 4, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681378/update-on-the-mechanisms-and-roles-of-high-frequency-oscillations-in-seizures-and-epileptic-disorders
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REVIEW
Premysl Jiruska, Catalina Alvarado-Rojas, Catherine A Schevon, Richard Staba, William Stacey, Fabrice Wendling, Massimo Avoli
High-frequency oscillations (HFOs) are a type of brain activity that is recorded from brain regions capable of generating seizures. Because of the close association of HFOs with epileptogenic tissue and ictogenesis, understanding their cellular and network mechanisms could provide valuable information about the organization of epileptogenic networks and how seizures emerge from the abnormal activity of these networks. In this review, we summarize the most recent advances in the field of HFOs and provide a critical evaluation of new observations within the context of already established knowledge...
July 6, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676574/aberrant-sodium-channel-currents-and-hyperexcitability-of-medial-entorhinal-cortex-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-scn8a-encephalopathy
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Matteo Ottolini, Bryan S Barker, Ronald P Gaykema, Miriam H Meisler, Manoj K Patel
SCN8A encephalopathy, or early infantile epileptic encephalopathy 13 (EIEE13), is caused predominantly by de novo gain-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium (Na) channel Nav1.6. Affected individuals suffer from refractory seizures, developmental delay, cognitive disability and elevated risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). A knock-in mouse model carrying the patient mutation p.Asn1768Asp (N1768D) reproduces many features of the disorder including spontaneous seizures and SUDEP. We used the mouse model to examine the effects of the mutation on layer II stellate neurons of the medial entorhinal cortex (mEC), which transmit excitatory input to the hippocampus...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675559/neuroinflammation-in-epileptogenesis-insights-and-translational-perspectives-from-new-models-of-epilepsy
#7
Melissa L Barker-Haliski, Wolfgang Löscher, H Steve White, Aristea S Galanopoulou
Animal models have provided a wealth of information on mechanisms of epileptogenesis and comorbidogenesis, and have significantly advanced our ability to investigate the potential of new therapies. Processes implicating brain inflammation have been increasingly observed in epilepsy research. Herein we discuss the progress on animal models of epilepsy and comorbidities that inform us on the potential role of inflammation in epileptogenesis and comorbidity pathogenesis in rodent models of West syndrome and the Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV) mouse model of viral encephalitis-induced epilepsy...
July 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673551/analyses-of-slc13a5-epilepsy-patients-reveal-perturbations-of-tca-cycle
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Matthew N Bainbridge, Erin Cooney, Marcus Miller, Adam D Kennedy, Jacob E Wulff, Taraka Donti, Shalini N Jhangiani, Richard A Gibbs, Sarah H Elsea, Brenda E Porter, Brett H Graham
OBJECTIVE: To interrogate the metabolic profile of five subjects from three families with rare, nonsense and missense mutations in SLC13A5 and Early Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathies (EIEE) characterized by severe, neonatal onset seizures, psychomotor retardation and global developmental delay. METHODS: Mass spectrometry of plasma, CSF and urine was used to identify consistently dysregulated analytes in our subjects. RESULTS: Distinctive elevations of citrate and dysregulation of citric acid cycle intermediates, supporting the hypothesis that loss of SLC13A5 function alters tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA) metabolism and may disrupt metabolic compartmentation in the brain...
June 24, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667181/dnm1-encephalopathy-a-new-disease-of-vesicle-fission
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Sarah von Spiczak, Katherine L Helbig, Deepali N Shinde, Robert Huether, Manuela Pendziwiat, Charles Lourenço, Mark E Nunes, Dean P Sarco, Richard A Kaplan, Dennis J Dlugos, Heidi Kirsch, Anne Slavotinek, Maria R Cilio, Mackenzie C Cervenka, Julie S Cohen, Rebecca McClellan, Ali Fatemi, Amy Yuen, Yoshimi Sagawa, Rebecca Littlejohn, Scott D McLean, Laura Hernandez-Hernandez, Bridget Maher, Rikke S Møller, Elizabeth Palmer, John A Lawson, Colleen A Campbell, Charuta N Joshi, Diana L Kolbe, Georgie Hollingsworth, Bernd A Neubauer, Hiltrud Muhle, Ulrich Stephani, Ingrid E Scheffer, Sérgio D J Pena, Sanjay M Sisodiya, Ingo Helbig
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the phenotypic spectrum caused by mutations in dynamin 1 (DNM1), encoding the presynaptic protein DNM1, and to investigate possible genotype-phenotype correlations and predicted functional consequences based on structural modeling. METHODS: We reviewed phenotypic data of 21 patients (7 previously published) with DNM1 mutations. We compared mutation data to known functional data and undertook biomolecular modeling to assess the effect of the mutations on protein function...
June 30, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663785/case-report-novel-mutations-in-tbc1d24-are-associated-with-autosomal-dominant-tonic-clonic-and-myoclonic-epilepsy-and-recessive-parkinsonism-psychosis-and-intellectual-disability
#10
Erika Banuelos, Keri Ramsey, Newell Belnap, Malavika Krishnan, Chris Balak, Szabolcs Szelinger, Ashley L Siniard, Megan Russell, Ryan Richholt, Matt De Both, Ignazio Piras, Marcus Naymik, Ana M Claasen, Sampathkumar Rangasamy, Matthew J Huentelman, David W Craig, Philippe M Campeau, Vinodh Narayanan, Isabelle Schrauwen
Mutations disrupting presynaptic protein TBC1D24 are associated with a variable neurological phenotype, including DOORS syndrome, myoclonic epilepsy, early-infantile epileptic encephalopathy, and non-syndromic hearing loss. In this report, we describe a family segregating autosomal dominant epilepsy, and a 37-year-old Caucasian female with a severe neurological phenotype including epilepsy, Parkinsonism, psychosis, visual and auditory hallucinations, gait ataxia and intellectual disability. Whole exome sequencing revealed two missense mutations in the TBC1D24 gene segregating within this family (c...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663780/new-insights-into-the-pathogenesis-and-prevention-of-tuberous-sclerosis-associated-neuropsychiatric-disorders-tand
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REVIEW
Tanjala T Gipson, Michael V Johnston
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a multi-system disorder resulting from mutations in either the TSC1 or TSC2 genes leading to hyperactivation of mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling. TSC is commonly associated with autism (61%), intellectual disability (45%), and behavioral, psychiatric, intellectual, academic, neuropsychological, and psychosocial difficulties that are collectively referred to as TSC-associated neuropsychiatric disorders (TAND). More than 90% of children with TSC have epilepsy, including infantile spasms, and early onset of seizures, especially infantile spasms, is associated with greater impairment in intellectual development compared with individuals with TSC without seizures...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650581/deficiency-of-wars2-encoding-mitochondrial-tryptophanyl-trna-synthetase-causes-severe-infantile-onset-leukoencephalopathy
#12
Benjamin E Theisen, Anastasia Rumyantseva, Julie S Cohen, Wendy A Alcaraz, Deepali N Shinde, Sha Tang, Siddarth Srivastava, Jonathan Pevsner, Aleksandra Trifunovic, Ali Fatemi
Pathogenic variants in the mitochondrial aminoacyl tRNA synthetases lead to deficiencies in mitochondrial protein synthesis and are associated with a broad range of clinical presentations usually with early onset and inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Of the 19 mitochondrial aminoacyl tRNA synthetases, WARS2, encoding mitochondrial tryptophanyl tRNA synthetase, was as of late the only one that had not been associated with disease in humans. A case of a family with pathogenic variants in WARS2 that caused mainly intellectual disability, speech impairment, aggressiveness, and athetosis was recently reported...
June 26, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649286/autism-spectrum-disorder-and-epileptic-encephalopathy-common-causes-many-questions
#13
REVIEW
Siddharth Srivastava, Mustafa Sahin
Epileptic encephalopathies represent a particularly severe form of epilepsy, associated with cognitive and behavioral deficits, including impaired social-communication and restricted, repetitive behaviors that are the hallmarks of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With the advent of next-generation sequencing, the genetic landscape of epileptic encephalopathies is growing and demonstrates overlap with genes separately implicated in ASD. However, many questions remain about this connection, including whether epileptiform activity itself contributes to the development of ASD symptomatology...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641168/aicardi-syndrome-and-cognitive-abilities-a-report-of-five-cases
#14
Mia Tuft, Ylva Østby, Karl O Nakken, Caroline Lund
Aicardi syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder with agenesis of corpus callosum, chorioretinal lacunae, and infantile spasms as the main features. The outcome is in general severe, with poor cognitive development and difficult-to-treat epilepsy. In this study, we assessed the level of cognitive function of five girls with Aicardi syndrome, using normed population based tests and questionnaires. Their cognitive abilities varied from mild to profound intellectual disabilities. The more severe the epilepsy, the poorer were the cognitive skills...
June 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635418/infantile-spasms-and-injuries-of-prematurity-short-term-treatment-based-response-and-long-term-outcomes
#15
Adam Wallace, Victoria Allen, Kristen Park, Kelly Knupp
The association of infantile spasms and periventricular leukomalacia and/or intraventricular hemorrhage is well documented. Data regarding early treatment-based and long-term outcomes are limited. A retrospective chart review identified children with infantile spasms born prematurely (<37 weeks) with diagnoses of periventricular leukomalacia and/or intraventricular hemorrhage. Thirteen children were included. Median gestational age was 30 weeks and age of onset of infantile spasms was 8 months. Nine children had intraventricular hemorrhage, 10 had periventricular leukomalacia, and 6 children had both...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602636/extensive-phenotyping-of-two-arx-polyalanine-expansion-mutation-mouse-models-that-span-clinical-spectrum-of-intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy
#16
Matilda R Jackson, Kristie Lee, Tessa Mattiske, Emily J Jaehne, Ezgi Ozturk, Bernhard T Baune, Terence J O'Brien, Nigel Jones, Cheryl Shoubridge
The Aristaless-related homeobox gene (ARX) is a known intellectual disability (ID) gene that frequently presents with X-linked infantile spasm syndrome as a comorbidity. ID with epilepsy in children is a chronic and devastating disorder that has poor treatment options and disease outcomes. To gain a better understanding of the role that mutations in ARX play in ID and epilepsy, we investigate ARX patient mutations modelled in mice. Over half of all ARX mutations result from expansions of the first two polyalanine (PA1 and PA2 respectively) tracts...
September 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602030/variable-expressivity-of-a-likely-pathogenic-variant-in-kcnq2-in-a-three-generation-pedigree-presenting-with-intellectual-disability-with-childhood-onset-seizures
#17
Stacy Hewson, Klajdi Puka, Saadet Mercimek-Mahmutoglu
KCNQ2 has been reported as a frequent cause of autosomal dominant benign familial neonatal seizures. De novo likely pathogenic variants in KCNQ2 have been described in neonatal or early infantile onset epileptic encephalopathy patients. Here, we report a three-generation family with six affected patients with a novel likely pathogenic variant (c.628C>T; p.Arg210Cys) in KCNQ2. Four family members, three adults and a child, presented with a childhood seizure onset with variability in the severity of seizures and response to treatment, intellectual disability (ID) as well as behavioral problems...
June 11, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566192/association-of-a-synonymous-scn1b-variant-affecting-splicing-efficiency-with-benign-familial-infantile-epilepsy-bfie
#18
Sunay Usluer, Melek Aslı Kayserili, Aslı Gündoğdu Eken, Uluc Yiş, Costin Leu, Janine Altmüller, Holger Thiele, Peter Nürnberg, Thomas Sander, S Hande Çağlayan
Benign Familial Infantile Epilepsy (BFIE) is clinically characterized by clusters of brief partial seizures progressing to secondarily generalized seizures with onset at the age of 3-7 months and with favorable outcome. PRRT2 mutations are the most common cause of BFIE, and found in about 80% of BFIE families. In this study, we analyzed a large multiplex BFIE family by linkage and whole exome sequencing (WES) analyses. Genome-wide linkage analysis revealed significant evidence for linkage in the chromosomal region 19p12-q13 (LOD score 3...
May 13, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545339/increased-survival-and-partly-preserved-cognition-in-a-patient-with-aco2-related-disease-secondary-to-a-novel-variant
#19
Siddharth Srivastava, Cynthia S Gubbels, Kira Dies, Anne Fulton, Timothy Yu, Mustafa Sahin
ACO2 encodes aconitase 2, catalyzing the second step of the tricarboxylic acid. To date, there are only 6 reported families with 5 unique ACO2 mutations. Affected individuals can develop intellectual disability, epilepsy, brain atrophy, hypotonia, ataxia, optic atrophy, and retinal degeneration. Here, we report an 18-year-old boy with a novel ACO2 variant discovered on whole-exome sequencing. He presented with childhood-onset ataxia, impaired self-help skills comparable to severe-profound intellectual disability, intractable epilepsy, cerebellar atrophy, peripheral neuropathy, optic atrophy, and pigmentary retinopathy...
August 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524223/-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathies-what-matters-is-genetics
#20
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
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