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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526948/an-innovative-strategy-to-clone-positive-modifier-genes-of-defects-caused-by-mtdna-mutations-mrps18c-as-suppressor-gene-of-m-3946g-a-mutation-in-mt-nd1-gene
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María Elena Rodríguez-García, Francisco Javier Cotrina-Vinagre, Patricia Carnicero-Rodríguez, Francisco Martínez-Azorín
We have developed a new functional complementation approach to clone modifier genes which overexpression is able to suppress the biochemical defects caused by mtDNA mutations (suppressor genes). This strategy consists in transferring human genes into respiratory chain-deficient fibroblasts, followed by a metabolic selection in a highly selective medium. We used a normalized expression cDNA library in an episomal vector (pREP4) to transfect the fibroblasts, and a medium with glutamine and devoid of any carbohydrate source to select metabolically...
May 19, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524225/-how-must-we-manage-epileptic-encephalopathies-in-infants-conclusions
#2
V Soto-Insuga
Epileptic encephalopathies are defined as epileptic syndromes in which the epileptic activity per se (in the form of frequent seizures or the presence of interictal epileptiform activity) contributes to a cognitive and behavioural disorder that is more important than could be expected from the causation of the disorder. Their aetiological diagnosis is fundamental to allow an early treatment to be established. We propose a diagnostic algorithm for patients with epileptic encephalopathy with onset during the first year of life, which includes management coordinated with electroencephalographic studies, neuroimaging, and screening for metabolic and genetic disorders...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524224/-epileptic-encephalopathies-in-infancy-how-do-we-treat-them-does-the-aetiology-influence-the-response-to-treatment
#3
S Roldan
INTRODUCTION: Resistance to treatments is a common feature of Ohtahara, Aicardi, West and Dravet syndromes, as well as malignant migrating epilepsy in infancy. AIMS: To update the therapeutic management and to analyse whether the aetiology somehow determines the treatment. DEVELOPMENT: Convulsive seizures in the first year of life may be due to a potentially treatable aetiology, which makes it essential to carry out a complete evaluation so as to be able to begin, as early as possible, the most suitable and the non-specific symptomatic treatments to control the seizures, which prevents or minimises their deleterious effects...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524223/-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathies-what-matters-is-genetics
#4
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/28524222/-neuroimaging-in-epileptic-encephalopathies-in-infants
#5
M A Lopez-Pino, E Garcia-Esparza
Magnetic resonance plays a vital role in the aetiological diagnosis of epileptic encephalopathies, since it is capable of identifying specific aetiological patterns or patterns which are suggestive of different conditions. We review the main magnetic resonance findings that are observed in symptomatic epileptic encephalopathies.
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524221/-epileptic-spasms-in-infants-beyond-hypsarrhythmia
#6
M Garcia-Fernandez
Epileptic spasms are the most frequent type of epileptic seizures in infants. They can also occur beyond the period of infancy, within the context of other epileptic encephalopathies or as an expression of a focal or generalised epilepsy. The clinical semiology of epileptic spasms varies greatly. They sometimes consist of very subtle clinical manifestations, which occur in series, without the typical axorhizomelic contraction, or in association with focal seizures. The critical EEG correlate is also very variable and basically consists of the combination of a hypervoltage slow wave, a bout of rapid low-amplitude activity or a diffuse attenuation of the trace...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524220/-metabolic-approach-in-epileptic-encephalopathies-in-infants
#7
L Lopez-Marin
INTRODUCTION: Although the overall incidence of inborn errors of metabolism is low, their early diagnosis is essential, since some of them have a specific treatment. DEVELOPMENT: We review the main treatable inborn errors of metabolism that can present as early-onset epileptic encephalopathies, together with their biochemical markers and their treatment. CONCLUSIONS: It is important to think about the possibility of an inborn error of metabolism with a specific therapy, since it is crucial for this to be started as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent neurological damage...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524219/-epileptic-encephalopathies
#8
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/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/28518218/comparison-and-optimization-of-in-silico-algorithms-for-predicting-the-pathogenicity-of-sodium-channel-variants-in-epilepsy
#10
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/28506426/heterogeneity-of-fhf1-related-phenotype-novel-case-with-early-onset-severe-attacks-of-apnea-partial-mitochondrial-respiratory-chain-complex-ii-deficiency-neonatal-onset-seizures-without-neurodegeneration
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Nathalie Villeneuve, Affef Abidi, Pierre Cacciagli, Cécile Mignon-Ravix, Brigitte Chabrol, Laurent Villard, Mathieu Milh
INTRODUCTION/OBJECTIVES: We report the case of a child prospectively followed in our institution for a severe, neonatal onset epilepsy presenting with severe attacks of apnea that were not initially recognized as seizure since they were not associated with any abnormal movement and since interictal EEG was normal. Recording of attacks using prolonged video-EEG recording allowed to confirm the diagnosis of epileptic seizures. RESULTS: Using whole exome sequencing we found a de novo heterozygous, missense mutation of FHF1 (p...
April 29, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497130/not-all-that-glitters-is-gold-a-guide-to-critical-appraisal-of-animal-drug-trials-in-epilepsy
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Aristea S Galanopoulou, Wenzhu B Mowrey
Preclinical studies have produced numerous drugs with antiseizure properties which currently are the standard of care in clinical care. A third of the human population with epilepsy still continues having seizures despite the ongoing discoveries. The recognized clinical gaps of care that need to be addressed are the identification of antiepileptogenic and disease modifying treatments, treatments for refractory seizures or for seizures and epilepsies with limited or unsatisfactory treatments, such as early life epileptic encephalopathies...
December 2016: Epilepsia Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493438/deficient-activity-of-alanyl-trna-synthetase-underlies-an-autosomal-recessive-syndrome-of-progressive-microcephaly-hypomyelination-and-epileptic-encephalopathy
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Tojo Nakayama, Jiang Wu, Patricia Galvin-Parton, Jody Weiss, Mary R Andriola, R Sean Hill, Dylan Vaughan, Malak El-Quessny, Brenda J Barry, Jennifer N Partlow, A James Barkovich, Jiqiang Ling, Ganeshwaran H Mochida
Aminoacyl-transfer RNA (tRNA) synthetases ligate amino acids to specific tRNAs and are essential for protein synthesis. Although alanyl-tRNA synthetase (AARS) is a synthetase implicated in a wide range of neurological disorders from Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease to infantile epileptic encephalopathy, there have been limited data on their pathogenesis. Here we report loss-of-function mutations in AARS in two siblings with progressive microcephaly with hypomyelination, intractable epilepsy and spasticity...
May 11, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491900/screening-of-conventional-anticonvulsants-in-a-genetic-mouse-model-of-epilepsy
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Nicole A Hawkins, Lyndsey L Anderson, Tracy S Gertler, Linda Laux, Alfred L George, Jennifer A Kearney
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that affects 1% of the population. Approximately, 30% of individuals with epilepsy are refractory to treatment, highlighting the need for novel therapies. Conventional anticonvulsant screening relies predominantly on induced seizure models. However, these models may not be etiologically relevant for genetic epilepsies. Mutations in SCN1A are a common cause of Dravet Syndrome, a severe epileptic encephalopathy. Dravet syndrome typically begins in infancy with seizures provoked by fever and then progresses to include afebrile pleomorphic seizure types...
May 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490751/unexpected-efficacy-of-a-novel-sodium-channel-modulator-in-dravet-syndrome
#16
Lyndsey L Anderson, Nicole A Hawkins, Christopher H Thompson, Jennifer A Kearney, Alfred L George
Dravet syndrome, an epileptic encephalopathy affecting children, largely results from heterozygous loss-of-function mutations in the brain voltage-gated sodium channel gene SCN1A. Heterozygous Scn1a knockout (Scn1a (+/-)) mice recapitulate the severe epilepsy phenotype of Dravet syndrome and are an accepted animal model. Because clinical observations suggest conventional sodium channel blocking antiepileptic drugs may worsen the disease, we predicted the phenotype of Scn1a (+/-) mice would be exacerbated by GS967, a potent, unconventional sodium channel blocker...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489313/in-utero-seizures-revealing-dentato-olivary-dysplasia-caused-by-scn2a-mutation
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Fanny Sauvestre, Sébastien Moutton, Catherine Badens, Bernard Broussin, Dominique Carles, Nada Houcinat, Caroline Lacoste, Florent Marguet, Christophe Pecheux, Laurent Villard, Fanny Pelluard, Annie Laquerrière, Gwenaëlle André
Most early-onset epileptic encephalopathies (EOEE) are caused by genetic defects. In the past, mutations, especially in genes encoding sodium channels, have been identified using linkage studies, array-CGH and more recently next-generation sequencing (NGS) [1]. Mutations in SCN2A gene have been identified in a wide variety of early-onset epileptic syndromes including benign familial neonatal infantile seizures (BFNIS) [2] and more severe forms leading to encephalopathy such as Ohtahara or West syndromes [3], epilepsy of infancy with migrating focal seizures (EIMFS) [4] and autism spectrum disorders [5]...
May 10, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479797/lennox-gastaut-syndrome-a-prospective-follow-up-study
#18
Bhanu Pratap Rathaur, Ravindra Kumar Garg, Hardeep Singh Malhotra, Neeraj Kumar, Praveen Kumar Sharma, Rajesh Verma, Ravi Uniyal
OBJECTIVES: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a catastrophic epileptic encephalopathy. In Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, seizures are resistant to pharmacological treatment. In this prospective study, we evaluated the clinical features, neuroimaging, and response to treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-three consecutive newly diagnosed patients of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome were enrolled in the study. Baseline clinical assessment included seizure semiology, seizure frequency, electroencephalography, and neuroimaging...
April 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477354/a-de-novo-missense-mutation-in-slc12a5-found-in-a-compound-heterozygote-patient-with-epilepsy-of-infancy-with-migrating-focal-seizures
#19
T Saito, A Ishii, K Sugai, M Sasaki, S Hirose
Epilepsy of infancy with migrating focal seizures (EIMFS) is an infantile epileptic encephalopathy characterized by refractory seizures, severe psychomotor delay, and multiple moving epileptic discharges. The genetic etiology of EIMFS is relatively homogeneous with the majority of causative mutations found in KCNT1. Currently, gene panel or whole-exome sequencing is used for testing. To verify the pathogenicity of a variant, co-segregation of the variant and the disorder in a pedigree is important; hence, de novo mutations that are judged to be deleterious may be considered pathogenic because the patients are isolated...
May 6, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471101/ophthalmologic-features-of-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
#20
Bo Hee Kim, Young Suk Yu, Seong Joon Kim
PURPOSE: To describe the characteristics and frequency of ophthalmologic findings in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). METHODS: The medical records of patients diagnosed with LGS at Seoul National University Children's Hospital from January 2004 to August 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. The records of 34 patients (mean age ± standard deviation, 2.66 ± 3.51 years; male, 58.8%) were reviewed. The primary measure was the incidence of ophthalmologic manifestations...
April 24, 2017: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
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