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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527083/shared-mechanisms-of-epilepsy-migraine-and-affective-disorders
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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/28503575/association-between-nlpr1-nlpr3-and-p2x7r-gene-polymorphisms-with-partial-seizures
#2
Haidong Wang, Pengfei Xu, Dehua Liao, Ruili Dang, Xin He, Yujin Guo, Pei Jiang
Objectives. Clinical and experimental evidence has clarified that the inflammatory processes within the brain play a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of seizures and epilepsy. Inflammasomes and P2X7 purinergic receptor (P2X7R) are important mediators during the inflammatory process. Therefore, we investigated the possible association between partial seizures and inflammasomes NLPR1, NLRP3, and P2X7R gene polymorphisms in the present study. Method. A total of 163 patients and 201 health controls were enrolled in this study and polymorphisms of NLPR1, NLRP3, and P2X7R genes were detected using polymerase chain reaction- (PCR-) ligase detection reaction method...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503077/an-unusual-association-of-headache-epilepsy-and-late-onset-kleist-s-pseudodepression-syndrome-in-frontal-lobe-cavernoma-of-the-cerebral-left-hemisphere
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Domenico Chirchiglia, Attilio Della Torre, Domenico Murrone, Pasquale Chirchiglia, Rosa Marotta
Cerebral cavernous angioma or cavernoma is a benign vascular malformation, usually asymptomatic. It is infrequent and often its discovery is incidental, a so-called incidentaloma. However, these lesions can be symptomatic, causing headaches, epilepsy, cerebral hemorrhage and other neurological signs depending on the brain area involved. Frontal localization is responsible for psychiatric disorders, particularly the prefrontal region, leading to prefrontal syndrome, a condition common in all frontal lobe tumors...
2017: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499889/recent-advances-in-epilepsy-genetics
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494323/stress-regulation-in-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Iliana Kotwas, Aileen McGonigal, Mireille Bastien-Toniazzo, Fabrice Bartolomei, Jean-Arthur Micoulaud-Franchi
The prevalence of psychological distress, especially depressive and anxiety disorders, is higher in epilepsy than in other chronic health conditions. These comorbid conditions contribute even more than epileptic seizures themselves to impaired quality of life in patients with epilepsy (PWE). The link between these comorbidities and epilepsy appears to have a neurobiological basis, which is at least partly mediated by stress through psychological and pathophysiological pathways. The impact of stress in PWE is also particularly important because it is the most frequently reported seizure trigger...
May 8, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488252/multiscale-modeling-in-the-clinic-diseases-of-the-brain-and-nervous-system
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REVIEW
William W Lytton, Jeff Arle, Georgiy Bobashev, Songbai Ji, Tara L Klassen, Vasilis Z Marmarelis, James Schwaber, Mohamed A Sherif, Terence D Sanger
Computational neuroscience is a field that traces its origins to the efforts of Hodgkin and Huxley, who pioneered quantitative analysis of electrical activity in the nervous system. While also continuing as an independent field, computational neuroscience has combined with computational systems biology, and neural multiscale modeling arose as one offshoot. This consolidation has added electrical, graphical, dynamical system, learning theory, artificial intelligence and neural network viewpoints with the microscale of cellular biology (neuronal and glial), mesoscales of vascular, immunological and neuronal networks, on up to macroscales of cognition and behavior...
May 9, 2017: Brain Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480502/enriched-environment-attenuates-behavioral-seizures%C3%A2-and-depression-in-chronic%C3%A2-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Marigowda Vrinda, Arun Sasidharan, Sahajan Aparna, Bettadapura N Srikumar, Bindu M Kutty, Byrathnahalli S Shankaranarayana Rao
OBJECTIVE: Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is commonly associated with depression, anxiety, and cognitive impairment. Despite significant progress in our understanding of the pathophysiology of TLE, it remains the most common form of refractory epilepsy. Enriched environment (EE) has a beneficial effect in many neuropsychiatric disorders. However, the effect of EE on cognitive changes in chronic TLE has not been evaluated. Accordingly, the present study evaluated the effects of EE on chronic epilepsy-induced alterations in cognitive functions, electrophysiology, and cellular changes in the hippocampus...
May 8, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479855/the-genetic-relationship-between-epilepsy-and-hemiplegic-migraine
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REVIEW
Yiqing Huang, Hai Xiao, Xingyue Qin, Yuan Nong, Donghua Zou, Yuan Wu
Epilepsy and migraine are common diseases of the nervous system and share genetic and pathophysiological mechanisms. Familial hemiplegic migraine is an autosomal dominant disease. It is often used as a model of migraine. Four genes often contain one or more mutations in both epilepsy and hemiplegic migraine patients (ie, CACNA1A, ATP1A2, SCN1A, and PRRT2). A better understanding of the shared genetics of epilepsy and hemiplegic migraine may reveal new strategic directions for research and treatment of both the disorders...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444426/investigation-of-altered-microstructure-in-patients-with-drug-refractory-epilepsy-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Yuwei Jiang, Lingyan Mao, Xu Yan, Mingxia Fan, Xin Wang, Jing Ding, Dongrong Xu
PURPOSE: The risk of refractory epilepsy can be more dangerous than the adverse effect caused by medical treatment. In this study, we employed voxel-wise analysis (VWA) and tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) methods to measure microstructural changes using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in patients of drug refractory epilepsy (DRE) who had been epileptic for more than 10 years. METHODS: To examine the specific microstructural abnormalities in DRE patients and its difference from medically controlled epilepsy (MCE), we acquired DTI data of 7 DRE patients, 37 MCE patients, and 31 healthy controls (HCs) using a 3 T MRI scanner...
April 25, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434139/neurological-manifestations-of-atypical-celiac-disease-in-childhood
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Çiğdem Genç Sel, Erhan Aksoy, Ayşe Aksoy, Deniz Yüksel, Ferda Özbay
Various typical and atypical neurological manifestations can be seen as the initial symptoms of celiac disease (CD). We suggest that gluten toxicity is the most suspicious triggering risk factor for probable pathophysiological pathways of neurological involvement in atypical CD. The medical charts of 117 patients diagnosed with atypical CD were retrieved from a tertiary center in Ankara, Turkey. Eight patients reported as having neurologic manifestations as initiating symptoms were evaluated in detail. The initial neurological manifestations of CD in our study included atypical absence, which was reported first in this study, generalized tonic-clonic seizures, complex partial seizures, severe axial hypotonia and down phenotype, multifocal leukoencephalopathy, mild optic neuritis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and short duration headaches...
April 22, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431832/unravelling-the-mysteries-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy
#11
K G Hampel, R Rocamora Zuñiga, C M Quesada
INTRODUCTION: Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the most frequent cause of premature death in epileptic patients. Most SUDEP events occur at night and frequently go unnoticed; the exact pathophysiological mechanisms of this phenomenon therefore remain undetermined. Nevertheless, most cases of SUDEP are attributed to an infrequent yet extremely severe complication of epileptic seizures. DEVELOPMENT: We conducted a systematic literature search on PubMed...
April 18, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427841/localized-shape-abnormalities-in-the-thalamus-and-pallidum-are-associated-with-secondarily-generalized-seizures-in-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Linglin Yang, Hong Li, Lujia Zhu, Xinfeng Yu, Bo Jin, Cong Chen, Shan Wang, Meiping Ding, Minming Zhang, Zhong Chen, Shuang Wang
Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) is a common type of drug-resistant epilepsy and secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizures (sGTCS) have devastating consequences for patients' safety and quality of life. To probe the mechanism underlying the genesis of sGTCS, we investigated the structural differences between patients with and without sGTCS in a cohort of mTLE with radiologically defined unilateral hippocampal sclerosis. We performed voxel-based morphometric analysis of cortex and vertex-wise shape analysis of subcortical structures (the basal ganglia and thalamus) on MRI of 39 patients (21 with and 18 without sGTCS)...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427028/terminal-seizure-frequency-and-its-relation-to-sudep
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Deng Chen, Yang Si, Jun He, Ying Deng, Tao Chen, Yu-Jin He, Ling Liu, Dong Zhou
BACKGROUND: Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major cause of death in patients with epilepsy. Several risk factors have been implicated, including early age of onset, tonic-clonic seizures and antiepileptic drugs. However, whether patients who die from SUDEP have a greater frequency of seizures in the few months before death is unclear. We investigated the terminal seizure frequency and its relation to SUDEP among a large group of patients with tonic-clonic seizures in rural West China...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427026/epilepsy-and-headaches-further-evidence-of-a-link
#14
Asli Ece Çilliler, Hayat Güven, Selim Selçuk Çomoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy and primary headaches are two of the most common neurologic conditions that share some common clinical characteristics, and can affect individuals of all age groups around the world. In recent years, the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms potentially common to both headaches and epileptic seizures have been the subject of scrutiny. The objective of this study was to determine the frequencies and types of headaches in patients with epilepsy, and evaluate any temporal relationship with epileptic seizures...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425097/seizure-frequency-correlates-with-loss-of-dentate-gyrus-gabaergic-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#15
Paul S Buckmaster, Emily Abrams, Xiling Wen
Epilepsy occurs in one of 26 people. Temporal lobe epilepsy is common and can be difficult to treat effectively. It can develop after brain injuries that damage the hippocampus. Multiple pathophysiological mechanisms involving the hippocampal dentate gyrus have been proposed. This study evaluated a mouse model of temporal lobe epilepsy to test which pathological changes in the dentate gyrus correlate with seizure frequency and help prioritize potential mechanisms for further study. FVB mice (n = 127) that had experienced status epilepticus after systemic treatment with pilocarpine 31-61 days earlier were video-monitored for spontaneous, convulsive seizures 9 hr/day every day for 24-36 days...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420012/vitamin-b6-responsive-epilepsy-due-to-a-novel-kcnq2-mutation
#16
Kerstin Alexandra Klotz, Johannes R Lemke, Rudolf Korinthenberg, Julia Jacobs
Mutations in KCNQ2, encoding for subunits of potassium channels, are known to cause neonatal epileptic encephalopathy (NEE). Therapeutic options for these children are often limited. Recently, there are indications that some patients with KCNQ2 NEE show seizure response to vitamin B6 (VB6) therapy. We present a young infant with severe KCNQ2 encephalopathy resulting from a novel de novo mutation (c.1023G>C; p.(Gln341His)). In our patient, VB6 responsiveness could be demonstrated clearly by remarkable seizure-response to VB6 therapy and seizure exacerbation to discontinuation of VB6 therapy...
April 18, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416445/%C3%AE-o-conotoxin-gexiva-disulfide-bond-isomers-exhibit-differential-sensitivity-for-various-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-but-retain-potency-and-selectivity-for-the-human-%C3%AE-9%C3%AE-10-subtype
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Dongting Zhangsun, Xiaopeng Zhu, Quentin Kaas, Yong Wu, David J Craik, J Michael McIntosh, Sulan Luo
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subtypes exhibit distinct neuropharmacological properties that are involved in a range of neuropathological conditions, including pain, addiction, epilepsy, autism, schizophrenia, Tourette's syndrome, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, as well as many types of cancer. The α9α10 nAChR is a potential target in chronic pain, wound healing, the pathophysiology of the auditory system, and breast and lung cancers. αO-conotoxin GeXIVA is a potent antagonist of rat α9α10 nAChRs, with the 'bead' disulfide bond isomer displaying the lowest IC50 of the three possible isomers...
April 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410466/history-of-surgery-for-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Ali A Asadi-Pooya, Cyrus Rostami
The history of epilepsy and its treatment goes back to ancient times when it included medicinal herbs, lifestyle modifications, and even surgery. Trepanation is considered the oldest surgical procedure for the treatment of epilepsy. The first series of temporal lobectomies for the treatment of drug-resistant epilepsy were reported by Penfield and Flanigin (1950). During the years since then, neuroimaging and other technologies have had remarkable and revolutionary progress. This progress has resulted in tremendous advancements in understanding the underlying causes and pathophysiology of epilepsies...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403704/nursing-management-of-reflex-anoxic-seizures-in-children
#19
Neal Patel, Rowan Kerr-Liddell, Louise Challis, Siba Prosad Paul
Children who present with transient loss of consciousness (T-LOC) are often first seen in emergency departments (EDs). Reflex anoxic seizure (RAS), vasovagal syncope and prolonged respiratory apnoea are benign, syncopal events that can be generally managed by explanation and reassurance. RAS is a short, paroxysmal, self-reverting episode of asystole that is triggered by pain, fear or anxiety and is caused by increased vagal response. It is an important differential diagnosis in pre-school age children who present with T-LOC, but is often underdiagnosed and can sometimes be misdiagnosed as epilepsy...
April 13, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389651/unique-residues-in-the-atp-gated-human-p2x7-receptor-define-a-novel-allosteric-binding-pocket-for-the-selective-antagonist-az10606120
#20
Rebecca C Allsopp, Sudad Dayl, Ralf Schmid, Richard J Evans
The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) for ATP is a therapeutic target for pathophysiological states including inflammation, pain management and epilepsy. This is facilitated by the predicted low side effect profile as the high concentrations of ATP required to activate the receptor are usually only found following cell damage/disease and so P2X7Rs respond to a "danger" signal and are not normally active. AZ10606120 is a selective antagonist for P2X7Rs (IC50 of ~10 nM) and ineffective at the P2X1R (at 10 μM). To determine the molecular basis of selectivity we generated a series of P2X7/1R chimeras and mutants...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
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