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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528670/glycine-receptor-drug-discovery
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Joseph W Lynch, Yan Zhang, Sahil Talwar, Argel Estrada-Mondragon
Postsynaptic glycine receptor (GlyR) chloride channels mediate inhibitory neurotransmission in the spinal cord and brain stem, although presynaptic and extrasynaptic GlyRs are expressed more widely throughout the brain. In humans, GlyRs are assembled as homo- or heteromeric pentamers of α1-3 and β subunits. GlyR malfunctions have been linked to a range of neurological disorders including hyperekplexia, temporal lobe epilepsy, autism, breathing disorders, and chronic inflammatory pain. Although it is possible that GlyRs may eventually be clinically targeted for a variety of neurological disorders, most research to date has focused on developing GlyR-targeted treatments for chronic pain...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520841/chronic-inflammatory-pain-impairs-mglur5-mediated-depolarization-induced-suppression-of-excitation-in-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex
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Baolin Guo, Jiaqi Wang, Han Yao, Keke Ren, Jing Chen, Jing Yang, Guohong Cai, Haiying Liu, Yunlong Fan, Wenting Wang, Shengxi Wu
The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is a critical hub for nociceptive perception and pain-related anxiety. Long-term synaptic plasticity in ACC was found to be important for chronic inflammatory pain and pain-related anxiety. As short-term synaptic plasticity, depolarization-induced suppression of excitation (DSE) is involved in several conditions, such as chronic stress, epilepsy, and autism. However, it is still unknown whether DSE in the ACC is involved in the central sensitization of pain and anxiety. Using a whole-cell patch clamp, calcium imaging, western blot, and behavioral testing, we found that DSE was induced by a 2 s depolarization in postsynaptic pyramidal cells in ACC...
May 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506347/-association-between-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-epilepsy-in-children
#3
Song-Li Mei, Zhao Zhang, Xin Liu, Ting-Ting Gao, Xin-Xian Peng
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and epilepsy in children. METHODS: A total of 190 children with ASD were enrolled. A self-designed questionnaire, Childhood Autism Rating Scale, and Autism Behavior Checklist were used to determine the association between ASD and epilepsy. RESULTS: Among the 190 children with ASD, 20 (10.5%) had epileptic seizures and 12 (6.3%) were diagnosed with epilepsy. The rates of abnormal physical development and hearing disorders before the age of one year were significantly higher in ASD children with epileptic seizures than in those without epileptic seizures (P<0...
May 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505103/neuronal-migration-and-auts2-syndrome
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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/28502704/ketogenic-diet-leads-to-o-glcnac-modification-in-the-btbr-t-tf-j-mouse-model-of-autism
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Christopher Newell, Virginia L Johnsen, Nellie C Yee, Warren J Xu, Matthias S Klein, Aneal Khan, Jong M Rho, Jane Shearer
BACKGROUND: Protein O-linked-β-N-acetyl glucosamine (O-GlcNAc) is a post-translational modification to Ser/Thr residues that integrates energy supply with demand. Abnormal O-GlcNAc patterning is evident in several neurological disease states including epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A potential treatment option for these disorders includes the high-fat, low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet (KD). The goal of this study was to determine whether the KD induces changes in O-GlcNAc in the BTBR(T+tf/j) (BTBR) mouse model of ASD...
May 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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/28485850/child-and-parent-reported-quality-of-life-trajectories-in-children-with-epilepsy-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Mark A Ferro, Lisa Avery, Nora Fayed, David L Streiner, Charles E Cunningham, Michael H Boyle, Lucyna Lach, Gina Glidden, Peter L Rosenbaum, Gabriel M Ronen
OBJECTIVE: To describe the developmental trajectories of quality of life (QoL) in a large cohort of children with epilepsy, and to assess the relative contribution of clinical, psychosocial, and sociodemographic variables on QoL trajectories. METHODS: Five assessments during a 28-month prospective cohort study were used to model trajectories of QoL. Participants were recruited with their parents from six Canadian tertiary centers. A convenience sample of 506 children aged 8-14 years with epilepsy and without intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder were enrolled...
May 9, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483756/drowning-fatalities-in-childhood-the-role-of-pre-existing-medical-conditions
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Richard C Franklin, John H Pearn, Amy E Peden
OBJECTIVES: This study is an analysis of the contribution of pre-existing medical conditions to unintentional fatal child (0-14 years) drowning and a of critique prevention stratagems, with an exploration of issues of equity in recreation. DESIGN: This study is a total population, cross-sectional audit of all demographic, forensic and on-site situational details surrounding unintentional fatal drowning of children 0-14 years in Australia for the period of 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2012...
May 8, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472301/new-gain-of-function-mutation-shows-cacna1d-as-recurrently-mutated-gene-in-autism-spectrum-disorders-and-epilepsy
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Alexandra Pinggera, Luisa Mackenroth, Andreas Rump, Jens Schallner, Filippo Beleggia, Bernd Wollnik, Jörg Striessnig
CACNA1D encodes the pore-forming α1-subunit of Cav1.3, an L-type voltage-gated Ca2+-channel. Despite the recent discovery of two de novo missense gain-of-function mutations in Cav1.3 in two individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability CACNA1D has not been considered a prominent ASD-risk gene in large scale genetic analyses, since such studies primarly focus on likely-disruptive genetic variants. Here we report the discovery and characterization of a third de novo missense mutation in CACNA1D (V401L) in a patient with ASD and epilepsy...
May 4, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463240/incorrect-dosage-of-iqsec2-a-known-intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy-gene-disrupts-dendritic-spine-morphogenesis
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S J Hinze, M R Jackson, S Lie, L Jolly, M Field, S C Barry, R J Harvey, C Shoubridge
There is considerable genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity associated with intellectual disability (ID), specific learning disabilities, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and epilepsy. The intelligence quotient (IQ) motif and SEC7 domain containing protein 2 gene (IQSEC2) is located on the X-chromosome and harbors mutations that contribute to non-syndromic ID with and without early-onset seizure phenotypes in both sexes. Although IQ and Sec7 domain mutations lead to partial loss of IQSEC2 enzymatic activity, the in vivo pathogenesis resulting from these mutations is not known...
May 2, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457992/influence-of-seizures-on-early-development-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
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Jamie K Capal, Beatriz Bernardino-Cuesta, Paul S Horn, Donna Murray, Anna Weber Byars, Nicole M Bing, Bridget Kent, Deborah A Pearson, Mustafa Sahin, Darcy A Krueger
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is commonly seen in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). The relationship between seizures and developmental outcomes has been reported, but few studies have examined this relationship in a prospective, longitudinal manner. The objective of the study was to evaluate the relationship between seizures and early development in TSC. METHODS: Analysis of 130 patients ages 0-36months with TSC participating in the TSC Autism Center of Excellence Network, a large multicenter, prospective observational study evaluating biomarkers predictive of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), was performed...
May 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455770/autism-epilepsy-and-synaptopathies-a-not-rare-association
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REVIEW
Roberto Keller, Roberta Basta, Luana Salerno, Maurizio Elia
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental disorders typically diagnosed in childhood, characterized by core social dysfunction, rigid and repetitive behaviors, restricted interests, and abnormal sensorial sensitivity. ASD belong to multifactorial diseases: both genetic and environmental factors have been considered as potential risk factors for their onset. ASD are often associated with neurological conditions: the co-occurrence of epilepsy is well documented and there is also evidence of a higher prevalence of EEG abnormalities with 4-86% of individuals with ASD presenting epileptiform or not epileptiform EEG abnormalities...
April 28, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452083/neurobiological-bases-of-autism-epilepsy-comorbidity-a-focus-on-excitation-inhibition-imbalance
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Yuri Bozzi, Giovanni Provenzano, Simona Casarosa
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and epilepsy are common neurological diseases of childhood, with an estimated incidence of approximately 0.5 - 1% of the worldwide population. Several genetic, neuroimaging and neuropathological studies clearly showed that both ASD and epilepsy have developmental origins and a substantial degree of heritability. Most importantly, ASD and epilepsy frequently coexist in the same individual, suggesting a common neurodevelopmental basis for these disorders. Genome-wide association studies recently allowed for the identification of a substantial number of genes involved in ASD and epilepsy, some of which are mutated in syndromes presenting both ASD and epilepsy clinical features...
April 27, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447214/eeg-abnormalities-and-long-term-seizure-outcome-in-high-functioning-autism
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Özdem Ertürk Çetin, Barış Korkmaz, Gülce Alev, Veysi Demirbilek
Electroencephalographic abnormalities may occur in autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) even in the absence of clinical seizures. These abnormalities may vary from nonspecific changes to epileptiform abnormalities and are more common compared to the overall population. The level of intelligence is a significant risk factor for epilepsy in ASD. However, the relation between the functionality of the individuals with autism and the electroencephalographic (EEG) abnormalities, and the clinical significance of these abnormalities still remain relatively unclear...
April 26, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439889/prevalence-and-characteristics-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Malika Delobel-Ayoub, Dana Klapouszczak, Marit Maria Elisabeth van Bakel, Karen Horridge, Solveig Sigurdardottir, Kate Himmelmann, Catherine Arnaud
AIM: To evaluate the prevalence of co-occurring autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among children with cerebral palsy (CP), and to describe their characteristics. METHOD: The data of 1225 CP cases from four population-based registers (Iceland, Sweden, and two in France) and one population-based surveillance programme (North East England, UK) participating in the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe Network (SCPE) were analysed. The ASD diagnoses were systematically recorded using category F84 of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision...
April 25, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428202/precision-physiology-and-rescue-of-brain-ion-channel-disorders
#16
REVIEW
Jeffrey Noebels
Ion channel genes, originally implicated in inherited excitability disorders of muscle and heart, have captured a major role in the molecular diagnosis of central nervous system disease. Their arrival is heralded by neurologists confounded by a broad phenotypic spectrum of early-onset epilepsy, autism, and cognitive impairment with few effective treatments. As detection of rare structural variants in channel subunit proteins becomes routine, it is apparent that primary sequence alone cannot reliably predict clinical severity or pinpoint a therapeutic solution...
May 1, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
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/28413441/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-among-ugandan-children-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
Joan Wamulugwa, Angelina Kakooza, Sabrina Bakeera Kitaka, Joyce Nalugya, Mark Kaddumukasa, Shirley Moore, Martha Sajatovic, Elly Katabira
BACKGROUND: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neuropsychiatric disorder among the children. The burden of ADHD or its associated factors in Uganda are not known. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and the associated factors of ADHD among children attending the neurology and psychiatry clinics at Mulago National Referral Hospital. METHODS: Using the disruptive behavior scale (45 items), we investigated the presence of ADHD symptoms among children attending Mulago Hospital...
2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412919/neurological-disorders-in-medical-use-of-cannabis-an-update
#19
Renata Solimini, Maria Concetta Rotolo, Simona Pichini, Roberta Pacifici
Medical cannabis is increasingly used as a treatment or adjunct treatment with different levels of efficacy in several neurological disorders or related symptoms (such as multiple sclerosis, autism, Parkinson and Alzheimer disease, Tourette's syndrome, Huntington's disease, neuropathic pain, epilepsy, headache), as well as in other medical conditions (e.g. nausea and vomiting, glaucoma, appetite stimulation, cancer, inflammatory conditions, asthma). Nevertheless, a number of neurological adverse effects from use of medical cannabis on the short- and on the long- term have been reported, in addition to other adverse health events...
April 13, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399932/guideline-recommendations-for-diagnosis-and-clinical-management-of-ring14-syndrome-first-report-of-an-ad-hoc-task-force
#20
REVIEW
Berardo Rinaldi, Alessandro Vaisfeld, Sergio Amarri, Chiara Baldo, Giuseppe Gobbi, Pamela Magini, Erto Melli, Giovanni Neri, Francesca Novara, Tommaso Pippucci, Romana Rizzi, Annarosa Soresina, Laura Zampini, Orsetta Zuffardi, Marco Crimi
BACKGROUND: Ring chromosome 14 syndrome is a rare chromosomal disorder characterized by early onset refractory epilepsy, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder and a number of diverse health issues. RESULTS: The aim of this work is to provide recommendations for the diagnosis and management of persons affected by ring chromosome 14 syndrome based on evidence from literature and experience of health professionals from different medical backgrounds who have followed for several years subjects affected by ring chromosome 14 syndrome...
April 11, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
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