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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202703/investigations-in-gabaa-receptor-antibody-associated-encephalitis
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Marianna Spatola, Mar Petit-Pedrol, Mateus Mistieri Simabukuro, Thaís Armangue, Fernanda J Castro, Maria I Barcelo Artigues, Maria R Julià Benique, Leslie Benson, Mark Gorman, Ana Felipe, Ruben L Caparó Oblitas, Myrna R Rosenfeld, Francesc Graus, Josep Dalmau
OBJECTIVE: To report the clinical features, comorbidities, receptor subunit targets, and outcome in patients with anti-GABAA receptor (GABAAR) encephalitis. METHODS: Clinical study of 26 patients, including 17 new (April 2013-January 2016) and 9 previously reported patients. Antibodies to α1, β3, and γ2 subunits of the GABAAR were determined using reported techniques. RESULTS: Patients' median age was 40.5 years (interquartile range 48...
February 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197553/the-role-of-sirt1-in-epileptogenesis
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Alicia M Hall, Gary P Brennan, Tiffany M Nguyen, Akanksha Singh-Taylor, Hyun-Seung Mun, Mary J Sargious, Tallie Z Baram
The mechanisms by which brain insults lead to subsequent epilepsy remain unclear. Insults, including trauma, stroke, tumors, infections, and long seizures [status epilepticus (SE)], create a neuronal state of increased metabolic demand or decreased energy supply. Neurons express molecules that monitor their metabolic state, including sirtuins (Sirts). Sirtuins deacetylate cytoplasmic proteins and nuclear histones, and their epigenetic modulation of the chromatin governs the expression of many genes, influencing neuronal properties...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192116/prrt2-inhibits-the-proliferation-of-glioma-cells-by-modulating-unfolded-protein-response-pathway
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Guanghui Bi, Jingfeng Yan, Shuzhen Sun
Accumulating studies reported mutations in the gene encoding the proline-rich transmembrane protein 2 (PRRT2) to be causative for several paroxysmal neurological disorders, including paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD), PKD combined with infantile seizures (ICCA), and benign familial infantile seizures (BFIS). However, the impact of PRRT2 in tumorigenesis is not known. Based on a large-scale data analysis, we found that PRRT2 was down-regulated in glioma tumor tissues compared with normal brain tissue. Dysregulation of PRRT2 was not induced by mutation, copy number variation and epigenetic modification, but modulated by microRNA-30a-5p...
February 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190444/management-of-neuro-oncologic-emergencies
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J T Jo, D Schiff
Patients with brain tumors and systemic malignancies are subject to diverse neurologic complications that require urgent evaluation and treatment. These neurologic conditions are commonly due to the tumor's direct effects on the nervous system, such as cerebral edema, increased intracranial pressure, seizures, spinal cord compression, and leptomeningeal metastases. In addition, neurologic complications can develop as a result of thrombocytopenia, coagulopathy, hyperviscosity syndromes, infection, immune-related disorders, and adverse effects of treatment...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169952/hippocampal-infusion-of-lipopolysaccharide-induces-immune-responses-and-results-in-seizures-in-rats
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Yanxiang Zhang, Xuwen Sun, Yu Nai, Maowen Ba, Qiang Fu, Fei Wu
Recent studies suggest that epileptic seizures might be facilitated by immune reactions in the brain. However, it remains unclear whether inflammatory reactions could result in acute and chronic epileptic seizures in vivo. In the present study, we investigated whether a hippocampal infusion of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) can induce epileptic seizures in rats. We also aimed to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that underpin this phenomenon. Male Wistar rats received a 1.5 μl infusion of either LPS (5 µg/μl), normal saline, or kainate (KA) (0...
March 1, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166219/identification-of-diverse-astrocyte-populations-and-their-malignant-analogs
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Chia-Ching John Lin, Kwanha Yu, Asante Hatcher, Teng-Wei Huang, Hyun Kyoung Lee, Jeffrey Carlson, Matthew C Weston, Fengju Chen, Yiqun Zhang, Wenyi Zhu, Carrie A Mohila, Nabil Ahmed, Akash J Patel, Benjamin R Arenkiel, Jeffrey L Noebels, Chad J Creighton, Benjamin Deneen
Astrocytes are the most abundant cell type in the brain, where they perform a wide array of functions, yet the nature of their cellular heterogeneity and how it oversees these diverse roles remains shrouded in mystery. Using an intersectional fluorescence-activated cell sorting-based strategy, we identified five distinct astrocyte subpopulations present across three brain regions that show extensive molecular diversity. Application of this molecular insight toward function revealed that these populations differentially support synaptogenesis between neurons...
February 6, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128693/endoscopic-endonasal-versus-transcranial-approach-to-tuberculum-sellae-and-planum-sphenoidale-meningiomas-in-a-similar-cohort-of-patients
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Evan D Bander, Harminder Singh, Colin B Ogilvie, Ryan C Cusic, David J Pisapia, Apostolos John Tsiouris, Vijay K Anand, Theodore H Schwartz
OBJECTIVE Planum sphenoidale (PS) and tuberculum sellae (TS) meningiomas cause visual symptoms due to compression of the optic chiasm. The treatment of choice is surgical removal with the goal of improving vision and achieving complete tumor removal. Two options exist to remove these tumors: the transcranial approach (TCA) and the endonasal endoscopic approach (EEA). Significant controversy exists regarding which approach provides the best results and whether there is a subset of patients for whom an EEA may be more suitable...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123734/diagnostic-and-therapeutic-challenges-in-extragonadal-yolk-sac-tumor-with-hepatoid-differentiation-a-case-report
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Vanja Zeremski, Christian Mawrin, Thomas Fischer, Enrico Schalk
Yolk sac tumors (YSTs) are rare aggressive tumors, arising most commonly in the gonads and occurring mainly in young adults. We herein report a case of an extragonadal YST with hepatoid differentiation localized in the brain and lung. A 41-year old man presented to our hospital with a generalized seizure. A head computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging examination revealed a large mass in the left occipital lobe with associated edema. Following complete resection, the histopathological examination revealed that the mass was a highly malignant epithelial tumor with a hepatoid pattern...
January 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111355/epigenetics-in-epilepsy
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REVIEW
K Kobow, I Blümcke
Approximately 50 million people have epilepsy, making it the most common chronic and severe neurological disease worldwide, with increased risk of mortality and psychological and socioeconomic consequences impairing quality of life. More than 30% of patients with epilepsy have inadequate control of their seizures with drug therapy. Any structural brain lesion can provoke epilepsy. However, progression of seizure activity as well as the development of drug-resistance remains difficult to predict, irrespective of the underlying epileptogenic condition, i...
January 19, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108639/prevalence-of-epilepsy-seizures-as-a-comorbidity-of-neurologic-disorders-in-nursing-homes
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Angela K Birnbaum, Ilo E Leppik, Kenneth Svensden, Lynn E Eberly
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of epilepsy/seizure (epi/sz) comorbid with other neurologic disorders in elderly nursing home residents and to examine demographic and regional variability and associations with clinical characteristics. METHODS: We studied 5 cross-sectional cohorts of all residents in any Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing home in the United States on July 15 of each year from 2003 to 2007. Epi/sz was identified by ICD-9 codes (345.xx or 780...
January 20, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087392/predictors-and-mechanisms-of-epilepsy-occurrence-in-cerebral-gliomas-what-to-look-for-in-clinicopathology
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Cheng Huang, Xiao-Sa Chi, Xin Hu, Ni Chen, Qiao Zhou, Dong Zhou, Jin-Mei Li
Gliomas, especially low-grade gliomas, are highly epileptogenic brain tumors. Histopathological information is valuable in evaluating the diagnosis and/or biologic behavior of various gliomas. Here we explored the clinical data and histopathological predictors of the occurrence of epilepsy in patients with gliomas. A retrospective study examined 310 consecutive patients who had undergone surgical treatment for gliomas in our institution from January 2013 to January 2015. Clinical data and pathological examination results were analyzed...
January 11, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068234/radiation-dose-dependent-hippocampal-atrophy-detected-with-longitudinal-volumetric-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Tyler M Seibert, Roshan Karunamuni, Hauke Bartsch, Samar Kaifi, Anitha Priya Krishnan, Yoseph Dalia, Jeffrey Burkeen, Vyacheslav Murzin, Vitali Moiseenko, Joshua Kuperman, Nathan S White, James B Brewer, Nikdokht Farid, Carrie R McDonald, Jona A Hattangadi-Gluth
PURPOSE: After radiation therapy (RT) to the brain, patients often experience memory impairment, which may be partially mediated by damage to the hippocampus. Hippocampal sparing in RT planning is the subject of recent and ongoing clinical trials. Calculating appropriate hippocampal dose constraints would be improved by efficient in vivo measurements of hippocampal damage. In this study we sought to determine whether brain RT was associated with dose-dependent hippocampal atrophy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Hippocampal volume was measured with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 52 patients who underwent fractionated, partial brain RT for primary brain tumors...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061403/berberine-ameliorates-intrahippocampal-kainate-induced-status-epilepticus-and-consequent-epileptogenic-process-in-the-rat-underlying-mechanisms
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Reza Sedaghat, Yosra Taab, Zahra Kiasalari, Siamak Afshin-Majd, Tourandokht Baluchnejadmojarad, Mehrdad Roghani
Status epilepticus (SE) is a life-threatening neurologic condition, instigating epileptogenesis to transform normal brain to an epileptic condition. SE is followed by spontaneous recurrent seizures (SRS) and final development of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) that is resistant to treatment. Neuroprotective strategies are increasingly put forward as a promising therapy to prevent and/or manage epileptic conditions. In this study, we investigated whether berberis alkaloid, i.e. berberine (BBR), could ameliorate intrahippocampal kainate-induced SE and its consequent epileptogenic process and to explore some underlying mechanisms...
March 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059647/simulating-vasogenic-brain-edema-using-chronic-vegf-infusion
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Martin Piazza, Jeeva Munasinghe, Roger Murayi, Nancy Edwards, Blake Montgomery, Stuart Walbridge, Marsha Merrill, Prashant Chittiboina
OBJECTIVE To study peritumoral brain edema (PTBE), it is necessary to create a model that accurately simulates vasogenic brain edema (VBE) without introducing a complicated tumor environment. PTBE associated with brain tumors is predominantly a result of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) secreted by brain tumors, and VEGF infusion alone can lead to histological blood-brain barrier (BBB) breakdown in the absence of tumor. VBE is intimately linked to BBB breakdown. The authors sought to establish a model for VBE with chronic infusion of VEGF that can be validated by serial in-vivo MRI and histological findings...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043238/recurrent-ataxia-in-children-and-adolescents
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Michael S Salman, Samantha F Klassen, Janine L Johnston
BACKGROUND: Recurrent ataxia is encountered infrequently in clinical pediatric neurology practise and presents with diagnostic challenges. It is caused by several disorders. Our aims were to describe the epidemiology and clinical features in children with recurrent ataxia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was undertaken in 185 children with chronic ataxia, who presented during 1991 to 2008. Several databases were searched to ensure optimum ascertainment...
January 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041673/epilepsy-related-brain-tumors
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REVIEW
Özdem Ertürk Çetin, Cihan İşler, Mustafa Uzan, Çiğdem Özkara
Seizures are among the most common presentations of brain tumors. Several tumor types can cause seizures in varying rates; neuroglial tumors and the gliomas are the most common ones. Brain tumors are the second most common cause of focal intractable epilepsy in epilepsy surgery series, with the highest frequency being dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors and gangliogliomas. Seizure management is an important part of the treatment of patients with brain tumors. This review discusses clinical features and management of seizures in patients with brain tumors, including, neuroglial tumors, gliomas, meningioma and metastases; with the help of recent literature data...
January 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039368/long-term-neurologic-health-and-psychosocial-function-of-adult-survivors-of-childhood-medulloblastoma-pnet-a-report-from-the-childhood-cancer-survivor-study
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Allison A King, Kristy Seidel, Chongzhi Di, Wendy M Leisenring, Stephanie Mabry Perkins, Kevin R Krull, Charles A Sklar, Daniel M Green, Gregory T Armstrong, Lonnie K Zeltzer, Elizabeth Wells, Marilyn Stovall, Nicole J Ullrich, Kevin C Oeffinger, Leslie L Robison, Roger J Packer
BACKGROUND: Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant childhood brain tumor, although long-term risks for chronic neurologic health and psychosocial functioning in aging adult survivors are incompletely characterized. METHODS: The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS) includes 380 five-year survivors of medulloblastoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET; median age at follow-up: 30 y, interquartile range 24-36) and sibling comparison (n = 4031). Cumulative incidence of neurologic health conditions was reported...
December 29, 2016: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028533/extracellular-electrical-recording-of-ph-triggered-bursts-in-c6-glioma-cell-populations
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Paulo R F Rocha, Maria C R Medeiros, Ulrike Kintzel, Johannes Vogt, Inês M Araújo, Ana L G Mestre, Volker Mailänder, Paul Schlett, Melanie Dröge, Leonid Schneider, Fabio Biscarini, Dago M de Leeuw, Henrique L Gomes
Glioma patients often suffer from epileptic seizures because of the tumor's impact on the brain physiology. Using the rat glioma cell line C6 as a model system, we performed long-term live recordings of the electrical activity of glioma populations in an ultrasensitive detection method. The transducer exploits large-area electrodes that maximize double-layer capacitance, thus increasing the sensitivity. This strategy allowed us to record glioma electrical activity. We show that although glioma cells are nonelectrogenic, they display a remarkable electrical burst activity in time...
December 2016: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027874/deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-anterior-nucleus-of-the-thalamus-reverses-the-gene-expression-of-cytokines-and-their-receptors-as-well-as-neuronal-degeneration-in-epileptic-rats
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Ying-Chuan Chen, Guan-Yu Zhu, Xiu Wang, Lin Shi, Yin Jiang, Xin Zhang, Jian-Guo Zhang
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation of the anterior nucleus of the thalamus (ANT-DBS) is effective in seizure control. However, the mechanisms remain unclear. METHODS: Sixty-four rats were randomly assigned to the control group, the kainic acid (KA) group, the sham-DBS group and the DBS group. Video-electroencephalogram (EEG) was used to monitor seizures. Quantitative real time PCR (qPCR) was applied for detecting interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β), IL-1 receptor (IL-1R), IL-6, IL-6 receptor (IL-6R), gp130, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), TNF-receptor 1 (TNF-R1) and TNF-receptor 2 (TNF-R2) expression 12 hours after the establishment of an epileptic model...
December 24, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018467/a-rare-case-of-dysembryoplastic-neuroepithelial-tumor-combined-with-encephalocraniocutaneous-lipomatosis-and-intractable-seizures
#20
Jee-Yeon Han, Mi-Sun Yum, Eun-Hee Kim, Seokho Hong, Tae-Sung Ko
Encephalocraniocutaneous lipomatosis (ECCL) is a rare neurocutaneous syndrome that affects ectomesodermal tissues (skin, eyes, adipose tissue, and brain). The neurologic manifestations associated with ECCL are various including seizures. However, ECCL patients very rarely develop brain tumors that originate from the neuroepithelium. This is the first described case of ECCL in combination with dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNET) that presented with intractable seizures. A 7-year-old girl was admitted to our center because of ECCL and associated uncontrolled seizures...
November 2016: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
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