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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633970/unified-neural-field-theory-of-brain-dynamics-underlying-oscillations-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-generalized-epilepsies
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E J Müller, S J van Albada, J W Kim, P A Robinson
The mechanisms underlying pathologically synchronized neural oscillations in Parkinson's disease (PD) and generalized epilepsies are explored in parallel via a physiologically-based neural field model of the corticothalamic-basal ganglia (CTBG) system. The basal ganglia (BG) are approximated as a single effective population and their roles in the modulation of oscillatory dynamics of the corticothalamic (CT) system and vice versa are analyzed. In addition to normal EEG rhythms, enhanced activity around 4 Hz and 20 Hz exists in the model, consistent with the characteristic frequencies observed in PD...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624414/corneal-kindled-c57bl-6-mice-exhibit-saturated-dentate-gyrus-long-term-potentiation-and-associated-memory-deficits-in-the-absence-of-overt-neuron-loss
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Gregory J Remigio, Jaycie L Loewen, Sage Heuston, Colin Helgeson, H Steve White, Karen S Wilcox, Peter J West
Memory deficits have a significant impact on the quality of life of patients with epilepsy and currently no effective treatments exist to mitigate this comorbidity. While these cognitive comorbidities can be associated with varying degrees of hippocampal cell death and hippocampal sclerosis, more subtle changes in hippocampal physiology independent of cell loss may underlie memory dysfunction in many epilepsy patients. Accordingly, animal models of epilepsy or epileptic processes exhibiting memory deficits in the absence of cell loss could facilitate novel therapy discovery...
June 15, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623753/precuneal-epilepsy-clinical-features-and-surgical-outcome
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Adil Harroud, Olivier Boucher, Thi Phuoc Yen Tran, Louis Harris, Jeffery Hall, François Dubeau, Ismail Mohamed, Alain Bouthillier, Dang Khoa Nguyen
OBJECTIVE: The precuneus is a complex and highly connected structure located in the medial portion of the superior parietal lobule. The clinical presentation of precuneal epilepsy is poorly characterized, mostly because these patients have seldom been distinguished from those with other types of parietal lobe epilepsy. The present study aims to improve the understanding of precuneal epilepsy by detailing its clinical features and surgical outcomes. METHODS: Six previously unreported cases of drug-resistant precuneal epilepsy investigated between 2002 and 2014 were retrospectively studied...
June 14, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620870/severe-growth-deficiency-microcephaly-intellectual-disability-and-characteristic-facial-features-are-due-to-a-homozygous-qars-mutation
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Esther Leshinsky-Silver, Jiqiang Ling, Jiang Wu, Chana Vinkler, Keren Yosovich, Sarit Bahar, Miri Yanoov-Sharav, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Dorit Lev
Glutaminyl tRNA synthase is highly expressed in the developing fetal human brain. Mutations in the glutaminyl-tRNA synthetase (QARS) gene have been reported in patients with progressive microcephaly, cerebral-cerebellar atrophy, and intractable seizures. We have previously reported a new recessive syndrome of severe linear growth retardation, poor weight gain, microcephaly, characteristic facial features, cutaneous syndactyly of the toes, high myopia, and intellectual disability in two sisters of Ashkenazi-Jewish origin (Eur J Med Genet 2014;57(6):288-92)...
June 15, 2017: Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620718/the-phenotypic-spectrum-of-arhgef9-includes-intellectual-disability-focal-epilepsy-and-febrile-seizures
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Karl Martin Klein, Manuela Pendziwiat, Anda Eilam, Ronit Gilad, Ilan Blatt, Felix Rosenow, Moien Kanaan, Ingo Helbig, Zaid Afawi
Mutations or structural genomic alterations of the X-chromosomal gene ARHGEF9 have been described in male and female patients with intellectual disability. Hyperekplexia and epilepsy were observed to a variable degree, but incompletely described. Here, we expand the phenotypic spectrum of ARHGEF9 by describing a large Ethiopian-Jewish family with epilepsy and intellectual disability. The four affected male siblings, their unaffected parents and two unaffected female siblings were recruited and phenotyped. Parametric linkage analysis was performed using SNP microarrays...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601854/idiopathic-epilepsy-with-myoclonic-absences
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Puneet Jain, Suvasini Sharma
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 15, 2017: Indian Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597913/inherent-vulnerabilities-in-monoaminergic-pathways-predict-the-emergence-of-depressive-impairments-in-an-animal-model-of-chronic-epilepsy
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Jesús-Servando Medel-Matus, Don Shin, Raman Sankar, Andrey Mazarati
The objective was to determine whether the depression comorbid with epilepsy could be predicted based on inherent premorbid patterns of monoaminergic transmission. In male Wistar rats, despair-like and anhedonia-like behaviors were examined using forced swimming and taste preference tests, respectively. Serotonergic raphe nucleus (RN)-prefrontal cortex (PFC) and dopaminergic ventral tegmental area (VTA)-nucleus accumbens (NAcc) pathways were interrogated by fast scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV). The assays were performed before and 2 months after pilocarpine status epilepticus...
June 9, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589176/arhgef9-disease-phenotype-clarification-and-genotype-phenotype-correlation
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Michael Alber, Vera M Kalscheuer, Elysa Marco, Elliott Sherr, Gaetan Lesca, Marianne Till, Gyri Gradek, Antje Wiesener, Christoph Korenke, Sandra Mercier, Felicitas Becker, Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Stephen W Scherer, Christian R Marshall, Susan Walker, Usha R Dutta, Ashwin B Dalal, Vanessa Suckow, Payman Jamali, Kimia Kahrizi, Hossein Najmabadi, Berge A Minassian
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to generate a review and description of the phenotypic and genotypic spectra of ARHGEF9 mutations. METHODS: Patients with mutations or chromosomal disruptions affecting ARHGEF9 were identified through our clinics and review of the literature. Detailed medical history and examination findings were obtained via a standardized questionnaire, or if this was not possible by reviewing the published phenotypic features. RESULTS: A total of 18 patients (including 5 females) were identified...
June 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588471/functional-network-connectivity-patterns-between-idiopathic-generalized-epilepsy-with-myoclonic-and-absence-seizures
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Qifu Li, Yongmin Chen, Yong Wei, Shengmei Chen, Lin Ma, Zhiyi He, Zhibin Chen
The extensive cerebral cortex and subcortical structures are considered as the major regions related to the generalized epileptiform discharges in idiopathic generalized epilepsy. However, various clinical syndromes and electroencephalogram (EEG) signs exist across generalized seizures, such as the loss of consciousness during absence seizures (AS) and the jerk of limbs during myoclonic seizures (MS). It is presumed that various functional systems affected by discharges lead to the difference in syndromes of these seizures...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576731/quantify-neuromagnetic-network-changes-from-pre-ictal-to-ictal-activities-in-absence-seizures
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Caiyun Wu, Jing Xiang, Jintao Sun, Shuyang Huang, Lu Tang, Ailiang Miao, Yuchen Zhou, Qiqi Chen, Zheng Hu, Xiaoshan Wang
OBJECTIVE: The cortico-thalamo-cortical network plays a key role in childhood absence epilepsy (CAE). However, the exact interaction between the cortex and the thalamus remains incompletely understood. This study aimed to investigate the dynamic changes of frequency-dependent neural networks during the initialization of absence seizures. METHODS: Magnetoencephalography data from 14 patients with CAE were recorded during and between seizures at a sampling rate of 6000Hz and analyzed in seven frequency bands...
May 31, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576554/absence-seizure-susceptibility-correlates-with-pre-ictal-%C3%AE-oscillations
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Jordan M Sorokin, Jeanne T Paz, John R Huguenard
Absence seizures are generalized, cortico-thalamo-cortical (CTC) high power electroencephalographic (EEG) or electrocorticographic (ECoG) events that initiate and terminate suddenly. ECoG recordings of absence seizures in animal models of genetic absence epilepsy show a sudden spike-wave-discharge (SWD) onset that rapidly emerges from normal ECoG activity. However, given that absence seizures occur most often during periods of drowsiness or quiet wakefulness, we wondered whether SWD onset correlates with pre-ictal changes in network activity...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566546/familial-aggregation-of-focal-seizure-semiology-in-the-epilepsy-phenome-genome-project
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Steven Tobochnik, Robyn Fahlstrom, Catherine Shain, Melodie R Winawer
OBJECTIVE: To improve phenotype definition in genetic studies of epilepsy, we assessed the familial aggregation of focal seizure types and of specific seizure symptoms within the focal epilepsies in families from the Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project. METHODS: We studied 302 individuals with nonacquired focal epilepsy from 149 families. Familial aggregation was assessed by logistic regression analysis of relatives' traits (dependent variable) by probands' traits (independent variable), estimating the odds ratio for each symptom in a relative given presence vs absence of the symptom in the proband...
May 31, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564623/the-challenges-that-parents-of-children-with-epilepsy-face-a-qualitative-study
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Matina Kampra, Nikolaos Tzerakis, Louise Lund Holm Thomsen, Efstathia Katsarou, Konstantinos Voudris, Sotiria D Mastroyianni, Stella Mouskou, Kyriaki S Drossou, Anna Siatouni, Stylianos Gatzonis
OBJECTIVE: This qualitative study explored the challenges that Greek parents/caregivers of children with controlled epilepsy (CwE) face regarding the disorder. METHODS: Interviews were conducted based on open-ended questions guided by a review of the literature. A total of 91 parents/caregivers were recruited by neurologists at the neurology clinics of two Athens public hospitals. A hermeneutic phenomenological approach was used to explore parent/caregiver experiences...
June 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555070/absence-seizure-control-by-a-brain-computer-interface
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Vladimir A Maksimenko, Sabrina van Heukelum, Vladimir V Makarov, Janita Kelderhuis, Annika Lüttjohann, Alexey A Koronovskii, Alexander E Hramov, Gilles van Luijtelaar
The ultimate goal of epileptology is the complete abolishment of epileptic seizures. This might be achieved by a system that predicts seizure onset combined with a system that interferes with the process that leads to the onset of a seizure. Seizure prediction remains, as of yet, unresolved in absence-epilepsy, due to the sudden onset of seizures. We have developed a real-time absence seizure prediction algorithm, evaluated it and implemented it in an on-line, closed-loop brain stimulation system designed to prevent the spike-wave-discharges (SWDs), typical for absence epilepsy, in a genetic rat model...
May 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552155/pharmacotherapy-for-cavernous-malformations
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Robert F Rudy, Rose Du
Cerebral cavernous malformations, vascular abnormalities comprised of endothelial cells in the absence of connective tissue or muscle, are often epileptogenic and often treated initially with antiepileptic drugs. This chapter discusses the role of pharmacotherapy in managing focal epilepsy secondary to cavernous malformations in adults, children, and pregnant women. Several drugs are available and potentially efficacious in suppressing seizures stemming from cavernous malformations. In addition, antiepileptic pharmacotherapy following surgical resection is indicated to decrease the risk of postoperative seizures...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545366/role-of-positron-emission-tomography-for-central-nervous-system-involvement-in-systemic-autoimmune-diseases-status-and-perspectives
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Daniele Mauro, Gaetano Barbagallo, Salvatore D'Angelo, Sannino Pasqualina, Saverio Naty, Caterina Bruno, Ignazio Olivieri, Rosa Daniela Grembiale, Francesco Ursini
In the last years, an increasing interest in molecular imaging has been raised by the extending potential of positron emission tomography (PET). The role of PET imaging, originally confined to the oncology setting, is continuously extending thanks to the development of novel radiopharmaceutical and to the implementation of hybrid imaging techniques, where PET scans are combined with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) in order to improve spatial resolution. Early preclinical studies suggested that 18F-FDG PET can detect neuroinflammation; new developing radiopharmaceuticals targeting more specifically inflammation-related molecules are moving in this direction...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544889/juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy-as-a-spectrum-disorder-a-focused-review
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Betül Baykan, Peter Wolf
In consequence of newer research juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is no longer seen as a homogeneous disease. The causes of the existing variance are only partially known yet. We discuss to what extent the phenotypical spectrum of this polygenetically determined disorder expresses genetically defined endophenotypes, or is due to mere quantitative differences in the expression of the core phenotype. Of the three common seizure types of JME, myoclonic, generalized tonic-clonic and absences, absences also occur independently and are strong candidates for an endophenotype...
July 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542735/sleep-convulsive-seizures-predict-lack-of-remission-in-genetic-generalized-epilepsies-a-retrospective-study-from-a-single-epilepsy-center-in-egypt
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A Ashmawi, H Hosny, M Gadallah, E Beghi
BACKGROUND: Genetic generalized epilepsies (GGEs) represent 15-20% of all epilepsies. There are no studies on the outcome of GGEs in the Middle East. AIMS: To investigate the long-term prognosis of GGEs and identify prognostic predictors in Egypt. MATERIAL & METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of consecutive children and adults with GGEs seen in an epilepsy clinic in Cairo, Egypt, followed for 10+ years. Follow-up visits were scheduled every 3-6 months or earlier...
May 21, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540848/myoclonic-jerks-are-commonly-associated-with-absence-seizures-in-early-onset-absence-epilepsy
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Hala Nasser, Elisa Lopez-Hernandez, Adina Ilea, Neli Le Morvan, Vanina Bellavoine, Catherine Delanoë, Stéphane Auvin
Typical absence seizures are observed in various epilepsy syndromes, however, few series have focused on early-onset absence epilepsy (EOAE). We aimed to evaluate the occurrence of this seizure type in children under 4 years of age in order to evaluate their electroclinical characteristics and outcome. We retrospectively studied (2006-2014) the electroclinical features of children with normal development and typical absence seizures starting before the age of 4 (with available pre-treatment video-EEG). Nine patients were included...
May 24, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535410/effect-of-enzyme-inhibition-on-perampanel-pharmacokinetics-why-study-design-matters
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Barry E Gidal, Rama Maganti, Antonio Laurenza, Haichen Yang, David A Verbel, Edgar Schuck, Jim Ferry
OBJECTIVES: Perampanel, a selective, noncompetitive AMPA receptor antagonist, is indicated as adjunctive therapy for the treatment of partial seizures with or without secondarily generalized seizures and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy aged 12years and older. In vitro studies and Phase I trials indicate that perampanel is metabolized almost exclusively by CYP3A, with an elimination half-life (t1/2) averaging approximately 105h. Understanding of pharmacokinetic (PK) interactions-enzyme inhibition or induction-and anticipating their occurrence are important for management of patients with epilepsy...
April 26, 2017: Epilepsy Research
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