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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905264/biotin-thiamine-responsive-basal-ganglia-disease-catastrophic-consequences-of-delay-in-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Hussein Algahtani, Saeed Ghamdi, Bader Shirah, Bader Alharbi, Raghad Algahtani, Abdulrahman Bazaid
BACKGROUND: Biotin-thiamine-responsive basal ganglia disease (BTBGD) is an autosomal recessive neurometabolic disorder caused by mutations in the SLC19A3 gene. The disease is characterized by subacute encephalopathy with confusion, dysphagia, dysarthria, and seizures. METHODS: We diagnosed a family affected by BTBGD and studied them including prognosis of cases when diagnosed and treated early in the disease process. We also review the literature comprehensively and summarize all published data about this disorder...
December 1, 2016: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904735/urinary-metabolomics-of-young-italian-autistic-children-supports-abnormal-tryptophan-and-purine-metabolism
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Federica Gevi, Lello Zolla, Stefano Gabriele, Antonio M Persico
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is still diagnosed through behavioral observation, due to a lack of laboratory biomarkers, which could greatly aid clinicians in providing earlier and more reliable diagnoses. Metabolomics on human biofluids provides a sensitive tool to identify metabolite profiles potentially usable as biomarkers for ASD. Initial metabolomic studies, analyzing urines and plasma of ASD and control individuals, suggested that autistic patients may share some metabolic abnormalities, despite several inconsistencies stemming from differences in technology, ethnicity, age range, and definition of "control" status...
2016: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903734/deviations-from-critical-dynamics-in-interictal-epileptiform-activity
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Oshrit Arviv, Mordekhay Medvedovsky, Liron Sheintuch, Abraham Goldstein, Oren Shriki
: The framework of criticality provides a unifying perspective on neuronal dynamics from in vitro cortical cultures to functioning human brains. Recent findings suggest that a healthy cortex displays critical dynamics, giving rise to scale-free spatiotemporal cascades of activity, termed neuronal avalanches. Pharmacological manipulations of the excitation-inhibition balance (EIB) in cortical cultures were previously shown to result in deviations from criticality and from the power law scaling of avalanche size distribution...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903293/personalized-medicine-approach-confirms-a-milder-case-of-abat-deficiency
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A Besse, A K Petersen, J V Hunter, V Appadurai, S R Lalani, P E Bonnen
ABAT deficiency (OMIM 613163) is a rare inborn error of metabolism caused by recessive variants in the gene 4-aminobutyric acid transaminase (ABAT), which is responsible for both the catalysis of GABA and maintenance of nucleoside pools in the mitochondria. To date, only a few patients have been reported worldwide. Their clinical presentation has been remarkably consistent with primary features of severe psychomotor retardation, encephalopathy, hypotonia, and infantile-onset refractory epilepsy. We report a new case of ABAT deficiency that marks an important departure from previous clinical findings...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898361/movement-symptoms-in-european-moyamoya-angiopathy-first-systematic-questionnaire-study
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Markus Kraemer, Leonidas Trakolis, Jens Platzen, Jan Claudius Schwitalla, Anna Bersano, Philipp Albrecht, Marc Schlamann, Peter Berlit
OBJECTIVE: Movement disorders are a rare manifestation of Moyamoya angiopathy (MMA). Data on prevalence and clinical presentation are warranted. Possible involuntary movements include focal motor seizures, tremor, limb-shaking transient ischemic attacks, choreiform and spastic or dystonic movement disorders. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We developed a questionnaire to systematically assess movement disorders in MMA. Patients' history of involuntary movements and their clinical presentation were assessed systematically by interview...
November 23, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898091/restoring-ureagenesis-in-hepatocytes-by-crispr-cas9-mediated-genomic-addition-to-arginase-deficient-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Patrick C Lee, Brian Truong, Agustin Vega-Crespo, W Blake Gilmore, Kip Hermann, Stephanie Ak Angarita, Jonathan K Tang, Katherine M Chang, Austin E Wininger, Alex K Lam, Benjamen E Schoenberg, Stephen D Cederbaum, April D Pyle, James A Byrne, Gerald S Lipshutz
Urea cycle disorders are incurable enzymopathies that affect nitrogen metabolism and typically lead to hyperammonemia. Arginase deficiency results from a mutation in Arg1, the enzyme regulating the final step of ureagenesis and typically results in developmental disabilities, seizures, spastic diplegia, and sometimes death. Current medical treatments for urea cycle disorders are only marginally effective, and for proximal disorders, liver transplantation is effective but limited by graft availability. Advances in human induced pluripotent stem cell research has allowed for the genetic modification of stem cells for potential cellular replacement therapies...
November 29, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896927/a-retrospective-review-of-anesthesia-and-perioperative-care-in-children-with-medium-chain-acyl-coa-dehydrogenase-deficiency
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Claire Allen, Russell Perkins, Bernd Schwahn
BACKGROUND: Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency is the most common genetically determined disorder of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation. Decompensation can result in hypoglycemia, seizures, coma, and death but may be prevented by ensuring glycogen stores do not become depleted. Perioperative care is of interest as surgery, fasting, and infection may all trigger decompensation and the safety of anesthetic agents has been questioned. Current guidelines from the British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group advise on administering fluid containing 10% glucose during the perioperative period...
November 29, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896131/case-report-5%C3%A2-year-follow-up-of-adult-late-onset-mitochondrial-encephalomyopathy-with-lactic-acid-and-stroke-like-episodes-melas
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Kiri Sunde, Patrick R Blackburn, Anvir Cheema, Jennifer Gass, Jessica Jackson, Sarah Macklin, Paldeep S Atwal
Mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acid and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) is a multisystem mitochondrial disorder that typically presents in childhood. We describe the follow-up of a patient who was diagnosed with late-onset MELAS at the age of 49. Her clinical course includes sensorineural hearing loss, seizures, and multiple episodes of stroke-like metabolic crises. Molecular genetic testing on whole blood revealed 31% heteroplasmy of a m.3243A > G variant in the mtDNA, the causative variant in approximately 80% of MELAS cases...
December 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894304/brain-inflammation-is-accompanied-by-peripheral-inflammation-in-cstb-mice-a-model-for-progressive-myoclonus-epilepsy
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Olesya Okuneva, Zhilin Li, Inken Körber, Saara Tegelberg, Tarja Joensuu, Li Tian, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki
Progressive myoclonus epilepsy of Unverricht-Lundborg type (EPM1) is an autosomal recessively inherited childhood-onset neurodegenerative disorder, characterized by myoclonus, seizures, and ataxia. Mutations in the cystatin B gene (CSTB) underlie EPM1. The CSTB-deficient (Cstb (-/-) ) mouse model recapitulates key features of EPM1, including myoclonic seizures. The mice show early microglial activation that precedes seizure onset and neuronal loss and leads to neuroinflammation. We here characterized the inflammatory phenotype of Cstb (-/-) mice in more detail...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894273/prevalence-of-non-febrile-seizures-in-children-with-idiopathic-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-their-unaffected-siblings-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Lena M McCue, Louise H Flick, Kimberly A Twyman, Hong Xian, Thomas E Conturo
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a heterogeneous disorder characterized not only by deficits in communication and social interactions but also a high rate of co-occurring disorders, including metabolic abnormalities, gastrointestinal and sleep disorders, and seizures. Seizures, when present, interfere with cognitive development and are associated with a higher mortality rate in the ASD population. METHODS: To determine the relative prevalence of non-febrile seizures in children with idiopathic ASD from multiplex and simplex families compared with the unaffected siblings in a cohort of 610 children with idiopathic ASD and their 160 unaffected siblings, participating in the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange project, the secondary analysis was performed comparing the life-time prevalence of non-febrile seizures...
November 28, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894106/prader-willi-syndrome-due-to-an-unbalanced-de-novo-translocation-t-15-19-q12-p13-3
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Vy Dang, Abhilasha Surampalli, Ann M Manzardo, Stephanie Youn, Merlin G Butler, June-Anne Gold, Virginia E Kimonis
Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a complex, multisystem genetic disorder characterized by endocrine, neurologic, and behavioral abnormalities. We report the first case of an unbalanced de novo reciprocal translocation of chromosomes 15 and 19, 45,XY,-15,der(19)t(15;19)(q12;p13.3), resulting in monosomy for the PWS critical chromosome region. Our patient had several typical features of PWS including infantile hypotonia, a poor suck and feeding difficulties, tantrums, skin picking, compulsions, small hands and feet, and food seeking, but not hypopigmentation, a micropenis, cryptorchidism or obesity as common findings seen in PWS at the time of examination at 6 years of age...
November 29, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893674/relapsing-remitting-lesions-in-a-woman-with-progressive-hemifacial-atrophy-and-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-a-case-report
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Ying Zhang, Mingqin Zhu, Xiaozhen Li, Jing Miao, Chenchen Duan, Li Cui, Xuefan Yu
INTRODUCTION: Progressive hemifacial atrophy (PHA) is a rare disorder characterized by unilateral facial atrophy affecting the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and fat, muscle, and osteocartilagenous structures creating a sunken hemiface appearance.Etiopathogenesis of PHA is poorly understood; no definitive treatment is currently available. CLINICAL FINDINGS: We report a 41-year-old woman with PHA who showed an uncharacteristic "relapsing-remitting" evolution of brain lesions and was seropositive for hepatitis B virus (HBV)...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893495/integration-of-eeg-into-psychiatric-practice-a-step-toward-precision-medicine-for-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Ronald J Swatzyna, Jay D Tarnow, Robert P Turner, Alexandra J Roark, Erin K MacInerney, Gerald P Kozlowski
INTRODUCTION: Data from an EEG is not commonly used by psychiatrists to plan treatment and medication. However, EEG abnormalities such as isolated epileptiform discharges (IEDs) are found to be more prevalent in psychiatric patients, particularly those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Most medications prescribed for ASD lower seizure threshold and increase side-effects. Therefore, it may be prudent to order an EEG for ASD cases, especially those categorized as refractory...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891566/sudden-death-associated-with-syndromic-craniosynostosis
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Alžbeta Ginelliová, Daniel Farkaš, Silvia Farkašová Iannaccone, Vlasta Vyhnálková, Peter Vasovčák
In this paper we report the autopsy findings of a 7 year old girl who presented with headache, nausea and repeated vomiting and died unexpectedly at home. She had no previous history of major illnesses and no history of epileptic seizures. External examination revealed ocular abnormalities. Internal examination demonstrated severe cerebral edema with tonsillar herniation, premature fusion of the cranial bone sutures, and prominent convolutional markings of the inner table of the skull. Death was due to severe cerebral edema complicating syndromic craniosynostosis...
November 28, 2016: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891564/a-homozygous-pign-missense-mutation-in-soft-coated-wheaten-terriers-with-a-canine-paroxysmal-dyskinesia
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Ana L Kolicheski, Gary S Johnson, Tendai Mhlanga-Mutangadura, Jeremy F Taylor, Robert D Schnabel, Taroh Kinoshita, Yoshiko Murakami, Dennis P O'Brien
Hereditary paroxysmal dyskinesias (PxD) are a heterogeneous group of movement disorders classified by frequency, duration, and triggers of the episodes. A young-adult onset canine PxD has segregated as an autosomal recessive trait in Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers. The medical records and videos of episodes from 25 affected dogs were reviewed. The episodes of hyperkinesia and dystonia lasted from several minutes to several hours and could occur as often as >10/day. They were not associated with strenuous exercise or fasting but were sometimes triggered by excitement...
November 28, 2016: Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891419/evaluation-of-hospitalized-intractable-epileptic-children-with-spect-scan-in-ahvaz-south-west-of-iran
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Ali Akbar Momen, Faramarz Ahmadi, Arash Malekian, Hannaneh Davoodzadeh, Hossein Kabirinia
INTRODUCTION: Seizures are the most frequent neurologic disorder seen in childhood. Epilepsy is a group of disorders that includes an abnormally increased susceptibility to seizures. AIM: To examine the effectiveness of SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography) in detecting seizure foci in 21 Iranian children who had medically refractory epilepsy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Children between 2 to 15 years of age with uncontrolled seizures were investigated using SPECT scan as a standardized protocol...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891417/a-commonly-missed-well-known-entity-acute-intermittent-porphyria-a-case-report
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Smilu Mohanlal, Radha Gulati Ghildiyal, Alpana Kondekar, Poonam Wade, Richa Sinha
Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP) usually presents with abdominal pain, peripheral neuropathy and psychiatric manifestations. Incidence of AIP being 5 in 1,00,000. We present a case of an 11-year-old male child with multiple cranial nerve involvement, quadriparesis, focal convulsions, hypertension, hyponatremia with history of recurrent abdominal pain. His complete haemogram, ultrasonography (USG) abdomen, renal function tests were normal, he was also evaluated for tuberculosis which was negative. On further evaluation Electroencephalography (EEG) was suggestive of a generalised seizure disorder, MRI Brain suggestive of Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES), Electromyography revealed a sensory motor axonal polyneuropathy and urine UV fluoresence test was positive for porphobilinogen which clinched the diagnosis of AIP...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891070/monoaminergic-mechanisms-in-epilepsy-may-offer-innovative-therapeutic-opportunity-for-monoaminergic-multi-target-drugs
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Dubravka Svob Strac, Nela Pivac, Ilse J Smolders, Wieslawa A Fogel, Philippe De Deurwaerdere, Giuseppe Di Giovanni
A large body of experimental and clinical evidence has strongly suggested that monoamines play an important role in regulating epileptogenesis, seizure susceptibility, convulsions, and comorbid psychiatric disorders commonly seen in people with epilepsy (PWE). However, neither the relative significance of individual monoamines nor their interaction has yet been fully clarified due to the complexity of these neurotransmitter systems. In addition, epilepsy is diverse, with many different seizure types and epilepsy syndromes, and the role played by monoamines may vary from one condition to another...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889060/autosomal-recessive-mutations-in-ap3b2-adaptor-related-protein-complex-3-beta-2-subunit-cause-an-early-onset-epileptic-encephalopathy-with-optic-atrophy
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Mirna Assoum, Christophe Philippe, Bertrand Isidor, Laurence Perrin, Periklis Makrythanasis, Neal Sondheimer, Caroline Paris, Jessica Douglas, Gaetan Lesca, Stylianos Antonarakis, Hanan Hamamy, Thibaud Jouan, Yannis Duffourd, Stéphane Auvin, Aline Saunier, Amber Begtrup, Catherine Nowak, Nicolas Chatron, Dorothée Ville, Kamiar Mireskandari, Paolo Milani, Philippe Jonveaux, Guylène Lemeur, Mathieu Milh, Masano Amamoto, Mitsuhiro Kato, Mitsuko Nakashima, Noriko Miyake, Naomichi Matsumoto, Amira Masri, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Jean-Baptiste Rivière, Laurence Faivre, Julien Thevenon
Early-onset epileptic encephalopathy (EOEE) represents a heterogeneous group of severe disorders characterized by seizures, interictal epileptiform activity with a disorganized electroencephalography background, developmental regression or retardation, and onset before 1 year of age. Among a cohort of 57 individuals with epileptic encephalopathy, we ascertained two unrelated affected individuals with EOEE associated with developmental impairment and autosomal-recessive variants in AP3B2 by means of whole-exome sequencing...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886560/serum-metalloproteinase-9-levels-increase-after-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures
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Agnieszka Cudna, Anna Jopowicz, Paweł Mierzejewski, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzębska
Metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) is a member of a family of enzymes that mediate the degradation of extracellular matrix proteins, and is especially involved in blood-brain barrier maintenance. Increased levels of MMP9 have been observed in many neurological disorders, including epilepsy, suggesting it may be involved in the pathogenesis of seizures. We investigated changes in MMP9 serum levels after acute seizures in epilepsy patients. Concentrations of MMP9 in serum were measured by ELISA in 43 patients 1-3, 24, and 72h after generalized tonic-clonic seizure and once in participants of the control group...
November 16, 2016: Epilepsy Research
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