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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334965/photosensitive-epilepsy-is-associated-with-reduced-inhibition-of-alpha-rhythm-generating-networks
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Anna Elisabetta Vaudano, Andrea Ruggieri, Pietro Avanzini, Giuliana Gessaroli, Gaetano Cantalupo, Antonietta Coppola, Sanjay M Sisodiya, Stefano Meletti
Photosensitivity is a condition in which lights induce epileptiform activities. This abnormal electroencephalographic response has been associated with hyperexcitability of the visuo-motor system. Here, we evaluate if intrinsic dysfunction of this network is present in brain activity at rest, independently of any stimulus and of any paroxysmal electroencephalographic activity. To address this issue, we investigated the haemodynamic correlates of the spontaneous alpha rhythm, which is considered the hallmark of the brain resting state, in photosensitive patients and in people without photosensitivity...
February 20, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334922/scn2a-deletion-improves-survival-and-brain-heart-dynamics-in-the-kcna1-null-mouse-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep
#2
Vikas Mishra, Bharat K Karumuri, Nicole M Gautier, Rui Liu, Timothy N Hutson, Stephanie L Vanhoof-Villalba, Ioannis Vlachos, Leonidas Iasemidis, Edward Glasscock
People with epilepsy have greatly increased probability of premature mortality due to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Identifying which patients are most at risk of SUDEP is hindered by a complex genetic etiology, incomplete understanding of the underlying pathophysiology, and lack of prognostic biomarkers. Here we evaluated heterozygous Scn2a gene deletion (Scn2a+/-) as a protective genetic modifier in the Kcna1 knockout mouse (Kcna1-/-) model of SUDEP, while searching for biomarkers of SUDEP risk embedded in electroencephalography (EEG) and electrocardiography (ECG) recordings...
March 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334860/genetic-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-the-epileptic-human-hippocampus
#3
Nasir Mirza, Richard Appleton, Sasha Burn, Daniel du Plessis, Roderick Duncan, Jibril Osman Farah, Bjarke Feenstra, Anders Hviid, Vivek Josan, Rajiv Mohanraj, Arif Shukralla, Graeme J Sills, Anthony G Marson, Munir Pirmohamed
Epilepsy is a serious and common neurological disorder. Expression quantitative loci (eQTL) analysis is a vital aid for the identification and interpretation of disease-risk loci. Many eQTLs operate in a tissue- and condition-specific manner. We have performed the first genome-wide cis-eQTL analysis of human hippocampal tissue to include not only normal (n = 22) but also epileptic (n = 22) samples. We demonstrate that disease-associated variants from an epilepsy GWAS meta-analysis and a febrile seizures (FS) GWAS are significantly more enriched with epilepsy-eQTLs than with normal hippocampal eQTLs from two larger independent published studies...
March 3, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333919/exome-sequencing-based-molecular-autopsy-of-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-tissue-after-sudden-death
#4
Richard D Bagnall, Jodie Ingles, Laura Yeates, Samuel F Berkovic, Christopher Semsarian
PURPOSE: Sudden death in the young is a devastating complication of inherited heart disorders. Finding the precise cause of death is important, but it is often unresolved after postmortem investigation. The addition of postmortem genetic testing, i.e., the molecular autopsy, can identify additional causes of death. We evaluated DNA extracted from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded postmortem tissue for exome sequencing-based molecular autopsy after sudden death in the young. METHODS: We collected clinical and postmortem information from patients with sudden death...
March 23, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331464/when-should-genetic-testing-be-performed-in-epilepsy-patients
#5
Annapurna Poduri
This review is a summary of a talk presented at the 2015 American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting. Its purposes are 1) to review developments in epilepsy genetics, 2) to discuss which groups of patients with epilepsy might benefit from genetic testing, and 3) to present a rational approach to genetic testing in epilepsy in the rapidly evolving era of genomic medicine.
January 2017: Epilepsy Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330972/fatal-cerebral-edema-with-status-epilepticus-in-children-with-dravet-syndrome-report-of-5-cases
#6
Kenneth A Myers, Jacinta M McMahon, Simone A Mandelstam, Mark T Mackay, Renate M Kalnins, Richard J Leventer, Ingrid E Scheffer
Dravet syndrome (DS) is a well-recognized developmental and epileptic encephalopathy associated with SCN1A mutations and 15% mortality by 20 years. Although over half of cases succumb to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, the cause of death in the remainder is poorly defined. We describe the clinical, radiologic, and pathologic characteristics of a cohort of children with DS and SCN1A mutations who developed fatal cerebral edema causing mass effect after fever-associated status epilepticus. Cases were identified from a review of children with DS enrolled in the Epilepsy Genetics Research Program at The University of Melbourne, Austin Health, who died after fever-associated status epilepticus...
March 22, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327575/analysis-of-exome-data-for-4293-trios-suggests-gpi-anchor-biogenesis-defects-are-a-rare-cause-of-developmental-disorders
#7
Alistair T Pagnamenta, Yoshiko Murakami, John M Taylor, Consuelo Anzilotti, Malcolm F Howard, Venessa Miller, Diana S Johnson, Shereen Tadros, Sahar Mansour, I Karen Temple, Rachel Firth, Elisabeth Rosser, Rachel E Harrison, Bronwen Kerr, Niko Popitsch, Taroh Kinoshita, Jenny C Taylor, Usha Kini
Over 150 different proteins attach to the plasma membrane using glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors. Mutations in 18 genes that encode components of GPI-anchor biogenesis result in a phenotypic spectrum that includes learning disability, epilepsy, microcephaly, congenital malformations and mild dysmorphic features. To determine the incidence of GPI-anchor defects, we analysed the exome data from 4293 parent-child trios recruited to the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) study. All probands recruited had a neurodevelopmental disorder...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326013/molecular-chaperone-calnexin-regulates-the-function-of-drosophila-sodium-channel-paralytic
#8
Xi Xiao, Changyan Chen, Tian-Ming Yu, Jiayao Ou, Menglong Rui, Yuanfen Zhai, Yijing He, Lei Xue, Margaret S Ho
Neuronal activity mediated by voltage-gated channels provides the basis for higher-order behavioral tasks that orchestrate life. Chaperone-mediated regulation, one of the major means to control protein quality and function, is an essential route for controlling channel activity. Here we present evidence that Drosophila ER chaperone Calnexin colocalizes and interacts with the α subunit of sodium channel Paralytic. Co-immunoprecipitation analysis indicates that Calnexin interacts with Paralytic protein variants that contain glycosylation sites Asn313, 325, 343, 1463, and 1482...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325891/whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-de-novo-mutation-in-dync1h1-in-epileptic-encephalopathies
#9
Zhongdong Lin, Zhenwei Liu, Xiucui Li, Feng Li, Ying Hu, Bingyu Chen, Zhen Wang, Yong Liu
Epileptic encephalopathies (EE) are a group of severe childhood epilepsy disorders characterized by intractable seizures, cognitive impairment and neurological deficits. Recent whole-exome sequencing (WES) studies have implicated significant contribution of de novo mutations to EE. In this study, we utilized WES for identifying causal de novo mutations in 4 parent-offspring trios affected by West syndrome. As a result, we found two deleterious de novo mutations in DYNC1H1 and RTP1 in two trios. Expression profile analysis showed that DYNC1H1 and RTP1 are expressed in almost all brain regions and developmental stages...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324682/gene-expression-analysis-in-untreated-absence-epilepsy-demonstrates-an-inconsistent-pattern
#10
Markus von Deimling, Robert Häsler, Verena Steinbach, Paul-Martin Holterhus, Sarah von Spiczak, Ulrich Stephani, Ingo Helbig, Hiltrud Muhle
OBJECTIVE: Childhood and Juvenile Absence Epilepsy account for 30% of all genetic generalized epilepsies with a strong genetic contribution. At the current state the genetic background remains to be resolved. The aim of this study was to identify disease associated transcripts pinpointing potential underlying disease mechanisms in patients with CAE and JAE. METHODS: We performed gene expression analysis from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in 30 patients with newly-diagnosed absence epilepsy prior to initiating treatment and 30 healthy age - and gender-matched pediatric controls...
February 28, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324217/rare-slc1a1-variants-in-hot-water-epilepsy
#11
Kalpita Rashimi Karan, P Satishchandra, Sanjib Sinha, Anuranjan Anand
Hot water epilepsy is sensory epilepsy, wherein seizures are triggered by an unusual stimulus: contact with hot water. Although genetic factors contribute to the etiology of hot water epilepsy, molecular underpinnings of the disorder remain largely unknown. We aimed to identify the molecular genetic basis of the disorder by studying families with two or more of their members affected with hot water epilepsy. Using a combination of genome-wide linkage mapping and whole exome sequencing, a missense variant was identified in SLC1A1 in a three-generation family...
March 21, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320117/use-of-social-media-to-assess-the-effectiveness-of-vagal-nerve-stimulation-in-dravet-syndrome-a-caregiver-s-perspective
#12
Rushna Ali, Mona Elsayed, Manpreet Kaur, Ellen Air, Naznin Mahmood, Jules Constantinou, Jason Schwalb
BACKGROUND: Dravet syndrome (DS) is a rare genetic epilepsy syndrome which is particularly pharmacoresistant. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is commonly used in the treatment of DS as an adjunct to medical therapy. A meaningful assessment of post-surgical outcomes with VNS is difficult given the rarity of the condition. OBJECTIVE: In a novel approach, we used social media to contact patients with DS to gather data on post-surgical seizure reduction and overall satisfaction with VNS...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302415/a-prospective-study-to-assess-the-association-between-genotype-phenotype-and-prakriti-in-individuals-on-phenytoin-monotherapy
#13
Saket J Thaker, Prajakta P Gandhe, Charuta J Godbole, Shital R Bendkhale, Nitin B Mali, Urmila M Thatte, Nithya J Gogtay
BACKGROUND: Genetic polymorphisms in drug metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) impart distinct drug metabolizing capacity and a unique phenotype to an individual. Phenytoin has large inter-individual variability in metabolism due to polymorphisms in CYP2C9 and CYP2C19. As per Ayurveda, Prakriti imparts a unique phenotype to an individual. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether Prakriti can substitute phenotyping [therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM)] and genotyping in individualizing therapy with phenytoin in epilepsy patients...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295038/gonadal-mosaicism-of-a-novel-iqsec2-variant-causing-female-limited-intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy
#14
Lisa J Ewans, Michael Field, Ying Zhu, Gillian Turner, Melanie Leffler, Marcel E Dinger, Mark J Cowley, Michael F Buckley, Ingrid E Scheffer, Matilda R Jackson, Tony Roscioli, Cheryl Shoubridge
We report a family with four girls with moderate to severe intellectual disability and epilepsy. Two girls showed regression in adolescence and died of presumed sudden unexpected death in epilepsy at 16 and 22 years. Whole exome sequencing identified a truncating pathogenic variant in IQSEC2 at NM_001111125.2: c.2679_2680insA, p.(D894fs*10), a recently identified cause of epileptic encephalopathy in females (MIM 300522). The IQSEC2 variant was identified in both surviving affected sisters but in neither parent...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294187/neurophysiological-and-bold-signal-uncoupling-of-giant-somatosensory-evoked-potentials-in-progressive-myoclonic-epilepsy-a-case-series-study
#15
Silvia F Storti, Alessandra Del Felice, Laura Canafoglia, Emanuela Formaggio, Francesco Brigo, Franco Alessandrini, Luigi G Bongiovanni, Gloria Menegaz, Paolo Manganotti
In progressive myoclonic epilepsy (PME), a rare epileptic syndrome caused by a variety of genetic disorders, the combination of peripheral stimulation and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can shed light on the mechanisms underlying cortical dysfunction. The aim of the study is to investigate sensorimotor network modifications in PME by assessing the relationship between neurophysiological findings and blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) activation. Somatosensory-evoked potential (SSEP) obtained briefly before fMRI and BOLD activation during median-nerve electrical stimulation were recorded in four subjects with typical PME phenotype and compared with normative data...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293679/research-conference-summary-from-the-2014-international-task-force-on-atp1a3-related-disorders
#16
Hendrik Rosewich, Matthew T Sweney, Suzanne DeBrosse, Kevin Ess, Laurie Ozelius, Eva Andermann, Frederick Andermann, Gene Andrasco, Alice Belgrade, Allison Brashear, Sharon Ciccodicola, Lynn Egan, Alfred L George, Aga Lewelt, Joshua Magelby, Mario Merida, Tara Newcomb, Vicky Platt, Dominic Poncelin, Sandra Reyna, Masayuki Sasaki, Marcio Sotero de Menezes, Kathleen Sweadner, Louis Viollet, Mary Zupanc, Kenneth Silver, Kathryn Swoboda
OBJECTIVE: ATP1A3-related neurologic disorders encompass a broad range of phenotypes that extend well beyond initial phenotypic criteria associated with alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) and rapid-onset dystonia parkinsonism. METHODS: In 2014, the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation hosted a multidisciplinary workshop intended to address fundamental challenges surrounding the diagnosis and management of individuals with ATP1A3-related disorders...
April 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288225/-clinical-and-genetic-study-patients-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#17
Carla Rubilar, Francisca López, Mónica Troncoso, Andrés Barrios, Luisa Herrera
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a multisystem autosomal dominant disease caused by mutations in the tumor suppressor genes TSC1 or TSC2. OBJECTIVE: To characterize clinically and genetically patients diagnosed with TSC. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Descriptive study of clinical records of 42 patients from a pediatric neuropsychiatry department diagnosed with TSC and genetic study in 21 of them. The exon 15 of TSC1 gene and exons 33, 36 and 37 of TSC2 gene were amplified by polymerase chain reaction and sequenced...
February 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284396/pyridoxal-phosphate-supplementation-in-neuropediatric-disorders
#18
Elisenda Cortès-Saladelafont, Marta Molero-Luis, Hsjd Working Group, Rafael Artuch, Àngels García-Cazorla
Pyridoxal phosphate (PLP) is the active form of vitamin B6 and a cofactor in many enzyme reactions including neurotransmitter metabolism. PLP metabolism disturbances may mostly lead to refractory seizures. In this report, we review the main pathophysiological factors related with PLP deficiency and our experience in PLP treatment in pediatric patients with low-normal cerebrospinal fluid PLP values who presented epilepsy. Only one case had a definite diagnosis (Phelan-McDermid syndrome). The results of extensive metabolic workups and targeted genetic studies were normal for all patients...
November 2016: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284046/breaking-the-cycle-a-comparison-between-intravenous-immunoglobulins-and-high-dosage-prednisone-in-the-treatment-of-medically-intractable-epilepsy-in-children
#19
Richard Tang-Wai, Janette Mailo, Bernard Rosenblatt
PURPOSE: Because immune mediated mechanisms are suspected in epileptogenesis, IVIg and corticosteroids have been used as alternatives to treat refractory seizures. We present our experience treating intractable epileptic children with IVIg and prednisone. METHODS: Children with intractable epilepsy treated with prednisone or IVIg between 2005-2016 were reviewed retrospectively. Children with infantile spasms and autoimmune epilepsy were excluded. Data analyzed include epilepsy type and etiology, duration of epilepsy prior to treatment, seizure outcome, time to best seizure outcome, and adverse effects...
March 6, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283832/genetic-and-phenotypic-dissection-of-1q43q44-microdeletion-syndrome-and-neurodevelopmental-phenotypes-associated-with-mutations-in-zbtb18-and-hnrnpu
#20
Christel Depienne, Caroline Nava, Boris Keren, Solveig Heide, Agnès Rastetter, Sandrine Passemard, Sandra Chantot-Bastaraud, Marie-Laure Moutard, Pankaj B Agrawal, Grace VanNoy, Joan M Stoler, David J Amor, Thierry Billette de Villemeur, Diane Doummar, Caroline Alby, Valérie Cormier-Daire, Catherine Garel, Pauline Marzin, Sophie Scheidecker, Anne de Saint-Martin, Edouard Hirsch, Christian Korff, Armand Bottani, Laurence Faivre, Alain Verloes, Christine Orzechowski, Lydie Burglen, Bruno Leheup, Joelle Roume, Joris Andrieux, Frenny Sheth, Chaitanya Datar, Michael J Parker, Laurent Pasquier, Sylvie Odent, Sophie Naudion, Marie-Ange Delrue, Cédric Le Caignec, Marie Vincent, Bertrand Isidor, Florence Renaldo, Fiona Stewart, Annick Toutain, Udo Koehler, Birgit Häckl, Celina von Stülpnagel, Gerhard Kluger, Rikke S Møller, Deb Pal, Tord Jonson, Maria Soller, Nienke E Verbeek, Mieke M van Haelst, Carolien de Kovel, Bobby Koeleman, Glen Monroe, Gijs van Haaften, Tania Attié-Bitach, Lucile Boutaud, Delphine Héron, Cyril Mignot
Subtelomeric 1q43q44 microdeletions cause a syndrome associating intellectual disability, microcephaly, seizures and anomalies of the corpus callosum. Despite several previous studies assessing genotype-phenotype correlations, the contribution of genes located in this region to the specific features of this syndrome remains uncertain. Among those, three genes, AKT3, HNRNPU and ZBTB18 are highly expressed in the brain and point mutations in these genes have been recently identified in children with neurodevelopmental phenotypes...
April 2017: Human Genetics
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