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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621765/epilepsy-cannabidiol-reduces-seizure-frequency-in-dravet-syndrome
#1
Charlotte Ridler
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June 9, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615892/molecular-genetics-of-epilepsy-a-clinician-s-perspective
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REVIEW
Vikas Dhiman
Epilepsy is a common neurological problem, and there is a genetic basis in almost 50% of people with epilepsy. The diagnosis of genetic epilepsies makes the patient assured of the reasons of his/her seizures and avoids unnecessary, expensive, and invasive investigations. Last decade has shown tremendous growth in gene sequencing technologies, which have made genetic tests available at the bedside. Whole exome sequencing is now being routinely used in the clinical setting for making a genetic diagnosis. Genetic testing not only makes the diagnosis but also has an effect on the management of the patients, for example, the role of sodium channels blockers in SCN1A+ Dravet syndrome patients and usefulness of ketogenic diet therapy in SLC2A1+ generalized epilepsy patients...
April 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589518/forty-years-of-sodium-channels-structure-function-pharmacology-and-epilepsy
#3
William A Catterall
Voltage-gated sodium channels initiate action potentials in brain neurons. In the 1970s, much was known about the function of sodium channels from measurements of ionic currents using the voltage clamp method, but there was no information about the sodium channel molecules themselves. As a postdoctoral fellow and staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health, I developed neurotoxins as molecular probes of sodium channels in cultured neuroblastoma cells. During those years, Bruce Ransom and I crossed paths as members of the laboratories of Marshall Nirenberg and Philip Nelson and shared insights about sodium channels in neuroblastoma cells from my work and electrical excitability and synaptic transmission in cultured spinal cord neurons from Bruce's pioneering electrophysiological studies...
June 7, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586508/overexpressing-wild-type-%C3%AE-2-subunits-rescued-the-seizure-phenotype-in-gabrg2-q390x-dravet-syndrome-mice
#4
Xuan Huang, Chengwen Zhou, Mengnan Tian, Jing-Qiong Kang, Wangzhen Shen, Kelienne Verdier, Aurea Pimenta, Robert L MacDonald
OBJECTIVE: The mutant γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA ) receptor γ2(Q390X) subunit (Q351X in the mature peptide) has been associated with the epileptic encephalopathy, Dravet syndrome, and the epilepsy syndrome genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+). The mutation generates a premature stop codon that results in translation of a stable truncated and misfolded γ2 subunit that accumulates in neurons, forms intracellular aggregates, disrupts incorporation of γ2 subunits into GABAA receptors, and affects trafficking of partnering α and β subunits...
June 6, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556246/cacna1g-is-a-genetic-modifier-of-epilepsy-in-a-mouse-model-of-dravet-syndrome
#5
Jeffrey D Calhoun, Nicole A Hawkins, Nicole J Zachwieja, Jennifer A Kearney
Dravet syndrome, an early onset epileptic encephalopathy, is most often caused by de novo mutation of the neuronal voltage-gated sodium channel gene SCN1A. Mouse models with deletion of Scn1a recapitulate Dravet syndrome phenotypes, including spontaneous generalized tonic-clonic seizures, susceptibility to seizures induced by elevated body temperature, and elevated risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Importantly, the epilepsy phenotype of Dravet mouse models is highly strain-dependent, suggesting a strong influence of genetic modifiers...
May 28, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549245/analysis-of-heart-rate-variability-and-risk-factors-for-sudep-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
#6
Leyla Baysal-Kirac, Nail Güven Serbest, Erdi Şahin, Hava Özlem Dede, Candan Gürses, Ayşen Gökyiğit, Nerses Bebek, Ahmet Kaya Bilge, Betül Baykan
BACKGROUND: Cardiac problems have been suggested as causes of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Our aim was to investigate possible associations of cardiac autonomic functions based on heart rate variability (HRV) parameters with risk factors of SUDEP in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. METHODS: Forty-seven patients with drug-resistant seizures and 45 healthy control subjects were enrolled in the study. Interictal time domain parameters of HRV were evaluated with 24-hour Holter recordings...
June 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544625/a-mutation-in-gabrb3-associated-with-dravet-syndrome
#7
Sy Vinh Le, Phan Hoang Truc Le, Thi Khanh Van Le, Thi Thuy Kieu Huynh, Thi Thu Hang Do
Dravet syndrome is a rare and severe type of epilepsy in infants. Approximately, 70-80% of patients with Dravet syndrome have mutations in SCN1A, the gene encoding the alpha-1 subunit of the sodium channel, while some simplex patients have variants in one of several other genes, including but not limited to GABRA1, SCN2A, STXBP1, GABRG2, and SCN1B. In this study, we performed exome sequencing in six patients with SCN1A-negative Dravet syndrome to identify other genes related to this disorder. In one affected individual, we detected a novel de novo heterozygous missense variant, c...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540321/novel-scn1a-and-gabra1-gene-mutations-with-diverse-phenotypic-features-and-the-question-on-the-existence-of-a-broader-spectrum-of-dravet-syndrome
#8
Maria P Gontika, Christopher Konialis, Constantine Pangalos, Antigone Papavasiliou
In the light of modern molecular technologies, the understanding of the complexity of the numerous genotype-phenotype correlations regarding Dravet syndrome is mandatory. Motivated by 2 patients, whose whole-exome sequencing revealed novel mutations that exemplify the phenotypic and genetic heterogeneities associated with typical and atypical Dravet syndrome presentations, the authors discuss the existence of a broader spectrum of Dravet syndrome. The first patient is a 4-year-old boy with fairly typical Dravet syndrome and a novel sodium channel α1 subunit gene mutation of high-predicted combined pathogenicity likelihood...
January 2017: Child neurology open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538134/trial-of-cannabidiol-for-drug-resistant-seizures-in-the-dravet-syndrome
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Orrin Devinsky, J Helen Cross, Linda Laux, Eric Marsh, Ian Miller, Rima Nabbout, Ingrid E Scheffer, Elizabeth A Thiele, Stephen Wright
BACKGROUND: The Dravet syndrome is a complex childhood epilepsy disorder that is associated with drug-resistant seizures and a high mortality rate. We studied cannabidiol for the treatment of drug-resistant seizures in the Dravet syndrome. METHODS: In this double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, we randomly assigned 120 children and young adults with the Dravet syndrome and drug-resistant seizures to receive either cannabidiol oral solution at a dose of 20 mg per kilogram of body weight per day or placebo, in addition to standard antiepileptic treatment...
May 25, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525652/determination-of-scn1a-genetic-variants-in-mexican-patients-with-refractory-epilepsy-and-dravet-syndrome
#10
R E Jiménez-Arredondo, A J L Brambila-Tapia, F M Mercado-Silva, M T Magaña-Torres, L E Figuera
Mutations in the SCN1A gene can result in syndromes associated with epilepsy, including the Dravet syndrome (DS). However, the prevalence of such mutations in these diseases varies widely between different studies, and has not been examined in Mexican patients with epilepsy. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the frequency of SCN1A mutations (in the exon 26) in a cohort of Mexican patients with DS and refractory epilepsy (RE). We recruited 24 Mexican patients (14 males and 10 females), of which 15 were diagnosed with RE and 9 were diagnosed with DS...
May 18, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524224/-epileptic-encephalopathies-in-infancy-how-do-we-treat-them-does-the-aetiology-influence-the-response-to-treatment
#11
S Roldan
INTRODUCTION: Resistance to treatments is a common feature of Ohtahara, Aicardi, West and Dravet syndromes, as well as malignant migrating epilepsy in infancy. AIMS: To update the therapeutic management and to analyse whether the aetiology somehow determines the treatment. DEVELOPMENT: Convulsive seizures in the first year of life may be due to a potentially treatable aetiology, which makes it essential to carry out a complete evaluation so as to be able to begin, as early as possible, the most suitable and the non-specific symptomatic treatments to control the seizures, which prevents or minimises their deleterious effects...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524223/-infantile-epileptic-encephalopathies-what-matters-is-genetics
#12
J J Garcia-Penas, M Jimenez-Legido
INTRODUCTION: Epileptic encephalopathies in infancy are defined as conditions where the sustained epileptic activity itself may contribute to the severe neurological and cognitive impairment. These epileptic encephalopathies include Ohtahara syndrome, early myoclonic epileptic encephalopathy, West syndrome, Dravet syndrome, and malignant migrating epilepsy in infancy. These syndromes result from identifiable primary causes, such as structural, neurodegenerative, metabolic, or genetic defects...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524219/-epileptic-encephalopathies
#13
J Ramos-Lizana
According to the International League Against Epilepsy's (ILAE) Commission on Classification and Terminology, the term 'epileptic encephalopathy' reflects the notion that epileptic activity in itself can contribute to the genesis of severe cognitive or behavioural disabilities, beyond what could be expected from the pathology underlying the epilepsy. However, in many cases it is difficult to define the boundary between the relative contribution of the epileptic seizures and the underlying cause in the genesis of cognitive deficits...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521067/antiepileptic-drugs-for-the-treatment-of-infants-with-severe-myoclonic-epilepsy
#14
REVIEW
Francesco Brigo, Stanley C Igwe, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review published in 2015, Issue 10.Severe myoclonic epilepsy in infants (SMEI), also known as Dravet syndrome, is a rare, refractory form of epilepsy, for which stiripentol (STP) has been recently licensed as add-on therapy. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of STP and other antiepileptic drug treatments (including ketogenic diet) for patients with SMEI. SEARCH METHODS: For the latest update we searched the Cochrane Epilepsy Group Specialized Register (20 December 2016), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) via the Cochrane Register of Studies Online (CRSO, 20 December 2016), MEDLINE (Ovid, 1946 to 20 December 2016) and ClinicalTrials...
May 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505490/heat-induced-temperature-dysregulation-and-seizures-in-dravet-syndrome-gefs-gabrg2-q390x-mice
#15
Timothy A Warner, Zhong Liu, Robert L Macdonald, Jing-Qiong Kang
It has been established that febrile seizures and its extended syndromes like generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures (FS) plus (GEFS+) and Dravet syndrome have been associated with mutations especially in SCN1A and GABRG2 genes. In patients, the onset of FS is likely due to the combined effect of temperature and inflammation in genetically vulnerable individuals because fever is often associated with infection. Much effort has been spent to understand the mechanisms underlying fever induction of seizures...
August 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491900/screening-of-conventional-anticonvulsants-in-a-genetic-mouse-model-of-epilepsy
#16
Nicole A Hawkins, Lyndsey L Anderson, Tracy S Gertler, Linda Laux, Alfred L George, Jennifer A Kearney
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that affects 1% of the population. Approximately, 30% of individuals with epilepsy are refractory to treatment, highlighting the need for novel therapies. Conventional anticonvulsant screening relies predominantly on induced seizure models. However, these models may not be etiologically relevant for genetic epilepsies. Mutations in SCN1A are a common cause of Dravet Syndrome, a severe epileptic encephalopathy. Dravet syndrome typically begins in infancy with seizures provoked by fever and then progresses to include afebrile pleomorphic seizure types...
May 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490751/unexpected-efficacy-of-a-novel-sodium-channel-modulator-in-dravet-syndrome
#17
Lyndsey L Anderson, Nicole A Hawkins, Christopher H Thompson, Jennifer A Kearney, Alfred L George
Dravet syndrome, an epileptic encephalopathy affecting children, largely results from heterozygous loss-of-function mutations in the brain voltage-gated sodium channel gene SCN1A. Heterozygous Scn1a knockout (Scn1a (+/-)) mice recapitulate the severe epilepsy phenotype of Dravet syndrome and are an accepted animal model. Because clinical observations suggest conventional sodium channel blocking antiepileptic drugs may worsen the disease, we predicted the phenotype of Scn1a (+/-) mice would be exacerbated by GS967, a potent, unconventional sodium channel blocker...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469861/dravet-syndrome-a-new-causative-scn1a-mutation
#18
Martin Poryo, Oriana Clasen, Barbara Oehl-Jaschkowitz, Alexander Christmann, Ludwig Gortner, Sascha Meyer
Dravet syndrome is often caused by SCN1A mutations and has a wide variation in clinical appearance. Indication for genetic analysis should be an epileptic encephalopathy or severe clinical course of seizures in infants with episodes of fever before the first year of life.
May 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460589/expanding-the-phenotypic-spectrum-of-gabrg2-variants-a-recurrent-gabrg2-missense-variant-associated-with-a-severe-phenotype
#19
Fanggeng Zou, Kirsty McWalter, Lindsay Schmidt, Amy Decker, Jonathan D Picker, Sharyn Lincoln, David A Sweetser, Lauren C Briere, Chellamani Harini, Eric Marsh, Livija Medne, Raymond Y Wang, Karen Leydiker, Andrew Mower, Gepke Visser, Inge Cuppen, Koen L van Gassen, Jasper van der Smagt, Adeel Yousaf, Michael Tennison, Anita Shanmugham, Elizabeth Butler, Gabriele Richard, Dianalee McKnight
Pathogenic missense and truncating variants in the GABRG2 gene cause a spectrum of epilepsies, from Dravet syndrome to milder simple febrile seizures. In most cases, pathogenic missense variants in the GABRG2 gene segregate with a febrile seizure phenotype. In this case series, we report a recurrent, de novo missense variant (c0.316 G > A; p.A106T) in the GABRG2 gene that was identified in five unrelated individuals. These patients were described to have a more severe phenotype than previously reported for GABRG2 missense variants...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441824/-clinical-and-neuroimaging-features-of-acute-encephalopathy-after-status-epilepticus-in-dravet-syndrome
#20
X J Tian, Y H Zhang, A J Liu, X L Yang, Q Zeng, Z X Yang, J T Ye, X Y Liu, Y W Jiang, X R Wu
Objective: To investigate the clinical and neuroimaging characteristics of acute encephalopathy (AE) after status epilepticus (SE) of patients with Dravet syndrome (DS). Method: The clinical data of DS patients who had AE (coma ≥24 h) after SE were retrospectively collected from February 2005 to August 2016 in Peking University First Hospital and SCN1A gene tests were performed.The clinical and neuroimaging features were summarized. Result: Twenty-two patients (9 males and 13 females) with AE were collected among 412 DS patients during follow-up...
April 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
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