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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230254/resistance-to-valproic-acid-as-predictor-of-treatment-resistance-in-genetic-generalized-epilepsies
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Joanna Gesche, Marina Khanevski, Carl Solberg, Christoph Patrick Beier
This study aimed at defining clinical predictors of drug resistance in adults with genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE) who were treated with a broad spectrum of antiepileptic drugs. Of a cohort of 137 unselected adult GGE patients with long-term follow up, clinical and demographic data, putative prognostic factors (e.g., psychiatric comorbidities, electroencephalography [EEG]), treatment response, and data indicative of social status were collected. Fifty-eight patients had seizures within the past year. Thirty-three patients met the definition of "drug-resistant epilepsy" according to the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) definition...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229394/epileptic-encephalopathies-clinical-syndromes-and-pathophysiological-concepts
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REVIEW
Markus von Deimling, Ingo Helbig, Eric D Marsh
Epileptic encephalopathies account for a large proportion of the intractable early-onset epilepsies and are characterized by frequent seizures and poor developmental outcome. The epileptic encephalopathies can be loosely divided into two related groups of named syndromes. The first comprises epilepsies where continuous EEG changes directly result in cognitive and developmental dysfunction. The second includes patients where cognitive impairment is present at seizure onset and is due to the underlying etiology but the epileptic activity may then worsen the cognitive abilities over time...
February 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229379/a-novel-frameshift-mutation-in-the-sterol-27-hydroxylase-gene-in-an-egyptian-family-with-cerebrotendinous-xanthomatosis-without-cataract
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Mohamed S Abdel-Hamid, Mahmoud Y Issa, Ghada A Otaify, Maha S Zaki
Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is a rare autosomal recessive lipid storage disorder caused by deficiency of the mitochondrial cytochrome P450 sterol 27-hydroxylase enzyme encoded by CYP27A1 gene. CTX is characterized by tendon xanthomas, juvenile cataracts and multiple progressive neurological symptoms. Here we report on the clinical and molecular findings of a 35-years old Egyptian patient with CTX without cataract. Parents were first cousins with family history of two deceased sibs with mild impaired cognitive functions and epilepsy without appearance of tendon xanthomas...
February 22, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222320/antioxidant-polymorphisms-do-not-influence-the-risk-of-epilepsy-or-its-drug-resistance-after-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury
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Katarina Esih, Katja Goričar, Vita Dolžan, Zvonka Rener-Primec
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate if common functional antioxidant polymorphisms are associated with epilepsy after neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). The antioxidant enzymes manganese superoxide dismutase (SOD2), glutathione peroxidase 1 (GPX1) and catalase (CAT) represent the primary defence mechanism against reactive oxygen species (ROS). Evidence suggests that genetic variants in antioxidant enzymes could influence susceptibility to epilepsy, but to date the relationship between them remains unclear...
February 3, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216336/pathophysiology-of-absence-epilepsy-insights-from-genetic-models
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REVIEW
Antoine Depaulis, Stéphane Charpier
Absence Epilepsy (AE) is a prototypic epileptic syndrome that develops during brain maturation but cannot be fully explored in human patients. Genetic animal models, especially rats with spike-and-wave discharges recorded on the electroencephalogram, the hallmark of absence seizures, offer strong face validity with the human pathology that allows precise exploration of the pathophysiology of this form of epilepsy. Using an array of different methods, recent studies have demonstrated that spike-and-wave discharges are initiated in the primary somatosensory cortex and then rapidly propagate to motor cortices and thalamic nuclei...
February 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215998/photosensitivity-in-generalized-epilepsies
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REVIEW
Shervonne Poleon, Jerzy P Szaflarski
Photosensitivity, which is the hallmark of photosensitive epilepsy (PSE), is described as an abnormal EEG response to visual stimuli known as a photoparoxysmal response (PPR). The PPR is a well-recognized phenomenon, occurring in 2-14% of patients with epilepsy but its pathophysiology is not clearly understood. PPR is electrographically described as 2-5Hz spike, spike-wave, or slow wave complexes with frontal and paracentral prevalence. Diagnosis of PPR is confirmed using intermittent photic stimulation (IPS) as well as video monitoring...
February 16, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215400/somatic-mutations-in-tsc1-and-tsc2-cause-focal-cortical-dysplasia
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Jae Seok Lim, Ramu Gopalappa, Se Hoon Kim, Suresh Ramakrishna, Minji Lee, Woo-Il Kim, Junho Kim, Sang Min Park, Junehawk Lee, Jung-Hwa Oh, Heung Dong Kim, Chang-Hwan Park, Joon Soo Lee, Sangwoo Kim, Dong Seok Kim, Jung Min Han, Hoon-Chul Kang, Hyongbum Henry Kim, Jeong Ho Lee
Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) is a major cause of the sporadic form of intractable focal epilepsies that require surgical treatment. It has recently been reported that brain somatic mutations in MTOR account for 15%-25% of FCD type II (FCDII), characterized by cortical dyslamination and dysmorphic neurons. However, the genetic etiologies of FCDII-affected individuals who lack the MTOR mutation remain unclear. Here, we performed deep hybrid capture and amplicon sequencing (read depth of 100×-20,012×) of five important mTOR pathway genes-PIK3CA, PIK3R2, AKT3, TSC1, and TSC2-by using paired brain and saliva samples from 40 FCDII individuals negative for MTOR mutations...
February 12, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212375/epilepsy-associated-gene-nedd4-2-mediates-neuronal-activity-and-seizure-susceptibility-through-ampa-receptors
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Jiuhe Zhu, Kwan Young Lee, Kathryn A Jewett, Heng-Ye Man, Hee Jung Chung, Nien-Pei Tsai
The neural precursor cell expressed developmentally down-regulated gene 4-2, Nedd4-2, is an epilepsy-associated gene with at least three missense mutations identified in epileptic patients. Nedd4-2 encodes a ubiquitin E3 ligase that has high affinity toward binding and ubiquitinating membrane proteins. It is currently unknown how Nedd4-2 mediates neuronal circuit activity and how its dysfunction leads to seizures or epilepsies. In this study, we provide evidence to show that Nedd4-2 mediates neuronal activity and seizure susceptibility through ubiquitination of GluA1 subunit of the α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor, (AMPAR)...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212175/advances-in-epilepsy-gene-discovery-and-implications-for-epilepsy-diagnosis-and-treatment
#9
Joseph D Symonds, Sameer M Zuberi, Michael R Johnson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Epilepsy genetics is shifting from the academic pursuit of gene discovery to a clinical discipline based on molecular diagnosis and stratified medicine. We consider the latest developments in epilepsy genetics and review how gene discovery in epilepsy is influencing the clinical classification of epilepsy and informing new therapeutic approaches and drug discovery. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies highlighting the importance of mutation in GABA receptors, NMDA receptors, potassium channels, G-protein coupled receptors, mammalian target of rapamycin pathway and chromatin remodeling are discussed...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210849/developmental-changes-in-notch1-and-nle1-expression-in-a-genetic-model-of-absence-epilepsy
#10
Fariba Karimzadeh, Sayed Mostafa Modarres Mousavi, Fatemeh Alipour, Hassan Hosseini Ravandi, Stjepana Kovac, Ali Gorji
Childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) is an epilepsy syndrome with seizures occurring in the early childhood, highlighting that seizures susceptibility in CAE is dependent on brain development. The Notch 1 signalling pathway is important in brain development, yet the role of the Notch1 signalling pathway in CAE remains elusive. We here explored Notch1 and its modulator notchless homologue 1 (NLE1) expression in WAG/Rij and control rats using immunohistochemistry. Functional Notch 1 effects were assessed in WAG/Rij rats in vivo...
February 16, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203254/malformations-of-cortical-development-genetic-mechanisms-and-diagnostic-approach
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REVIEW
Jeehun Lee
Malformations of cortical development are rare congenital anomalies of the cerebral cortex, wherein patients present with intractable epilepsy and various degrees of developmental delay. Cases show a spectrum of anomalous cortical formations with diverse anatomic and morphological abnormalities, a variety of genetic causes, and different clinical presentations. Brain magnetic resonance imaging has been of great help in determining the exact morphologies of cortical malformations. The hypothetical mechanisms of malformation include interruptions during the formation of cerebral cortex in the form of viral infection, genetic causes, and vascular events...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203156/papular-epidermal-nevus-with-skyline-basal-cell-layer-syndrome-natural-course-case-report-and-literature-review
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Carole Anouk Zahn, Peter Itin
Papular epidermal nevus with "skyline" basal cell layer (PENS) is a very rare type of keratinocytic nevus and is associated with extracutaneous findings such as neurological symptoms in about 50% of the cases. Therefore, it is also referred to as PENS syndrome. Clinically visible hyperkeratotic papules and plaques already appear at birth or shortly thereafter, while neurological symptoms such as epilepsy and mental retardation manifest themselves during childhood. Genetics suggests gonadal mosaicism as a possible cause for the disease...
January 2017: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202706/clinical-and-genetic-factors-predicting-dravet-syndrome-in-infants-with-scn1a-mutations
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Valentina Cetica, Sara Chiari, Davide Mei, Elena Parrini, Laura Grisotto, Carla Marini, Daniela Pucatti, Annarita Ferrari, Federico Sicca, Nicola Specchio, Marina Trivisano, Domenica Battaglia, Ilaria Contaldo, Nelia Zamponi, Cristina Petrelli, Tiziana Granata, Francesca Ragona, Giuliano Avanzini, Renzo Guerrini
OBJECTIVE: To explore the prognostic value of initial clinical and mutational findings in infants with SCN1A mutations. METHODS: Combining sex, age/fever at first seizure, family history of epilepsy, EEG, and mutation type, we analyzed the accuracy of significant associations in predicting Dravet syndrome vs milder outcomes in 182 mutation carriers ascertained after seizure onset. To assess the diagnostic accuracy of all parameters, we calculated sensitivity, specificity, receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves, diagnostic odds ratios, and positive and negative predictive values and the accuracy of combined information...
February 15, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202424/gnao1-associated-epileptic-encephalopathy-and-movement-disorders-c-607g-a-variant-represents-a-probable-mutation-hotspot-with-a-distinct-phenotype
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Ravindra Arya, Christine Spaeth, Donald L Gilbert, James L Leach, Katherine D Holland
We describe a case of GNAO1-associated epilepsy and chorea in a patient with a de novo pathogenic mutation. This patient is unique in being the first reported male with this phenotype, and we propose that this genetic variant may represent a mutation hotspot that characterizes a unique phenotype. This 5.2-years-old boy presented with seizures, chorea, and severe global developmental delay. Brain imaging showed progressive diffuse cerebral atrophy. EEG monitoring revealed multifocal and diffuse discharges, along with generalized-onset seizures...
February 15, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202406/cannabis-cultivation-methodological-issues-for-obtaining-medical-grade-product
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REVIEW
Suman Chandra, Hemant Lata, Mahmoud A ElSohly, Larry A Walker, David Potter
As studies continue to reveal favorable findings for the use of cannabidiol in the management of childhood epilepsy syndromes and other disorders, best practices for the large-scale production of Cannabis are needed for timely product development and research purposes. The processes of two institutions with extensive experience in producing large-scale cannabidiol chemotype Cannabis crops-GW Pharmaceuticals and the University of Mississippi-are described, including breeding, indoor and outdoor growing, harvesting, and extraction methods...
February 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202008/relationship-between-abcb1-3435tt-genotype-and-antiepileptic-drugs-resistance-in-epilepsy-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#16
Malek Chouchi, Wajih Kaabachi, Hedia Klaa, Kalthoum Tizaoui, Ilhem Ben-Youssef Turki, Lamia Hila
BACKGROUND: Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are effective medications available for epilepsy. However, many patients do not respond to this treatment and become resistant. Genetic polymorphisms may be involved in the variation of AEDs response. Therefore, we conducted an updated systematic review and a meta-analysis to investigate the contribution of the genetic profile on epilepsy drug resistance. METHODS: We proceeded to the selection of eligible studies related to the associations of polymorphisms with resistance to AEDs therapy in epilepsy, published from January 1980 until November 2016, using Pubmed and Cochrane Library databases...
February 15, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199897/real-world-utility-of-whole-exome-sequencing-with-targeted-gene-analysis-for-focal-epilepsy
#17
Piero Perucca, Ingrid E Scheffer, A Simon Harvey, Paul A James, Sebastian Lunke, Natalie Thorne, Clara Gaff, Brigid M Regan, John A Damiano, Michael S Hildebrand, Samuel F Berkovic, Terence J O'Brien, Patrick Kwan
OBJECTIVE: Driven by advances in genomic technology and reduction in costs, next-generation sequencing (NGS) is venturing into routine clinical care. The 'real-world' clinical utility of NGS remains to be determined in focal epilepsies, which account for 60% of all epilepsies and for which the importance of genetic factors is just beginning to emerge. We investigated the diagnostic yield and management implications of whole exome sequencing (WES)-based screening of selected genes in the routine care of common focal epilepsies suspected to have a genetic basis...
February 7, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197949/the-impact-of-next-generation-sequencing-on-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-paediatric-patients
#18
REVIEW
Davide Mei, Elena Parrini, Carla Marini, Renzo Guerrini
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has contributed to the identification of many monogenic epilepsy syndromes and is favouring earlier and more accurate diagnosis in a subset of paediatric patients with epilepsy. The cumulative information emerging from NGS studies is rapidly changing our comprehension of the relations between early-onset severe epilepsy and the associated neurological impairment, progressively delineating specific entities previously gathered under the umbrella definition of epileptic encephalopathies, thereby influencing treatment choices and limiting the most aggressive drug regimens only to those conditions that are likely to actually benefit from them...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197552/altered-channel-conductance-states-and-gating-of-gabaa-receptors-by-a-pore-mutation-linked-to-dravet-syndrome
#19
Ciria C Hernandez, Weijing Kong, Ningning Hu, Yujia Zhang, Wangzhen Shen, Laurel Jackson, Xiaoyan Liu, Yuwu Jiang, Robert L Macdonald
We identified a de novo missense mutation, P302L, in the γ-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptor γ2 subunit gene GABRG2 in a patient with Dravet syndrome using targeted next-generation sequencing. The mutation was in the cytoplasmic portion of the transmembrane segment M2 of the γ2 subunit that faces the pore lumen. GABAA receptor α1 and β3 subunits were coexpressed with wild-type (wt) γ2L or mutant γ2L(P302L) subunits in HEK 293T cells and cultured mouse cortical neurons. We measured currents using whole-cell and single-channel patch clamp techniques, surface and total expression levels using surface biotinylation and Western blotting, and potential structural perturbations in mutant GABAA receptors using structural modeling...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194725/otophylloside-b-protects-against-a%C3%AE-toxicity-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-models-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Jie Yang, Xiao-Bing Huang, Qin-Li Wan, Ai-Jun Ding, Zhong-Lin Yang, Ming-Hua Qiu, Hua-Ying Sun, Shu-Hua Qi, Huai-Rong Luo
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a major public health concern worldwide and the few drugs currently available only treat the symptoms. Hence, there is a strong need to find more effective anti-AD agents. Cynanchum otophyllum is a traditional Chinese medicine for treating epilepsy, and otophylloside B (Ot B), isolated from C. otophyllum, is the essential active component. Having previously identified anti-aging effects of Ot B, we evaluated Ot B for AD prevention in C. elegans models of AD and found that Ot B extended lifespan, increased heat stress-resistance, delayed body paralysis, and increased the chemotaxis response...
February 13, 2017: Natural Products and Bioprospecting
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