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Julia N Bailey, Laurence de Nijs, Dongsheng Bai, Toshimitsu Suzuki, Hiroyuki Miyamoto, Miyabi Tanaka, Christopher Patterson, Yu-Chen Lin, Marco T Medina, María E Alonso, José M Serratosa, Reyna M Durón, Viet H Nguyen, Jenny E Wight, Iris E Martínez-Juárez, Adriana Ochoa, Aurelio Jara-Prado, Laura Guilhoto, Yolly Molina, Elsa M Yacubian, Minerva López-Ruiz, Yushi Inoue, Sunao Kaneko, Shinichi Hirose, Makiko Osawa, Hirokazu Oguni, Shinji Fujimoto, Thierry M Grisar, John M Stern, Kazuhiro Yamakawa, Bernard Lakaye, Antonio V Delgado-Escueta
BACKGROUND: In juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, data are limited on the genetic basis of networks promoting convulsions with diffuse polyspikes on electroencephalography (EEG) and the subtle microscopic brain dysplasia called microdysgenesis. METHODS: Using Sanger sequencing, we sequenced the exomes of six members of a large family affected with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and confirmed cosegregation in all 37 family members. We screened an additional 310 patients with this disorder for variants on DNA melting-curve analysis and targeted real-time DNA sequencing of the gene encoding intestinal-cell kinase ( ICK)...
March 15, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Adam H Lewis, Ankur Chugh, Sarah A Sobotka
A 7-year-old girl with 20q13.33 deletion and a history of generalized convulsive epilepsy presented to the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic due to concerns about her behavioral outbursts in the context of overall delayed development. Evaluation by the Developmental and Behavioral and Gastroenterology teams revealed failure to thrive (FTT) as the primary cause of the behavioral outbursts and developed a high-calorie, high-fat, high-protein nutritional counseling plan. Children who have FTT and a genetic disorder are often thought to not thrive because of their underlying genetic disorder; however, feeding skills and nutritional intake need to be thoroughly investigated before determining an etiology for FTT...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
Kyle P Lillis, Kevin J Staley
For over a century, epileptic seizures have been characterized as a state of pathological, hypersynchronous brain activity. Anti-epileptic therapies have been developed largely based on the dogma that the altered brain rhythms result from an overabundance of glutamatergic activity or insufficient GABAergic inhibition. The most effective drugs in use today act to globally decrease excitation, increase inhibition, or decrease all activity. Unfortunately, such broad alterations to brain activity often lead to impactful side effects such as mood disordersdrowsiness, cognitive impairment, and sleep disruption...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Mehdi Zarrei, Geoffrey G Hicks, James N Reynolds, Bhooma Thiruvahindrapuram, Worrawat Engchuan, Molly Pind, Sylvia Lamoureux, John Wei, Zhouzhi Wang, Christian R Marshall, Richard F Wintle, Albert E Chudley, Stephen W Scherer
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is characterized by a combination of neurological, developmental, and congenital defects that may occur as a consequence of prenatal alcohol exposure. Earlier reports showed that large chromosomal anomalies may link to FASD. Here, we examined the prevalence and types of copy number variations (CNVs) in FASD cases previously diagnosed by a multidisciplinary FASD team in sites across Canada. We genotyped 95 children with FASD and 87 age-matched, typically developing controls on the Illumina Human Omni2...
March 13, 2018: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
Udaya Seneviratne, Ray C Boston, Mark J Cook, Wendyl J D'Souza
We sought to investigate (1) the characteristics of epileptiform discharge (ED) duration and interdischarge interval (IDI) and (2) the influence of vigilance state on the ED duration and IDI in genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE). In a cohort of patients diagnosed with GGE, 24-h ambulatory EEG recordings were performed prospectively. We then tabulated durations, IDI, and vigilance state in relation to all EDs captured on EEGs. We used K-means cluster analysis and finite mixture modeling to quantify and characterize the groups of ED duration and IDI...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Anne T Berg, Samya Chakravorty, Sookyong Koh, Zachary M Grinspan, Renée A Shellhaas, Russell P Saneto, Elaine C Wirrell, Jason Coryell, Catherine J Chu, John R Mytinger, William D Gaillard, Ignacio Valencia, Kelly G Knupp, Tobias Loddenkemper, Joseph E Sullivan, Annapurna Poduri, John J Millichap, Cynthia Keator, Courtney Wusthoff, Nicole Ryan, William B Dobyns, Madhuri Hegde
Infantile spasms are the defining seizures of West syndrome, a severe form of early life epilepsy with poorly-understood pathophysiology. We present a novel comparative analysis of infants with spasms versus other seizure-types and identify clinical, etiological, and molecular-genetic factors preferentially predisposing to spasms. We compared ages, clinical etiologies, and associated-genes between spasms and non-spasms groups in a multicenter cohort of 509 infants (<12months) with newly-diagnosed epilepsy...
2018: PloS One
V L Ruggieri, C L Arberas
INTRODUCTION: Autism spectrum disorders are neurodevelopmental dysfunctions that are characterised by deficits in social integration and communication, associated with restricted interests and stereotypic behaviour. A high percentage are related to language disorders, sensory dysfunctions, attention deficit disorder, bipolarity, intellectual disability or epilepsy, among other comorbidities. It is estimated that around 30% of children with autism, with typical early development, may present regression in the first years of life, which was already reported by Kanner in one of his original cases...
March 1, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Seong-Cheol Park, Chun Kee Chung
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to introduce a new machine learning guided by outcome of resective epilepsy surgery defined as the presence/absence of seizures to improve data mining for interictal pathologic activities in neocortical epilepsy. METHODS: Electrocorticographies for 39 patients with medically intractable neocortical epilepsy were analyzed. We separately analyzed 38 frequencies from 0.9 to 800 Hz including both high-frequency activities and low-frequency activities to select bands related to seizure outcome...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
Chamara Arachchighe Lahiru Weerasinghe, Bich-Hong Thi Bui, Thu Thi Vu, Hong-Loan Thi Nguyen, Bao-Khanh Phung, Van-Minh Nguyen, Van-Anh Pham, Vu-Hung Cao, Tuan-Nghia Phan
Leigh syndrome is a rare inherited, heterogeneous and progressive neurometabolic disorder that is mainly caused by specific mutations in nuclear DNA (nDNA) or mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The present study reported a case of childhood Leigh syndrome with a point mutation at bp 8,993 in the mitochondrial ATPase6 gene. A 21‑month‑old male child had developed epilepsy, muscular weakness and vomiting, which was accompanied by high fever. Magnetic resonance imaging indicated typical characteristics of Leigh syndrome, including a symmetric abnormal signal in the dorsal medulla oblongata and Sylvian fissure enlargement in association with an abnormal signal in the periventricular white matter and in the putamina and caudate heads...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Vanessa Siffredi, Vicki Anderson, Alissandra McIlroy, Amanda G Wood, Richard J Leventer, Megan M Spencer-Smith
OBJECTIVES: Agenesis of the corpus callosum (AgCC), characterized by developmental absence of the corpus callosum, is one of the most common congenital brain malformations. To date, there are limited data on the neuropsychological consequences of AgCC and factors that modulate different outcomes, especially in children. This study aimed to describe general intellectual, academic, executive, social and behavioral functioning in a cohort of school-aged children presenting for clinical services to a hospital and diagnosed with AgCC...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
Clara D M van Karnebeek, Mary Dunbar, Csilla Egri, Bryan Sayson, Janetta Milea, Sylvia Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Linda Huh, Mary B Connolly, Gabriella A Horvath
BACKGROUND: Secondary neurotransmitter deficiencies have been reported in several reviews. Our primary aim was to assess the relationship among epilepsy, antiseizure medications, and specific neurotransmitter abnormalities. We also evaluated movement disorders and brain abnormalities via magnetic resonance imaging scans in patients with secondary neurotransmitter defects. METHODS: This is a retrospective case series of 376 patients who underwent neurotransmitter analysis at BC Children's Hospital between 2009 and 2013, for a variety of neurological presentations...
March 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
Rahul Badheka, Narendra Kumar Barad, Charulata Savant Sankhla
Pediatric movement disorders are commonly encountered clinical entities in the pediatric outpatient department. These disorders are a heterogenous group of disorders and may represent an underlying genetic disorder, a metabolic disorder or a hypoxic-ischemic insult during the perinatal period. Hyperkinetic movement disorders are more common as compared to hypokinetic disorders. This is unlike the situation in adult movement disorders where hypokinetic disorders are more often seen. A child's nervous system is more prone to hypoxic-ischemic insults due to its higher metabolic demands and the presence of an immature blood-brain barrier...
March 2018: Neurology India
Trishna Kantamneni, Lileth Mondok, Sumit Parikh
Movement disorders in the pediatric age group are largely of the hyperkinetic type. Metal ion accumulation in the central nervous system presents predominantly with movement disorders and over time leads to psychomotor decline. Abnormalities in monoamine and amino acidergic neurotransmitter metabolism present in individuals with a combination of abnormal movements, epilepsy, and cognitive and motor delay. Detailed clinical history, careful examination, appropriate diagnostic work-up with metabolic screening, cerebrospinal fluid neurotransmitters, and targeted genetic testing help with accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment...
April 2018: Pediatric Clinics of North America
Francesco Pisani, Antonio Percesepe, Carlotta Spagnoli
Seizures are more frequent in newborns than in any other period of life. In most cases they are due to acute dysfunction of the central nervous system; however some can be true epileptic disorders with an early onset. Although rare, diagnosis of neonatal-onset epilepsies is rising as genetic testing increases. The spectrum of clinical severity associated with specific genes can vary widely with difficulties in providing genotype-phenotype correlations. Therefore, clinicians should strive in order to clearly delineate the clinical features associated with pathogenic genetic variants with the aim to guide the increasing use of genetic testing and improve clinical management...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Anna Papadopoulou, Argyrios Dinopoulos, George Koutsodontis, Roser Pons, Pelagia Vorgia, Vasiliki Koute, Athanassios Vratimos, Dimitrios Zafeiriou
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a rare neurocutaneous syndrome inherited by an autosomal dominant manner. The disorder is commonly manifested by the presence of multiple benign tumors located in numerous tissues, including the brain, heart, skin and kidneys. Seizures, autism, developmental and behavioral delay, as well as non-neurological phenotypic findings, are suggestive of TSC. The identification of one pathogenic mutation in either the TSC1 or TSC2 genes is considered to be an independent diagnostic criterion...
February 9, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Francesca Cortini, Chiara Villa
The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) comprise a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of heritable connective tissue disorders (HCTDs), characterised by joint hypermobility, hyperextensibility of the skin and tissue fragility that can induce symptoms from multiple organ systems. The latest EDS nosology distinguished thirteen subtypes with an overlap of phenotypic features, making the clinical diagnosis rather difficult and highlighting the importance of molecular diagnostic confirmation. Although the nervous system is not considered a primary target of the underlying molecular defect, recently, increasing attention has been focused on neurological manifestations of EDS...
February 27, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Qiping Hu, Hongyan Chai, Wei Shu, Peining Li
Background: Constitutional ring chromosomes are rare orphan chromosomal disorders. Ring chromosome syndrome featuring growth retardation and mild to intermediate intellectual disability is likely caused by the dynamic behavior of ring chromosome through cell cycles. Chromosomal and regional specific phenotypes likely result from segmental losses and gains during the ring formation. Although recent applications of genomic copy number and sequencing analyses revealed various ring chromosome structures from an increasing number of case studies, there was no organized effort for compilating and curating cytogenomic and clinical finding for ring chromosomes...
2018: Molecular Cytogenetics
Marwa Daghsni, Saida Lahbib, Mohamed Fradj, Marwa Sayeb, Wided Kelmemi, Lilia Kraoua, Mariem Kchaou, Faouzi Maazoul, Slim Echebbi, Nadia Ben Ali, Sonia Abdelhak, Ridha M'rad
Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is characterized by seizures, severe cognitive abnormalities, and behavior impairments. These features could evolve over time and get worse, especially when the encephalopathy is pharmacoresistant. Thus, genetic studies should provide a better understanding of infantile epilepsy syndromes. Herein, we investigate the genetics of JME in a consanguineous family analyzing the copy number variations detected using over 700 K SNP arrays. We identified a 254-kb deletion in the 22q11...
February 28, 2018: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Dan Xu, Andrew P Robinson, Toshiyuki Ishii, D'Anne S Duncan, Tord D Alden, Gwendolyn E Goings, Igal Ifergan, Joseph R Podojil, Pablo Penaloza-MacMaster, Jennifer A Kearney, Geoffrey T Swanson, Stephen D Miller, Sookyong Koh
The pathophysiology of drug-resistant pediatric epilepsy is unknown. Flow cytometric analysis of inflammatory leukocytes in resected brain tissues from 29 pediatric patients with genetic (focal cortical dysplasia) or acquired (encephalomalacia) epilepsy demonstrated significant brain infiltration of blood-borne inflammatory myeloid cells and memory CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. Significantly, proinflammatory (IL-17- and GM-CSF-producing) γδ T cells were concentrated in epileptogenic lesions, and their numbers positively correlated with disease severity...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Jaber Lyahyai, Bouchra Oulad Amar Bencheikh, Siham C Elalaoui, Maria Mansouri, Lamia Boualla, Alexandre DIonne-Laporte, Dan Spiegelman, Patrick A Dion, Patrick Cossette, Guy A Rouleau, Abdelaziz Sefiani
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy regroups a common and diverse set of chronic neurological disorders that are characterized by spontaneous, unprovoked, and recurrent epileptic seizures. Epilepsies have a highly heterogeneous background with a strong genetic contribution and various mode of inheritance. X-linked epilepsy usually manifests as part of a syndrome or epileptic encephalopathy. The variability of clinical manifestations of X-linked epilepsy may be attributed to several factors including the causal genetic mutation, making diagnosis, genetic counseling and treatment decisions difficult...
February 27, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
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