Thursday, December 08, 2011

Epilepsy research finds causative gene may differ among Dravet Syndrome patients

People who are affected by Dravet Syndrome - which is a rare form of epilepsy - may be able to take part in new research into causative genes.

A study has found there may be a difference in the gene thought to cause the condition after a project discovered a rare mutation in a GABA-receptor gene, GABRA1, could be another explanation.

Investigators from the University of Washington also revealed a previously unidentified de novo SCN1A mutation among people affected by Dravet Syndrome.

Heather Mefford, the lead author, stated a larger number of people will be needed for future epilepsy research studies into this matter.

"The fact that we did not find mutations in the same genes in the remaining four patients suggests that there are several more genes for Dravet Syndrome yet to be discovered," she said.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, Dravet Syndrome can be difficult to control with anti-epileptic medication.

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