Ann-Sophie Persson

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Carbamazepine (CBZ) is a commonly used antiepileptic drug known to block voltage-gated sodium channels. Infants exposed to CBZ in utero show reduced head circumference, for reasons unknown. We investigated CBZ's effect on neural growth in megencephaly (mceph/mceph) mice lacking functional Kv1.1. Mice fed with CBZ were assessed for brain structure size,(More)
Following challenge with virulent Mycobacterium tuberculosis, mice of the I/St inbred strain exhibit shorter survival time, more rapid body weight loss, higher mycobacterial loads in organs, and more severe lung histopathology than mice of the A/Sn strain. We previously performed a genome-wide scan for quantitative trait loci (QTLs) that control the(More)
The megencephaly mice show dramatic progressive increase in brain size and seizures. The overgrowth affects primarily the hippocampus and ventral cortex. The phenotype originates from a mutation in the Shaker-like voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.1 brain, which results in a malfunctioning protein. A key question in elucidating the mechanism behind the(More)
The megencephaly mouse, mceph/mceph, displays dramatically increased brain volume and hypertrophic brain cells. Despite overall enlargement, the mceph/mceph brain appears structurally normal, without oedema, hydrocephaly or leukodystrophy, and with only minor astrocytosis. Furthermore, it presents striking disturbances in expression of trophic and(More)
Mutations in the Shaker-like voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.1 are known to cause episodic ataxia type 1 and temporal lobe epilepsy. Mice that express a malfunctional, truncated Kv1.1 (BALB/cByJ-Kv1.1mceph/mceph) show a markedly enlarged hippocampus and ventral cortex in adulthood. To determine if mice lacking Kv1.1 also develop a brain enlargement(More)
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) can have deleterious effects for both normal aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). We examined the hypothesis that synapses undergoing long-term potentiation (LTP) are preferentially at risk for ROS-mediated oxidative stress during aging. We observed age-dependent deficits in LTP induced by a high-frequency stimulation (HFS)(More)
The megencephaly mouse, mceph/mceph, is epileptic and displays a dramatically increased brain volume and neuronal count. The responsible mutation was recently revealed to be an eleven base pair deletion, leading to a frame shift, in the gene encoding the potassium channel Kv1.1. The predicted MCEPH protein is truncated at amino acid 230 out of 495.(More)
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