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An 8-month multicentre prospective randomized study aimed at comparing the effects of dopamine receptor agonists pramipexole (PPX; Mirapexin) and pergolide (PRG; Permax) as add-on to L-dopa therapy on depression [Montgomery and Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS)] in 41 non-demented patients (25 men, 16 women) suffering from both mild or moderate(More)
OBJECTIVE Infantile spasms (a catastrophic epileptic syndrome of childhood) are insensitive to classic antiepileptic drugs. New therapies are limited by lack of animal models. Here we develop a new model of flexion spasms based on prenatal exposure to betamethasone combined with postnatal administration of N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) and determine brain(More)
Several brain sites are important for seizure control, including the area tempestas, superior colliculus, thalamus and substantia nigra. These sites are especially sensitive to changes in GABAergic transmission achieved by localized infusions of GABAergic agents. We investigated the effects of the GABAA receptor agonist muscimol (100 ng in a volume of 0.25(More)
PURPOSE Estrogens have neuroprotective effects in ischemia, stroke, and other conditions leading to neuronal cell death (e.g., Alzheimer's disease). The present study examined whether estrogens may have neuroprotective effects after seizures. METHODS The kainic acid model was used to determine if estrogens protect hippocampal cells after status(More)
The extent that status epilepticus (SE), but also brief seizures, affects neuronal structure and function has been the subject of much clinical and experimental research. There is a reliance on findings from animal research because there have been few prospective clinical studies. This review suggests that the features of seizure-induced injury in the(More)
Imbalance of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate and of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA is one of several causes of seizures. ATP has also been implicated in epilepsy. However, little is known about the mechanisms involved in the release of ATP from cells and the consequences of the altered ATP signaling during seizures. Pannexin1 (Panx1) is(More)
Stimulation of deep brain sites is a new approach for treatment of intractable seizures. In adult rats, low-frequency stimulation (LFS; 1-3 Hz) of the kindling site interferes with the course of kindling epileptogenesis. In this study we determined whether the LFS will be effective against the fast kindling in the basolateral amygdala in immature, 15 day(More)
Estrogens protect ovariectomized rats from hippocampal injury induced by kainic acid-induced status epilepticus (SE). We compared the effects of 17beta-estradiol in adult male and ovariectomized female rats subjected to lithium-pilocarpine-induced SE. Rats received subcutaneous injections of 17beta-estradiol (2 microg/rat) or oil once daily for four(More)
In vivo, severe hypoglycemia is frequently associated with seizures. The hippocampus is a structure prone to develop seizures and seizure-induced damage. Patients with repeated hypoglycemic episodes have frequent memory problems, suggesting impaired hippocampal function. Here we studied the effects of moderate hypoglycemia on primarily generalized(More)
Electrical stimulation of deep brain structures has been used for pain relief and treatment of refractory Parkinson's disease. Recently, stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus or anterior nuclei of the thalamus was introduced for the treatment of refractory epilepsy when other treatments failed. The substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNR) is another crucial(More)