Michelle L Apperson

Learn More
Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (NES) are somatic manifestations of psychological distress. There is some evidence that weight problems are more common in patients with psychiatric illness. We have observed that patients admitted for video-EEG monitoring who we diagnosed with NES commonly have a larger body habitus than patients with epilepsy. The goal of(More)
We retrospectively identified 14 elderly patients with a history of partial seizures who received levetiracetam (LEV) monotherapy. Patients began LEV either as first line therapy (n=5) or were converted to LEV monotherapy (n=9) after failing prior antiepileptic medications (AEDs). Thirteen patients continued on LEV monotherapy for at least 6 months. One(More)
BACKGROUND Gene expression studies require appropriate normalization methods. One such method uses stably expressed reference genes. Since suitable reference genes appear to be unique for each tissue, we have identified an optimal set of the most stably expressed genes in human blood that can be used for normalization. METHODS Whole-genome Affymetrix(More)
Sequencing of the human genome and new microarray technology make it possible to assess all genes on a single chip or array. Recent studies show different patterns of gene expression related to different tissues and diseases, and these patterns of gene expression are beginning to be used for diagnosis and treatment decisions in various types of lymphoid and(More)
Using whole genome exon microarrays 120 exons were differentially expressed between medication-free multiple sclerosis (MS) subjects in remission and healthy control subjects (HS) (p<0.001, fold change>|1.2|). These exons differentiated MS from HS using cluster analyses, principal components analyses (PCAs) and cross-validation. In addition, 340 genes(More)
The objective of this study was to examine RNA expression in blood of subjects with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Whole blood was collected into PAX gene tubes and RNA was isolated for 3- to 20-year-old males with DMD (n = 34) and for age- and gender-matched normal healthy controls (n = 21). DMD was confirmed by genetic testing in all subjects. RNA(More)
Objective: To evaluate the effects of oral delayed-release dimethyl fumarate (DMF; also known as gastro-resistant DMF) on MRI lesion activity and load, atrophy, and magnetization transfer ratio (MTR) measures from the Comparator and an Oral Fumarate in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (CONFIRM) study. Methods: CONFIRM was a 2-year, placebo-controlled(More)
Using two microarray platforms, we identify HLA-DRB5 as the most highly expressed gene in MS compared to healthy subjects. As expected, HLA-DRB5 expression was associated with the HLA-DRB1*1501 MS susceptibility allele. Besides HLA-DRB5, there were 1219 differentially expressed exons (p<0.01, |fold change (FC)|>1.2) that differed between HLA-DRB1*1501(More)
BACKGROUND Autoimmune encephalitis is increasingly identified as a cause of nonviral, idiopathic encephalitis. Present treatment algorithms recommend costly immune-modulating treatments and do not identify a role for oral corticosteroids. OBJECTIVE To present a patient with γ-aminobutyric acid(B) receptor-antibody encephalitis before and after treatment(More)