Teppei Tagawa

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Recently, mutations of the GTP-cyclohydrolase I (GTP-CH I) gene, which catalyzes the first step in the tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) biosynthesis, were discovered in Japanese patients with hereditary progressive dystonia/dopa-responsive dystonia (HPD/DRD). However, it has not been confirmed that non-Japanese patients also contain mutations in the same gene, or(More)
We previously reported that zonisamide inhibits both [3H]flunitrazepam and [3H]muscimol binding in rat brain. In the present study, [3H]zonisamide was found to bind in a saturable fashion to the crude synaptosomal fraction of whole rat brain. Linear regression analysis of the binding data in the Scatchard plot indicated a Kd of 90 nM, and a maximal binding(More)
Induced microseizures (IMS) were observed in a 5-month-old girl with symptomatic West syndrome. The seizures occurred following the suppression of infantile spasms with adrenocorticotropic hormone therapy and disappeared following the cessation of clonazepam administration. The ictal manifestations consisted of periods of irregular respiration, and(More)
Two cases of status epilepticus are reported, whose seizures responded well to the injection of flunitrazepam. One patient had generalized tonic clonic seizures and the other had partial seizures. The improvement of their condition was confirmed by both clinical and electroencephalographic examinations. There were no serious side effects observed.(More)
We evaluated the influence of gender on penetrance of GTP-cyclohydrolase I (GCH) gene mutations in hereditary progressive dystonia/dopa-responsive dystonia (HPD/DRD) and determined whether some apparently sporadic HPD/DRD patients owe their disorder to a de novo mutation of the GCH gene. Previous clinical investigations of HPD/DRD have shown a predominance(More)
Xeroderma pigmentosum is an unusual neurocutaneous disorder. Recent studies have classified patients with xeroderma pigmentosum into 10 groups by somatic cell hybridization methods. In this report we describe 32 patients with Group A xeroderma pigmentosum, including 1 patient with an atypical case, who were assessed for neurological complications. Of these(More)
Xeroderma pigmentosum associated with neurological abnormalities is a less familiar neurocutaneous disorder. In this report, 35 patients with group A xeroderma pigmentosum were assessed for neurological complications. Of these, 17 showed microcephaly and 24 mental retardation. Of 25 patients over 7 years of age, 22 had sensorineural deafness and 12 showed(More)
A 9-year-old male with congenital bilateral perisylvian syndrome is described. He had pseudobulbar palsy, mental retardation, and intractable epilepsy. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance images of the brain demonstrated bilateral perisylvian malformations and a diffuse pachygyric appearance. At 8 years of age, he had episodes of excessive drooling,(More)
In order to clarify reflex profiles in the first year of life in connection with categories of neurological abnormality, six primitive reflexes, i.e., the crossed extensor reflex, suprapubic extensor reflex, heel reflex, Galant response, asymmetric tonic neck reflex and plantar grasp response, were examined in 458 normal infants, 78 infants with cerebral(More)
Dandy-Walker cyst associated with occipital meningocele is very rare. Only 12 patients have been reported. We report a female infant with Dandy-Walker cyst and occipital meningocele whose diagnosis was suspected antenatally by in utero ultrasonography. At birth, head circumference was normal for 37 weeks gestation. She underwent surgical repair of the(More)