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Epilepsy genes and the genetics of epilepsy syndromes: the promise of new therapies based on genetic knowledge.

SF Berkovic

Epilepsia | Published : 1997


Treatment strategies based on the molecular biology of the epilepsies may soon become a reality. Critical steps in this process are identifying molecular genetic defects in specific epilepsies, understanding of the neurobiologic consequences of those defects, and developing methods to correct the molecular defects or their downstream consequences. Identification of molecular defects is easier in single-gene epilepsies than in those with complex inheritance, although the latter are more common. A number of epilepsies have been mapped and, in two cases, specific genes have been identified. Unverricht-Lundborg disease is caused by defects in the cystatin B gene, with absence of the gene product..

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