Rochette J - Roll P - Szepetowski P


Journal of medical genetics


The relationship between paroxysmal movement disorders (PD: paroxysmal dyskinesia) and epilepsy continues to present a challenging problem. Attacks of PD and epileptic seizures have several characteristics in common: both are paroxysmal in nature with a tendency to spontaneous remission, and a subset of PD responds well to anticonvulsants. In 1997, description of the ICCA (infantile convulsions and choreoathetosis) syndrome and linkage to chromosome 16p12-q12 provided the first genetic evidence for common mechanisms shared by benign infantile seizures and PD. The chromosome 16 ICCA locus is by far the most frequently involved in such associations as well as in pure forms of benign infantile seizures. The ICCA region at the pericentromeric area of chromosome 16 shows complicated genomic architecture and the ICCA gene still remains unknown. Genetic studies focusing on PD with or without epilepsy have led to the identification of other genes linked to chromosomes 2q35 and 10q22. Alterations of ion channel and ion pump subunits could provide a simple, albeit probably non-unique, explanation for the pathophysiology of the link between epilepsy and PD. The aim of this review is to update genetic aspects of infantile epileptic seizures and PD and their association in the context of ICCA and ICCA related syndromes.

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