Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Genetic Determinants of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Philip A Schwartzkroin, H. Jurgen Wenzel

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Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) has long been the focus of both clinical and basic laboratory investigations. Most studies have approached this common and often medically refractory form of epilepsy as a unitary disorder. TLE has been identified as perhaps the prototypical 'acquired' epilepsy, thought to arise as a result of a brain injury or insult. However, recent studies suggest that TLE may include a number of distinct disorders, some of which arise because of genetic mutations in genes that normally control patterns of brain development and/or excitability. Animal models can help to explore these possibilities. Two specific mouse models - the Kv1.1 knockout mouse and the p35 knockout mouse - show typical TLE-like seizure phenotypes and present with histopathological features also seen in human TLE. They arise, however, from very different processes; seizures in Kv1.1-/- mice reflect a 'channelopathy'-like disorder, while seizures in p35-/- mice arise from a disruption of normal brain development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Basic Epilepsy Research
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780123739612
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • 1
  • Acquired epilepsy
  • Granule cell dispersion
  • Hippocampus
  • Kv1
  • LGI1
  • P35
  • Reelin
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)


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