Australian-led Team Reports on New Nocturnal Epilepsy Gene | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team led by investigators in Australia has linked mutations in a sodium-gated potassium channel subunit gene to a subset of severe nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy cases.

As they reported online yesterday in Nature Genetics, the researchers began by testing a family with autosomal dominant nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy, or ADNFLE. Affected members of the family often had not only typical ADNFLE symptoms, but also intellectual and/or psychiatric features that don't usually characterize the disorder.

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