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Reduced sodium current in GABAergic interneurons in a mouse model of severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy.

Frank H Yu, Massimo Mantegazza, Ruth E Westenbroek, Carol A Robbins, Franck Kalume, Kimberly A Burton, William J Spain, G Stanley McKnight, Todd Scheuer, William A Catterall

Nat. Neurosci., 2006 Sep , 9, 1142-9

Voltage-gated sodium channels (Na(V)) are critical for initiation of action potentials. Heterozygous loss-of-function mutations in Na(V)1.1 channels cause severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy (SMEI). Homozygous null Scn1a-/- mice developed ataxia and died on postnatal day (P) 15 but could be sustained to P17.5 with manual feeding. Heterozygous Scn1a+/- mice had spontaneous seizures and sporadic deaths beginning after P21, with a notable dependence on genetic background. Loss of Na(V)1.1 did not change voltage-dependent activation or inactivation of sodium channels in hippocampal neurons. The sodium current density was, however, substantially reduced in inhibitory interneurons of Scn1a+/- and Scn1a-/- mice but not in their excitatory pyramidal neurons. An immunocytochemical survey also showed a specific upregulation of Na(V)1.3 channels in a subset of hippocampal interneurons. Our results indicate that reduced sodium currents in GABAergic inhibitory interneurons in Scn1a+/- heterozygotes may cause the hyperexcitability that leads to epilepsy in patients with SMEI.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16921370