Molecular Genetics in Infantile Spasms


Infantile Spasms syndrome (ISs) is a characterized by epileptic spasms occurring in clusters with an onset in the first year of life. West syndrome represents a subset of ISs that associates spasms in clusters, a hypsarrhythmia EEG pattern and a developmental arrest or regression. Aetiology of ISs is widely heterogeneous including many genetic causes. Many patients, however, remain without etiological diagnosis, which is critical for prognostic purpose and genetic counselling. In the present study, the investigators performed genetic screening of 73 patients with different types of ISs by array-CGH and molecular analysis of 5 genes: CDKL5, STXBP1, KCNQ2, and GRIN2A, whose mutations cause different types of epileptic encephalopathies, including ISs, as well as MAGI2, which was suggested to be related to a subset of ISs.

Full Title of Study: “Molecular Characterization of a Cohort of 73 Patients With Infantile Spasms Syndrome”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: July 2012

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Presence of deleterious gene variants in candidate genes for infantile spasms/west syndrome and for deleterious Copy-Number variations (CNV). A pan-genome analysis by microarray
    • Time Frame: Day one

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • Infantile spams or West syndrome Exclusion Criteria:

  • brain malformation – clinical features of tuberous sclerosis – abnormal metabolic assays

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 3 Months

Maximum Age: 15 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Hospices Civils de Lyon
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor

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