Strain Effects on Expression of Seizures and Epilepsy

Wolfgang Löscher, R. J. Ferland, T. N. Ferraro

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    It is becoming increasingly clear that the genetic background of mice and rats, even in inbred strains, can have a profound influence on measures of seizure susceptibility and epilepsy. These differences can be capitalized upon through genetic mapping studies to reveal genes important for seizures and epilepsy. In this chapter, we discuss findings related to how this genetic heterogeneity has been (and can be) utilized in the epilepsy field to reveal novel insights into seizures and epilepsy. Moreover, we discuss how caution is needed with regard to rodent strain or even animal vendor choice, and how this can significantly influence seizure and epilepsy parameters in unexpected ways. This is particularly critical in decisions regarding the strain of choice used in generating mice with targeted deletions of genes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationModels of Seizures and Epilepsy
    Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)9780128040669
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Neuroscience(all)

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