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Title: Alterations of Cortical and Hippocampal Network Activity in MeCP2-Deficient Mice
Authors: D'Cruz, Jennifer
Advisor: Eubanks, James
Department: Medical Science
Keywords: Rett Syndrome EEG mice MeCP2
Issue Date: 22-Jul-2010
Abstract: Intractable epilepsy remains one of the top issues affecting the quality of living in Rett children. While several MeCP2-deficient mouse models of Rett Syndrome have been established, minimal information exists on how the loss of MeCP2 affects brain network activity. To address this issue, in vivo recordings of the hippocampus and somatosensory cortex of MeCP2-deficient mice were taken during exploration, immobility, and sleep. The frequency of hippocampal theta oscillations was significantly attenuated in MeCP2-deficient mice during exploration. A subset of MeCP2-heterozygotes displayed spontaneous, cortical epileptiform-like discharges in the immobile-awake state. Similar epileptiform-like discharges were observed in one of the four Mecp2-null mice recorded. Aside from these EEG abnormalities, basal network activity was preserved. Further, convulsive seizures were not seen. Collectively, these findings indicate that a deficiency of MeCP2 in mice leads to only subtle alterations in brain wave activity, contrasting the severely abnormal EEG observed in Rett girls.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24557
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