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Aberrant Connection Formation and Glia Involvement in the Progression of Pharmacoresistant Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

[ Vol. 28 , Issue. 28 ]


Angélica Vega-García, Rosalinda Guevara-Guzmán, Omar García-Gómez, Iris Feria-Romero, Francisca Fernández-Valverde, Mario Alonso-Vanegas and Sandra Orozco-Suárez*   Pages 2283 - 2297 ( 15 )


Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disease, affecting approximately 65 million people worldwide, with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) being the most common type, characterized by the presence of focal seizures that begin in the hippocampus, and subsequently generalize to structures such as the cerebral cortex. It is estimated that approximately 40% of patients with mTLE develop drug resistance (DR), whose pathophysiological mechanisms remain unclear. The neuronal network hypothesis is one attempt to understand the mechanisms underlying resistance to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), since recurrent seizure activity generates excitotoxic damage and activation of neuronal death and survival pathways that, in turn, promote the formation of aberrant neuronal networks. This review addresses the mechanisms that are activated, perhaps as compensatory mechanisms in response to the neurological damage caused by epileptic seizures, but that affect the formation of aberrant connections that allow the establishment of inappropriate circuits. On the other hand, glia seems to have a relevant role in post-seizure plasticity, thus supporting the hypothesis of the neuronal network in drug-resistant epilepsy, which has been proposed for ELT.


Mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, drug resistance, mossy fiber sprouting, hippocampus, cerebral cortex, aberrant connections, astrogliosis.


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