Localized cortical injections of ethosuximide suppress spike-and-wave activity and reduce the resistance to kindling in genetic absence epilepsy rats (GAERS)

Aker R. G. , Tezcan K., Carcak N. , Sakalli E., Akin D., Onat F. Y.

EPILEPSY RESEARCH, vol.89, no.1, pp.7-16, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 89 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2009.10.013
  • Title of Journal : EPILEPSY RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-16


Models of genetic absence epilepsy are resistant to secondary generalization of focal limbic seizures. This correlates with the postnatal development of spike-and-wave discharges (SWDs), a hallmark of absence seizures arising from a cortical focus in the perioral region of somatosensory cortex. Ethosuximide injected at this site suppresses SWDs. The effect of this suppression on kindling in "Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rats from Strasbourg" (GAERS), has been compared for postnatal 30 day (PN30) rats having immature SWDs and adult (>4 months) rats having mature SWDs.