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Epilepsy Res. 2006 Aug;70 Suppl 1:S190-8. Epub 2006 Aug 2.

Molecular genetics of febrile seizures.

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Department of Medical Genetics, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8575, Japan.


Febrile seizures (FSs) represent the most common form of childhood seizures, occurring in 2-5% of infants in Europe and North America and in 6-9% in Japan. It has been recognized that there is a significant genetic component for susceptibility to this type of seizure. Six susceptibility FS loci have been identified on chromosomes 8q13-q21 (FEB1), 19p (FEB2), 2q23-q24 (FEB3), 5q14-q15 (FEB4), 6q22-q24 (FEB5), and 18p11 (FEB6). Furthermore, mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel alpha-1, alpha-2 and beta-1 subunit genes (SCN1A, SCN2A and SCN1B) and the GABA(A) receptor gamma-2 subunit gene (GABRG2) have been identified in families with a clinical subset of seizures termed "generalized epilepsy with febrile seizure plus (GEFS+)". However, the causative genes have not been identified in most patients with FSs or GEFS+. Common forms of FSs are genetically complex disorders believed to be influenced by variations in several susceptibility genes. Recently, several association studies in FSs have been reported, but the results vary among different groups and no consistent or convincing FS susceptibility genes have emerged. To find a true association, larger sample size and newer methodologic refinements are recommended.

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