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Brain Cell Study Opens Door to New Therapies for Epilepsy

Scientists say they have identified a critical new step in how brain cells function in people with one of the most common forms of epilepsy. This could lead to new treatment approaches for people with drug-resistant epilepsy, adds the team, which published its study “Polyadenylation of mRNA as a novel regulatory mechanism of gene expression in temporal lobe epilepsy” in Brain.

Changes in gene activity are known to be important in the development of epilepsy. Normally, messenger RNA is produced when a gene is active and becomes the template for the production of the proteins that brain cells use to function.

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