September 30, 2020

Controlling Seizure Effects Using a New Potassium Channel Activator

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A group from The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine have identified and characterized a novel potassium-channel activator, GiGA1, capable of selectively opening a subset of potassium channels to produce an antiseizure effect in animal models.

This study presents an integrated approach to GIRK1-specific activators, employing both computational modeling and subsequent biochemical and physiological studies. The resultant seizure mitigation produced in an acute epilepsy mouse model demonstrates a potential role for this compound in the treatment of brain disorders.