Interictal Spikes and Hippocampal Somatostatin Levels in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Charisse Deutch, Susan Spencer, Richard J. Robbins, Domenic Cicchetti, Dennis Spencer

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We investigated the relationship between somatostatin-like immunoreactivity (SSLI) and interictal spikes (IIS) in human temporal lobe epileptic tissue. IIS counted manually from depth electrode recordings obtained preoperatively were expressed as spike frequency in anterior, middle, and posterior portions of hippocampus. SSLI was determined by radioimmunoassay (RIA). An inverse relationship between SSLI in the entorhinal cortex (EC) and IIS frequency in hippocampus was present (r = -0.55, p = 0.06). No correlation between IIS and SSLI in CA4, CA3, CA1, or the dentate was evident. This finding suggests a role of the EC in generation, regulation, or expression of interictal paroxysmal electrical activity in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), for which somatostatin may be a marker.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-178
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


  • Entorhinal cortex
  • Epilepsy
  • Hippocampus
  • Interictal spikes
  • Somatostatin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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