Millimeter-scale epileptiform spike propagation patterns and their relationship to seizures.

TitleMillimeter-scale epileptiform spike propagation patterns and their relationship to seizures.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsAC Vanleer, JA Blanco, JB Wagenaar, J Viventi, D Contreras, and B Litt
JournalJournal of Neural Engineering
Start Page026015
Date Published04/2016

<h4>Objective</h4>Current mapping of epileptic networks in patients prior to epilepsy surgery utilizes electrode arrays with sparse spatial sampling (∼1.0 cm inter-electrode spacing). Recent research demonstrates that sub-millimeter, cortical-column-scale domains have a role in seizure generation that may be clinically significant. We use high-resolution, active, flexible surface electrode arrays with 500 μm inter-electrode spacing to explore epileptiform local field potential (LFP) spike propagation patterns in two dimensions recorded from subdural micro-electrocorticographic signals in vivo in cat. In this study, we aimed to develop methods to quantitatively characterize the spatiotemporal dynamics of epileptiform activity at high-resolution.<h4>Approach</h4>We topically administered a GABA-antagonist, picrotoxin, to induce acute neocortical epileptiform activity leading up to discrete electrographic seizures. We extracted features from LFP spikes to characterize spatiotemporal patterns in these events. We then tested the hypothesis that two-dimensional spike patterns during seizures were different from those between seizures.<h4>Main results</h4>We showed that spatially correlated events can be used to distinguish ictal versus interictal spikes.<h4>Significance</h4>We conclude that sub-millimeter-scale spatiotemporal spike patterns reveal network dynamics that are invisible to standard clinical recordings and contain information related to seizure-state.

Short TitleJournal of Neural Engineering