An investigation of EEG dynamics in an animal model of temporal lobe epilepsy using the maximum Lyapunov exponent

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Analysis of intracranial electroencephalographic (iEEG) recordings in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) has revealed characteristic dynamical features that distinguish the interictal, ictal, and postictal states and inter-state transitions. Experimental investigations into the mechanisms underlying these observations require the use of an animal model. A rat TLE model was used to test for differences in iEEG dynamics between well-defined states and to test specific hypotheses: 1) the short-term maximum Lyapunov exponent (STL(max)), a measure of signal order, is lowest and closest in value among cortical sites during the ictal state, and highest and most divergent during the postictal state; 2) STL(max) values estimated from the stimulated hippocampus are the lowest among all cortical sites; and 3) the transition from the interictal to ictal state is associated with a convergence in STL(max) values among cortical sites. iEEGs were recorded from bilateral frontal cortices and hippocampi. STL(max) and T-index (a measure of convergence/divergence of STL(max) between recorded brain areas) were compared among the four different periods. Statistical tests (ANOVA and multiple comparisons) revealed that ictal STL(max) was lower (p<0.05) than other periods, STL(max) values corresponding to the stimulated hippocampus were lower than those estimated from other cortical regions, and T-index values were highest during the postictal period and lowest during the ictal period. Also, the T-index values corresponding to the preictal period were lower than those during the interictal period (p<0.05). These results indicate that a rat TLE model demonstrates several important dynamical signal characteristics similar to those found in human TLE and support future use of the model to study epileptic state transitions.

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Action Potentials (physiology); Algorithms; Animals; Data Interpretation, Statistical; Disease Models, Animal; Electric Stimulation; Electroencephalography (methods); Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe (diagnosis, physiopathology); Evoked Potentials (physiology); Hippocampus (physiopathology); Kindling, Neurologic (physiology); Male; Models, Neurological; Neurons (physiology); Nonlinear Dynamics; Rats; Rats, Sprague-Dawley; Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted; Status Epilepticus (physiopathology); Temporal Lobe (physiopathology)

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