Department of Neurology, Epilepsy and Headache Group, the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, Jixi Road 218, Hefei 230022, China; Department of Neurology, the Fourth Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, Huaihai Avenue 100, Hefei 230000, China. Electronic address: [Email]
The ventrolateral periaqueductal gray matter (vlPAG) plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of migraine and few studies have shown that vlPAG might be involved in the pathophysiology of epilepsy. But its roles in epileptogenesis and comorbid relationship between migraine and epilepsy have never been reported. In this study, the impairments of vlPAG neuronal network during spontaneous recurrent seizure (SRS) development after status epilepticus (SE) were investigated, and the pain sensitivity as well as the SRS investigated after neurochemical lesion to vlPAG to determine the role of vlPAG in epileptogenesis and in migraine comorbidity with epilepsy. Neuronal loss and alterations of excitatory and inhibitory neural transmission within vlPAG accompanied the development of epileptogenesis induced by SE. On the other hand, neurochemical lesion to vlPAG enhanced frequency and duration of spontaneous seizure event and frequency of epileptiform inter-ictal spike discharges in electroencephalography (EEG), but decreased pain threshold in epileptic rats. This indicates an involvement of the pain regulating structure, vlPAG, in the pathogenesis of epilepsy. This may imply that vlPAG network alterations could be a possible underlying mechanism of the interactive comorbid relationship between epilepsy and migraine.