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Aquaporin-4 antibodies

Chen Cheng, Ying Jiang, Xiaodong Lu, Fu Gu, Zhuang Kang, Yongqiang Dai, Zhengqi Lu, Xueqiang Hu
BACKGROUND: Acute brainstem syndrome (ABS) may herald multiple sclerosis (MS), neuromyelitis optica (NMO), or occur as an isolated syndrome. The aquaporin 4 (AQP4)-specific serum autoantibody, NMO-IgG, is a biomarker for NMO. However, the role of anti-AQP4 antibody in the conversion of ABS to NMO is unclear. METHODS: Thirty-one patients with first-event ABS were divided into two groups according to the presence of anti-AQP4 antibodies, their clinical features and outcomes were retrospectively analyzed...
October 21, 2016: BMC Neurology
Vahid Davoudi, Kiandokht Keyhanian, Riley M Bove, Tanuja Chitnis
Anti-aquaporin-4 (AQP4) autoantibody plays a key role in the pathogenesis of neuromyelitis optica (NMO). Studies have shown increased relapse rates in patients with NMO during pregnancy and postpartum. High estrogen levels during pregnancy can increase activation-induced cytidine deaminase expression, which is responsible for immunoglobulin production. Additionally, sex hormones may influence antibody glycosylation, with effects on antibody function. Estrogen decreases apoptosis of self-reactive B cells, through upregulation of antiapoptotic molecules...
December 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Nadja Borisow, Ingo Kleiter, Anna Gahlen, Katrin Fischer, Klaus-Dieter Wernecke, Florence Pache, Klemens Ruprecht, Joachim Havla, Markus Krumbholz, Tania Kümpfel, Orhan Aktas, Marius Ringelstein, Christian Geis, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Achim Berthele, Bernhard Hemmer, Klemens Angstwurm, Robert Weissert, Jan-Patrick Stellmann, Simon Schuster, Martin Stangel, Florian Lauda, Hayrettin Tumani, Christoph Mayer, Lena Zeltner, Ulf Ziemann, Ralf A Linker, Matthias Schwab, Martin Marziniak, Florian Then Bergh, Ulrich Hofstadt-van Oy, Oliver Neuhaus, Alexander Winkelmann, Wael Marouf, Lioba Rückriem, Jürgen Faiss, Brigitte Wildemann, Friedemann Paul, Sven Jarius, Corinna Trebst, Kerstin Hellwig
BACKGROUND: Gender and age at onset are important epidemiological factors influencing prevalence, clinical presentation, and treatment response in autoimmune diseases. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of female sex and fertile age on aquaporin-4-antibody (AQP4-ab) status, attack localization, and response to attack treatment in patients with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and its spectrum disorders (neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD)). METHODS: Female-to-male ratios, diagnosis at last visit (NMO vs NMOSD), attack localization, attack treatment, and outcome were compared according to sex and age at disease or attack onset...
October 6, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Nabil K El Ayoubi, Samia J Khoury
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system. Only a few biomarkers are available in MS clinical practice, such as cerebrospinal fluid oligoclonal bands and immunoglobulin index, serum anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies, and serum anti-John Cunningham virus antibodies. Thus, there is a significant unmet need for biomarkers to assess prognosis, response to therapy, or potential treatment complications. Here we describe emerging biomarkers that are in development, focusing on those from peripheral blood...
October 18, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Shuo Zhao, Huanfen Zhou, Xudong Peng, Shaoying Tan, Zihao Liu, Tingjun Chen, Quangang Xu, Shihui Wei
OBJECTIVE: This study retrospectively analyzed the frequency of anti-thyroid antibodies (ATAs) and thyroid disease in patients with optic neuritis (ON). METHODS: Tests of serum thyroglobulin (TG) and thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies and thyroid function were performed in 97 ON patients. Blood also was drawn to test for AQP4-Ab using cell-based and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. Comparisons of the frequencies of ATAs, thyroid diseases and thyroid function were performed based on AQP4-Ab status...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
Edgar Carnero Contentti, Mariana De Virgiliis, Javier Pablo Hryb, Felisa Leguizamon, Julia Celso, José Luis Di Pace, Mónica Perassolo
BACKGROUND: Antibodies against aquaporin-4 (AQP4-ab) have diagnostic and prognostic value. However, little is known to date about their utility in the first event of optic neuritis (ON). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of systematic AQP4-ab determination in a retrospective cohort of patients with a first onset of ON. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients (n = 42) were tested for AQP4-ab in the following context: typical ON (TON) and atypical ON (AON)...
October 13, 2016: European Neurology
Huanfen Zhou, Wei Wang, Quangang Xu, Shaoying Tan, Shuo Zhao, Mo Yang, Chunxia Peng, Shihui Wei
Purpose. Although optic neuritis (ON) in children is relatively common, visual outcomes and factors associated with the condition have not been well documented. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical features and visual outcomes of ON in Chinese children. Methods. Patients with a first episode of ON at a tertiary neuroophthalmic centre in China were assessed and followed up for at least three months. Visual outcomes and clinical, laboratory, and neuroimaging findings were reviewed. In patients with bilateral ON, only the eyes with worse visual acuity (VA) at presentation were used for statistical analysis...
2016: Journal of Ophthalmology
Tetsuya Akaishi, Ichiro Nakashima, Takayuki Takeshita, Kimihiko Kaneko, Shunji Mugikura, Douglas Kazutoshi Sato, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Toru Nakazawa, Masashi Aoki, Kazuo Fujihara
We compared the clinical features of optic neuritis (ON) that are frequently observed in various central nervous system demyelinating diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), anti-aquaporin 4 (AQP4) antibody- and anti-myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) autoantibody-related diseases. Almost all the AQP4-ON patients were female, whereas half of the MOG-ON patients were male. The ON-onset age was younger in MS-ON and was older in AQP4-ON. The ON-lesion detected using optic MRI in the acute phase was longer in MOG-ON and showed severe swelling and twisting...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Julius Birnbaum, Nidhi M Atri, Alan N Baer, Raffaello Cimbro, Janelle Montagne, Livia Casciola-Rosen
OBJECTIVE: Sjögren's syndrome (SS) patients may be affected by the neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a severe demyelinating syndrome associated with anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies (anti-AQP4 antibodies). The relationship between SS and NMOSD has been a sustained focus of investigation. Among SS patients, anti-AQP4 antibodies have been detected exclusively in those with NMOSD. It has therefore been speculated that NMOSD is not a neurological complication of SS. However, such studies evaluated small numbers of SS patients, often admixed with other inflammatory disorders...
October 1, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Wildéa Lice de Carvalho Jennings Pereira, Edna Maria Vissoci Reiche, Ana Paula Kallaur, Sayonara Rangel Oliveira, Andréa Name Colado Simão, Marcell Alysson Batisti Lozovoy, Lucas José Vaz Schiavão, Paula Raquel do Vale Pascoal Rodrigues, Daniela Frizon Alfieri, Tamires Flauzino, Damacio Ramón Kaimen-Maciel
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to report the frequency of autoimmune disorders and autoantibodies in 22 patients with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), as well as whether the seropositivity for autoantibodies differs between anti-aquaporin 4 (AQP4) positive and AQP4 negative NMO patients. METHODS: Demographic, medical records, and a profile of autoantibodies were evaluated in 22 NMO patients, including AQP4, anti-thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor, antinuclear antibodies (ANA), anti-thyroperoxidase (anti-TPO), anti-thyroglobulin (anti-Tg), anti-double-stranded DNA, anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic, anti-cyclic citrullinate peptide, rheumatoid factor, anti-SSA/Ro, anti-SSB/La, anti-Smith antibodies (anti-Sm), anti-ribonucleoprotein, anti-nucleosome, and anti-Scl70...
October 3, 2016: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
Masataka Fukuoka, Ichiro Kuki, Hisashi Kawawaki, Kiyohiro Kim, Yuka Hattori, Hitomi Tsuji, Asako Horino, Megumi Nukui, Shin Okazaki
An 11-year-old boy presented with progressive leg hypesthesia but no history of trauma. Dysuria and constipation appeared subsequent to gait difficulty. He was admitted 8days after onset. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed longitudinal hyperintensity with cord swelling and hypointensity on T2-weighted images, suggesting severe inflammation and microbleeding change, respectively. Gadolinium contrast-enhanced MRI demonstrated mild enhancement in the lesions. Platelet count and coagulation findings were normal, and cerebrospinal fluid analysis showed no pleocytosis...
September 26, 2016: Brain & Development
Tomohiko Uchida, Masahiro Mori, Akiyuki Uzawa, Hiroki Masuda, Mayumi Muto, Ryohei Ohtani, Satoshi Kuwabara
BACKGROUND: Inflammation in neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is triggered by a serum antibody against the aquaporin-4 (AQP4). This process requires antibody penetration of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), but the mechanisms for BBB disruption in NMO remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: We examined whether changes in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), and cytokines are associated with BBB disruption in NMO...
September 28, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Izumi Kawachi, Hans Lassmann
Multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO) are autoimmune demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), having distinct immunological and pathological features. They have two pathogenic components, 'inflammation' and 'neurodegeneration', with different degrees of severity and pathogenetic mechanisms. The target antigen of autoimmunity in NMO is the water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4), and antibodies directed against this antigen result in astrocyte damage. MS is a disease primarily affecting myelin and oligodendrocytes, but thus far, no MS-specific autoantigen has been identified...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Kyung Min Kim, Ungsoo Samuel Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate the prevalence of aquaporin 4 antibody (AQP4-Ab) in new-onset optic neuritis patients and investigate the characteristics of seropositive patients. METHODS: Thirty-six women and six men with new-onset isolated optic neuritis were included in this study between January 2013 and December 2014. AQP4-Ab was detected and all blood samples were obtained prior to treatment and within one week from attack. The patients were sub-grouped into either a seropositive group or a seronegative group according to AQP4-Ab...
September 26, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
Valentina Damato, Amelia Evoli, Raffaele Iorio
Importance: Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs) are autoimmune astrocytopathies characterized by predominant involvement of the optic nerves and spinal cord. In most patients, an IgG autoantibody binding to astrocytic aquaporin 4, the principal water channel of the central nervous system, is detected. Rituximab, a chimeric monoclonal antibody specific for the CD20 B-lymphocyte surface antigen, has been increasingly adopted as a first-line off-label treatment for patients with NMOSDs...
September 26, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Patricia López Pardo, Concepción Jiménez Rojas, María Moral Carretón
Although neuromyelitis optica initially described by Eugen Devic in 1897 was considered for many years as a variant of multiple sclerosis, clinical course, more aggressive from the start, progressive towards severe disability and poor visual prognosis, and a different response to treatment, clearly point to a different process. Anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies are a specific biomarker of the entity and, since their discovery, both the number of symptoms and the radiological data about the disease have progressively increased, and the concept of clinical spectrum of neuromyelitis optica has been defined...
September 13, 2016: Age and Ageing
Svetlana Hakobyan, Sebastian Luppe, David Rs Evans, Katharine Harding, Samantha Loveless, Neil P Robertson, B Paul Morgan
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) are autoimmune inflammatory demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system. Although distinguished by clinicoradiological and demographic features, early manifestations can be similar complicating management. Antibodies against aquaporin-4 support the diagnosis of NMOSD but are negative in some patients. Therefore, there is unmet need for biomarkers that enable early diagnosis and disease-specific intervention...
September 9, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Xin Yang, Bruce R Ransom, Jian-Fang Ma
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a recurrent inflammatory disease that preferentially targets the optic nerves and spinal cord. The presence of antibodies to the water channel protein aquaporin-4 (AQP4), expressed almost exclusively in astrocytes in the central nervous system (CNS), is a reliable biomarker for NMO. These antibodies, NMO-IgG, may be responsible for the sequential cascade of immune events, including IgG/IgM deposition, infiltration of granulocytes and complement-mediated cytotoxicity (i.e. astrocyte loss) and demyelination...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Masami Tanaka, Keiko Tanaka
Sudden hearing loss may occur in rare cases of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). There have also been reports of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD), but the frequency of such cases is unclear. We conducted a retrospective analysis of the medical records of 173 consecutive patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and 101 consecutive patients with NMOSD who tested positive for anti-aquaporin-4 antibodies in addition to 37 consecutive patients with clinically isolated syndromes (CIS) to investigate the frequency and onset timing of SNHL...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Chen Chen, Sun Xiaobo, Wang Yuge, Shu Yaqing, Fang Ling, Peng Lisheng, Lu Zhengqi, Qiu Wei
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and autoantibodies. METHODS: Blood samples of 108 NMOSD patients and 38 controls were collected from January 2012 to August 2014. Immunological parameters, including anti-aquaporin 4, antinuclear, anti-ribonucleoprotein, anti-SM, anti-SSA/Ro, anti-SSB/La and anti-ribosomal P-protein autoantibodies were examined. RESULTS: The NMOSD group exhibited a significantly higher percentage of anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies compared with the control group (76...
September 8, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
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