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Aquaporin-4 antibodies

K Soelberg, A C Nilsson, C Nielsen, S Jarius, M Reindl, B Wildemann, S T Lillevang, N Asgari
BACKGROUND: Optic neuritis (ON) is an inflammatory optic neuropathy, where the genetic and autoimmune dependency remains poorly characterized. OBJECTIVE: To investigate autoimmune and immunogenetic aspects of ON. METHOD: In a prospective population-based cohort 51 patients with ON were included. At follow up 20 patients had progressed to multiple sclerosis (MS-ON). All patients were screened for neuronal and systemic autoantibodies. HLA genotypes and allele and genotype frequencies of the PTPN22 C1858T and the PD-1...
March 7, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Yasutaka Tajima, Mariko Matsumura, Hiroaki Yaguchi, Yasunori Mito
A 27-year-old woman with optic neuritis and cervical myelitis developed hypertrophic demyelinating polyneuropathy. It was hypothesized that the diagnosis was combined central and peripheral demyelination. A hypertrophic nerve was observed subcutaneously, and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated marked hypertrophy of the nerve roots. The patient was negative for anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies. Her anti-neurofascin 155 antibody levels was slightly elevated, but it was not definitely positive. Pulsed steroid therapy and the administration of immunoglobulin ameliorated her symptoms...
2018: Internal Medicine
Ruth Geraldes, Olga Ciccarelli, Frederik Barkhof, Nicola De Stefano, Christian Enzinger, Massimo Filippi, Monika Hofer, Friedemann Paul, Paolo Preziosa, Alex Rovira, Gabriele C DeLuca, Ludwig Kappos, Tarek Yousry, Franz Fazekas, Jette Frederiksen, Claudio Gasperini, Jaume Sastre-Garriga, Nikos Evangelou, Jacqueline Palace
MRI red flags proposed over a decade ago by the European Magnetic Resonance Network in MS (MAGNIMS) have guided clinicians in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the past 10 years have seen increased recognition that vascular disease can coexist and possibly interact with MS, improvements in the reliability of ways to differentiate MS from novel antibody-mediated CNS disorders (such as anti-aquaporin-4 antibody and myelin-oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody-associated diseases) and advances in MRI techniques...
March 9, 2018: Nature Reviews. Neurology
Rosa Cortese, Lise Magnollay, Carmen Tur, Khaled Abdel-Aziz, Anu Jacob, Floriana De Angelis, Marios C Yiannakas, Ferran Prados, Sebastien Ourselin, Tarek A Yousry, Frederik Barkhof, Olga Ciccarelli
OBJECTIVE: To assess the value of the central vein sign (CVS) on a clinical 3T scanner to distinguish between multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). METHODS: Eighteen aquaporin-4-antibody-positive patients with NMOSD, 18 patients with relapsing-remitting MS, and 25 healthy controls underwent 3T MRI. The presence of a central vein in white matter lesions on susceptibility-weighted imaging, defined as a thin hypointense line or a small dot, was recorded...
March 7, 2018: Neurology
Ami Schattner, Shilo Voichanski, Livnat Uliel
A healthy 38-year-old woman developed sudden unilateral vision loss due to retrobulbar optic neuritis in the wake of varicella-zoster virus infection. She had no further central nervous system (CNS) lesions. Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies were found, consistent with neuromyelitis optica (NMO). Later, serial MRIs showed dynamic short-segment and long-segment myelitis lesions, ANA titre increased and additional autoantibodies were found including anti-dsDNA, anti-chromatin/nucleosome and antiphospholipid antibodies...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Yu Zhang, Mingqin Zhu, Lifang Wang, Miao Shi, Hui Deng
RATIONALE: Longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (LETM) is characterized by contiguous inflammatory lesions of spinal cord extending to ≥3 vertebral segments. The etiology of LETM is complicated, including various infection, autoimmune disease, and so on. Neuromyelitis optic spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is the most common cause of LETM. Several case reports have suggested the associations between NMOSD and pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). PATIENT CONCERNS: Patient 1, a 20-year-old woman who had a past history of PTB, presented with weakness, numbness, and pain in the limbs...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nam Hee Kim, Ho Jin Kim, Cheol Yong Park, Kyoung Sook Jeong, Joong Yang Cho
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and visual evoked potentials (VEPs) can be used to detect optic neuritis (ON). However, the comparative sensitivities of OCT and VEPs for detecting ON in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) are unclear, and so we assessed these sensitivities. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 73 patients with aquaporin-4 antibody-seropositive NMOSD, and 101 eyes with ON. The clinical characteristics, visual acuity (VA), Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) scores, OCT peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thickness, and VEPs of the patients were evaluated...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurology
K Shidahara, K Hayashi, K E Sada, S Hiramatsu, M Morishita, H Watanabe, Y Matsumoto, T Kawabata, J Wada
We present a case of a woman with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who had refractory episodes of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and was successfully treated with rituximab. She was positive for anti-aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibody and had typical cranial and longitudinally extended spinal lesions but no optic nerve involvement. There is no established treatment for NMOSD/SLE overlap cases. Our experience suggests that rituximab may be effective for patients with combined SLE and anti-AQP4 antibody-positive NMOSD...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Marco A Lana-Peixoto, Denison Pedrosa, Natália Talim, Juliana M S S Amaral, Alice Horta, Rodrigo Kleinpaul
Dengue virus infection is a disease with high incidence in some tropical and subtropical countries. A variety of neurological complications of dengue fever (DF) has been described including two cases with the phenotype of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). However, aquaporin-4 serostatus was unknown or negative in these patients. We report two patients with NMOSD occurring in association with DF. The first patient presented with brainstem symptoms and the second one with isolated unilateral optic neuritis...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
John J Chen, W Oliver Tobin, Masoud Majed, Jiraporn Jitprapaikulsan, James P Fryer, Jacqueline A Leavitt, Eoin P Flanagan, Andrew McKeon, Sean J Pittock
Importance: Autoantibodies to aquaporin-4 (AQP4) and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) are recently established biomarkers of autoimmune optic neuritis whose frequency and accompanying phenotype, especially for MOG-IgG, are still being characterized. The Optic Neuritis Treatment Trial (ONTT) was a well-known randomized clinical trial in optic neuritis; therefore, knowledge of the serostatus and accompanying phenotype of these patients would be useful to determine the frequency of these antibodies in patients presenting with typical monocular optic neuritis and their outcomes...
February 22, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
Sophie Duignan, Sukhvir Wright, Tom Rossor, John Cazabon, Kimberly Gilmour, Olga Ciccarelli, Evangeline Wassmer, Ming Lim, Cheryl Hemingway, Yael Hacohen
AIM: Our objectives were to evaluate the utility of measuring myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) and aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibodies (Ab) in clinical practice and describe their associated neurological phenotypes in children. METHOD: Between 2012 and 2017, 371 children with suspected acquired demyelinating syndromes (ADS) seen in three tertiary centres were tested for MOG-Ab and AQP4-Ab. Medical notes were retrospectively reviewed, and clinical and demographic data compiled...
February 22, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Monika Bradl, Markus Reindl, Hans Lassmann
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) are severe inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), with the presence of aquaporin 4 (AQP4)-specific serum antibodies in the vast majority of patients, and with the presence of myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)-specific antibodies in approximately 40% of all AQP4-antibody negative NMOSD patients. Despite differences in antigen recognition, the preferred sites of lesions are similar in both groups of patients: They localize to the spinal cord and to the anterior visual pathway including retina, optic nerves, chiasm, and optic tracts, and - to lesser extent - also to certain predilection sites in the brain...
February 22, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurology
Daniel C Wiener, Tamara B Kaplan, Carlos E Bravo-Iñiguez, Jordan Miller, Aaron L Berkowitz, Michael T Jaklitsch
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders are a group of relapsing, inflammatory, demyelinating neurologic syndromes involving the central nervous system associated with antibodies against aquaporin-4. Although most commonly an idiopathic autoimmune condition, neuromyelitis optica may occur as a paraneoplastic syndrome in rare instances. We report a case of transverse myelitis caused by paraneoplastic neuromyelitis optica as the presenting clinical syndrome in a patient with esophageal adenocarcinoma.
March 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Philippe Cabre, M Mejdoubi, S Jeannin, H Merle, Y Plumelle, G Cavillon, D Smadja, R Marignier
OBJECTIVE: Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a very severe autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system. It affects young subjects and has a poor prognosis both on a functional and vital level. Therefore, it is imperative to reduce the frequency of relapses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and neuroradiological effectiveness of rituximab (RTX) on active forms of NMO. METHODS: We conducted a 2-year open prospective multicenter study that included 32 patients treated with RTX at a dose of 375 mg/m2 /week for 1 month...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Neurology
C G Chee, K S Park, J W Lee, H W Ahn, E Lee, Y Kang, H S Kang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis is a well-documented spinal manifestation of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders, however, other forms of nontumorous myelopathy can also manifest as longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis. Our aim was to evaluate the MR imaging features of aquaporin-4 antibody-positive longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis, which is strongly associated with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated cervicomedullary junction involvement, cord expansion ratios, bright spotty lesions, the number of involved segments, skipped lesions, enhancement patterns, and axial distribution patterns using spinal MR imaging of 41 patients with longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis who underwent aquaporin-4 antibody testing...
February 15, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Robert Wilson, Mateusz Makuch, Anne-Kathrin Kienzler, James Varley, Jennifer Taylor, Mark Woodhall, Jacqueline Palace, M Isabel Leite, Patrick Waters, Sarosh R Irani
Autoantibodies to aquaporin-4 (AQP4) are pathogenic in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). However, it is not known which B cells are the major contributors to circulating AQP4 antibodies nor which conditions promote their generation. Our experiments showed CD19+CD27++CD38++ circulating ex vivo antibody-secreting cells did not produce AQP4 antibodies under several culture conditions. To question whether other cells in circulation were capable of AQP4 antibody production, B cells were differentiated into antibody-secreting cells in vitro...
February 13, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Navneet K Singh, Alexander J Sweidan, Sarah Strube, Ignacio Carrillo-Nunez
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs) are a set of demyelinating disorders that primarily target the optic nerves and the spinal cord. Previously thought to be a subset of multiple sclerosis (MS), now is recognized as a distinct entity. We present a 59-year-old female patient who was admitted for acute upper and lower extremity weakness. The patient had woken up from sleep with sudden onset of weakness. Patient was initially diagnosed with a right hemispheric stroke; however, magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical spine later performed showed abnormal enhancement from C2-C4, representing transverse myelitis...
2018: Clinical Medicine Insights. Case Reports
Lukmanee Tradtrantip, Christian M Felix, Rolf Spirig, Adriana Baz Morelli, A S Verkman
Intravenous human immunoglobulin G (IVIG) may have therapeutic benefit in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (herein called NMO), in part because of the anti-inflammatory properties of the IgG Fc region. Here, we evaluated recombinant Fc hexamers consisting of the IgM μ-tailpiece fused with the Fc region of human IgG1. In vitro, the Fc hexamers prevented cytotoxicity in aquaporin-4 (AQP4) expressing cells and in rat spinal cord slice cultures exposed to NMO anti-AQP4 autoantibody (AQP4-IgG) and complement, with >500-fold greater potency than IVIG or monomeric Fc fragments...
February 8, 2018: Neuropharmacology
So Hyun Ahn, Sung-Min Kim, Jung-Joon Sung
Aquaporin-4 immunoglobulin G -positive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD-AQP4) is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system that predominantly affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. Rituximab (RTX)-a monoclonal antibody to CD20 in B cells-is effective in the treatment of NMOSD. However, interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a very rare yet potentially fatal complication of RTX treatment. Here, we detail the first reported case of RTX-induced ILD in a patient with NMOSD-AQP4. ILD should be suspected in patients with NMOSD undergoing RTX treatment who present with dyspnea and/or cough without any signs or symptoms of infection...
February 2, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Akihiko Hoshi, Ayako Tsunoda, Teiji Yamamoto, Mari Tada, Akiyoshi Kakita, Yoshikazu Ugawa
AIMS: Glutamate neurotoxicity plays an important role in the pathogenesis of various neurodegenerative disorders. Many studies have demonstrated that glutamate transporter-1 (GLT-1), the dominant astrocytic glutamate transporter, is significantly reduced in the cerebral cortex of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), suggesting that glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity might contribute to the pathogenesis of AD. In a previous study, we have demonstrated marked alterations in the expression of the astrocytic water channel protein aquaporin-4 (AQP4) in relation to amyloid β deposition in human AD brains...
February 6, 2018: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
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