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Mol Med Today. 2000 Feb;6(2):88-91.

Animal models for autoimmune demyelinating disorders of the nervous system.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, University of Wurzburg, Neurologische Universitätsklinik, Josef-Schneider-Str. 11, 97080 Würzburg, Germany. r.gold@mail.uni-wuerzburg.de


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that takes a relapsing-remitting or a progressive course (reviewed in Refs 1,2). Its counterpart in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) is chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) (reviewed in Ref. 3). In addition, there are acute, monophasic disorders, such as the inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy termed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) in the PNS, and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) in the CNS. Both MS and GBS are heterogeneous syndromes. In MS different exogenous assaults together with genetic factors can result in a disease course that finally fulfils the diagnostic criteria. In both diseases, axonal damage can add to a primarily demyelinating lesion and cause permanent neurological deficits. No single animal model exists that mimics all the features of human demyelinating diseases; rather, the available models reflect specific facets. Here, we focus on experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) and neuritis (EAN) as models in rat and mouse strains, and discuss their distinct histopathology and the roles played by different autoantigens.

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