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Ann Neurol. 2009 Apr;65(4):474-9. doi: 10.1002/ana.21605.

Varicella zoster virus is not a disease-relevant antigen in multiple sclerosis.

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Department of Neurology, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Aurora, CO 80045, USA. mark.burgoon@uchsc.edu

Abstract

Herpesvirions and varicella zoster virus (VZV) DNA were recently reported in all 15 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) obtained within 1 week of exacerbation. Using identical electron microscopic and polymerase chain reaction techniques, including additional primer sets representing different regions of the VZV genome, we found no herpesvirions or VZV DNA in MS CSF or acute MS plaques. Although enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay analysis demonstrated a higher titer of VZV antibody in MS CSF than in inflammatory control samples, recombinant antibodies prepared from clonally expanded MS CSF plasma cells did not bind to VZV. VZV is not a disease-relevant antigen in MS.

PMID:
19399839
PMCID:
PMC2844106
DOI:
10.1002/ana.21605
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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