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JAMA Neurol. 2013 Jan;70(1):44-50. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.574.

Glycine receptor autoimmune spectrum with stiff-man syndrome phenotype.

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Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine whether glycine receptor α1 subunit-specific autoantibodies (GlyRα1-IgG) occur in a broader spectrum of brainstem and spinal hyperexcitability disorders than the progressive encephalomyelitis with rigidity and myoclonus phenotype recognized to date, and to ascertain disease specificity.

DESIGN:

Retrospective, case-control study.

SETTINGS:

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and University of Barcelona, Spain.

PATIENTS:

Eighty-one patients with stiff-man syndrome phenotype, 80 neurologic control subjects, and 20 healthy control subjects.

INTERVENTION:

Glycine receptor α1-transfected cells to test serum or cerebrospinal fluid from cases and control subjects.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Frequency of GlyRα1-IgG positivity among stiff-man syndrome phenotype cases and control subjects. Comparison of GlyRα1-IgG seropositive and seronegative cases.

RESULTS:

Seropositive cases (12% of cases) included 9 with stiff-man syndrome (4 classic; 5 variant; 66% were glutamic acid decarboxylase 65-IgG positive) and 1 with progressive encephalomyelitis with rigidity and myoclonus. Immunotherapy responses were noted more frequently in GlyRα1-IgG-positive cases (6 of 7 improved) than in seronegative cases (7 of 25 improved; P= .02). The single seropositive control patient had steroid-responsive vision loss and optic atrophy with inflammatory cerebrospinal fluid.

CONCLUSIONS:

Glycine receptor α1-IgG aids identification of autoimmune brainstem/spinal cord hyperexcitability disorders and may extend to the glycinergic visual system.

PMID:
23090334
PMCID:
PMC3718477
DOI:
10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.574
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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