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Mult Scler. 2014 Dec;20(14):1900-3. doi: 10.1177/1352458514538111. Epub 2014 Jun 16.

Effects of natalizumab on oligoclonal bands in the cerebrospinal fluid of multiple sclerosis patients: a longitudinal study.

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1
Don C Gnocchi Foundation ONLUS, Piazza Morandi 3, 20100, Milano, Italy rmancuso@dongnocchi.it.
2
Laboratory of Neuroimmunology, IRCCS, C Mondino National Neurological Institute, Pavia, Italy.
3
Don C Gnocchi Foundation, ONLUS, Milan, Italy.
4
Don C Gnocchi Foundation, ONLUS, Milan, Italy/University of Milan, Italy.

Abstract

Retrospective studies show that natalizumab modifies oligoclonal immunoglobulin (IgG) bands (OCBs) in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. In this study, we prospectively analyzed both serum and CSF samples from 24 MS patients, before and after 2 years of natalizumab-based therapy. Our results showed complete (55%) or partial (27%) disappearance of the OCBs in CSF samples that were taken after 2 years of therapy. Intrathecal IgG production, represented by the IgG index and IgGLoc, was also quantitatively reduced. Our data showed that natalizumab substantially modulates both intrathecal polyclonal and oligoclonal IgG production: This effect was much more potent than was previously reported.

KEYWORDS:

Cerebrospinal fluid; intrathecal IgG; multiple sclerosis; natalizumab; oligoclonal bands

PMID:
24948690
DOI:
10.1177/1352458514538111
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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