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BACKGROUND: A polyspecific, intrathecal humoral immune response against neurotropic viruses such as measles, rubella and varicella zoster virus (MRZ reaction, MRZR) is present in 80-100% of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), but has not to date been evaluated in patients with neuromyelitis optica (NMO). AIMS: To evaluate whether MRZR distinguishes NMO and MS. METHODS: 20 patients with NMO and 42 with MS were included. The intrathecal synthesis of antibodies against measles, rubella and varicella zoster virus was detected by calculation of the respective antibody indices (AI). RESULTS: A positive MRZ reaction, as defined by a combination of at least two positive AIs, was found in 37/42 MS, but in only 1/20 NMO patients (p<0.0001). Median AI values differed significantly between the groups (p<0.0005). CONCLUSIONS: The polyspecific antiviral humoral immune response characteristic for MS is widely missing in NMO, irrespective of the NMO-IgG status of the patients. Our findings further strengthen the case for NMO being pathologically distinct from MS.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/jnnp.2007.133330

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry

Publication Date

10/2008

Volume

79

Pages

1134 - 1136

Keywords

Adult, Aged, Antibodies, Viral, Chickenpox, Diagnosis, Differential, Female, Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Indirect, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Measles, Middle Aged, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica, Optic Nerve, Rubella