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CSF oligoclonal bands in MS include antibodies against Chlamydophila antigens.

Neurology 2001 May 8;56(9):1168-76
Yao SY, Stratton CW, Mitchell WM, Sriram S

Departments of Neurology (Dr. Yao and S. Sriram) and Pathology (Drs. Stratton and Mitchell), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN.

BACKGROUND:

Considerable evidence suggests the role of an infectious agent in MS. The presence of Chlamydophila pneumoniae in CSF from patients with MS was shown earlier; to further examine this association the reactivity of the oligoclonal antibody response in the CSF of patients with MS to C pneumoniae antigens was determined and compared with other antigens.

METHODS:

Seventeen patients with MS and 14 control subjects with other neurologic disease were studied. Affinity-driven immunoblot studies and solid-phase adsorption of CSF oligoclonal bands by elementary body antigens of C pneumoniae, viral antigens (measles and herpes simplex virus-1), bacterial antigen (Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus), and heat shock protein-60 were performed.

RESULTS:

Affinity-driven immunoblot studies demonstrated reactivity of oligoclonal bands in CSF samples from 16 patients with MS against elementary body antigens of C pneumoniae. None of the control subjects showed a prominent reactivity to elementary body antigens of C pneumoniae. In 14 of 17 patients with MS examined, oligoclonal bands were adsorbed either partially or completely from the CSF by elementary body antigens of C pneumoniae, but not by myelin basic protein, heat shock protein-60, or bacterial or viral antigens. In three patients with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, adsorption of oligoclonal bands was seen with measles virus antigens but not with elementary body antigens of C pneumoniae.

CONCLUSIONS:

Oligoclonal bands in CSF of patients with MS include antibodies against Chlamydophila antigens.