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Female guinea pigs had intraventricular injections of either IgG from a patient with paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD) and anti-Purkinje cell antibodies (anti-Yo IgG) or control IgG. In animals that received a single injection of control or anti-Yo IgG and were killed at different time intervals, IgG immunoreactivity was present in the cytoplasm(More)
Serum from 70 patients with sporadic inclusion body myositis (IBM) was subjected to agarose gel immunofixation electrophoresis. The IgG extracted from 9 patients with monoclonal proteins, 3 without, and 2 control subjects and was purified, biotinylated, and applied to muscle biopsy sections for immunocytochemistry and to purified muscle protein fractions(More)
OBJECTIVE Rituximab has emerged as an efficacious option for drug-resistant myasthenia gravis (MG). However, reports published only describe the short-term follow-up of patients treated and little is known about their long-term clinical and immunologic evolution. Our objective was to report the clinical and immunologic long-term follow-up of 17 patients (6(More)
We studied 7 patients with an acute motor axonal Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), manifested 5 to 15 days after parenteral injection of a commercial ganglioside preparation given for nonspecific pain syndromes. The serum IgG and IgM antibody response to ganglioside was studied serially and the recognition of epitopes on the peripheral nerves and motor(More)
We report the results of treatment with Rituximab in six severe, non-responder MG patients. We treated three AChR+MG and three MuSK+MG patients, representing 2% and 20% of the respective groups of our series. Patients were assessed according to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) recommendations. Antibody titers to AChR and MuSK, Ig levels,(More)
BACKGROUND A 46-year-old woman presented to a local hospital with acute respiratory failure and a 2-year progressive history of fatigue, personality changes, increased sweating, dysphagia with substantial weight loss, dysarthria, and intermittent ptosis and diplopia. Neurological examination showed facial weakness, lingual atrophy and bulbar palsy, which(More)
Chemokine receptors are distinctively exposed on cells to characterize their migration pattern. However, little is known about factors that may regulate their expression. To determine the optimal conditions for an accurate analysis of chemokine receptors, we compared the expression of CCR2, CCR4, CCR5, CCR6, CXCR3 and CXCR4 on different leukocyte subsets(More)
Two patients with chronic motor neuropathy, high antiganglioside antibody (AGA) titers, and a declining response to IV immunoglobulins were treated with rituximab at a standard dose. The drug was well tolerated and effectively eliminated peripheral B cells (CD20+), but AGA titers continued significantly high. No clinical improvement was detected during the(More)
A new myositis-specific autoantibody directed against melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 (anti-MDA5) has been described in patients with dermatomyositis (DM). We report the clinical characteristics of patients with anti-MDA5 in a large Mediterranean cohort of DM patients from a single center, and analyze the feasibility of detecting this(More)
INTRODUCTION Adalimumab is a fully human anti-tumor necrosis factor α (anti-TNFα) monoclonal antibody that specifically blocks the interaction of TNFα with its receptors. It binds both soluble and transmembrane TNFα. We hypothesized that blocking these TNFα signals regulates the altered TNFα production in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS We(More)