Pedro Gónzalez-Porqué

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Oligoclonal IgM bands restricted to cerebrospinal fluid are an unfavorable prognostic marker in MS, the most common demyelinating disease of the CNS. We have attempted to identify the B cell subpopulation responsible for oligoclonal IgM secretion and the specificity of these bands. In addition, we explored the relationship between specificity and disease(More)
We described previously that multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with oligoclonal IgM against myelin lipids (M+) develop an aggressive disease. Our aim was to assess possible mechanisms regulating the production of these antibodies. We studied B cell subsets in 180 patients with MS, and 69 with other neurological diseases. M+ MS patients showed a moderate(More)
Intrathecal IgM synthesis (ITMS) predicts a worse evolution in the first stages of multiple sclerosis (MS). The aim of this study was the follow-up of a group of relapsing-remitting MS patients for a longer time to evaluate whether the ITMS implies a poor prognosis. Oligoclonal IgM bands were performed in 29 MS patients followed up from 5 to 16 years. Time(More)
BACKGROUND The authors have recently described that intrathecal IgM synthesis (ITMS) correlates with a higher disability in patients with clinically definite MS (CDMS). OBJECTIVE To follow-up a group of patients with MS in the initial stages of the disease to evaluate if the presence of ITMS correlates with a worse evolution. METHODS Oligoclonal IgM(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with a clinically isolated demyelinating syndrome (CIS) are at risk of developing a second attack, thus converting into clinically definite multiple sclerosis (CDMS). Therefore, an accurate prognostic marker for that conversion might allow early treatment. Brain MRI and oligoclonal IgG band (OCGB) detection are the most frequent(More)
Soluble major histocompatibility complex class I molecules (sHLA) present in human serum can be resolved by gel filtration into two different peaks with an apparent molecular mass of about 200 kDa (30% of the total) and 50-60 kDa (60%-70%). The serological analysis of the peaks shows that A or B specificities can only be detected in the 200 kDa peak while(More)
The authors studied the intrathecal IgM synthesis (ITMS) in paired sera and CSF samples from 65 patients with MS, 28 with CNS infection, 40 with other neurologic diseases and eight control subjects. ITMS was found in 30 patients with MS and in 20 with CNS infection, but not in patients with other neurologic diseases or in control subjects. In infectious(More)
Oligoclonal IgM bands (OCMB) against myelin lipids predict an aggressive multiple sclerosis (MS) course. However, the clinical significance of OCMB without lipid specificity, present in other MS patients, remains unknown. We describe here a characterization of these antibodies and study their role in MS progression. Fifty-four MS patients showing(More)
Demonstration of lesion dissemination in space (DIS) and time (DIT) is necessary for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) in clinically isolated syndromes (CIS). The McDonald criteria accepted two methods to demonstrate DIS. The fulfillment of at least three of four MRI Barkhof criteria (MRI-BC) or, alternatively, the finding of at least two MRI lesions(More)
Oligoclonal IgG bands (OCGB) are characteristic of multiple sclerosis (MS). Most patients show OCGB exclusively in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Others have serum bands with additional ones in CSF. Moreover, IgM bands against myelin lipids (LS-OCMB) associate with aggressive relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). We studied oligoclonal bands in 424 MS patients. Most(More)