Peter Eichhorn

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BACKGROUND 80-100% of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) display a polyspecific, intrathecal humoral immune response against a broad panel of viral agents including antibodies to measles, rubella and varicella zoster virus as its three most abundant components (called MRZ reaction [MRZR]). However, a positive MRZR reaction can also be found in some(More)
The inadequate response of immune cells to circulating apoptotic products, such as nucleosomal DNA fragments, is assumed to be a potent stimulus for the production of autoantibodies during the pathogenesis and progression of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Here, we analyzed the levels of circulating nucleosomes, caspases, and C-reactive protein in sera(More)
It has long been known that the majority of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) display an intrathecal, polyspecific humoral immune response to a broad panel of neurotropic viruses. This response has measles virus, rubella virus and varicella zoster virus as its most frequent constituents and is thus referred to as the MRZ reaction (MRZR). Re-evaluation(More)
BACKGROUND Proteolytic shedding of the immunostimulatory NKG2D ligands MICA and MICB from cancer cells constitutes a novel immune escape strategy that diminishes antitumor reactivity by NKG2D-bearing cytotoxic lymphocytes. In consequence, serum levels of soluble MICA and MICB are frequently found to be elevated in cancer disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS As(More)
Testing for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-restricted oligoclonal bands (OCB) by isoelectric focusing is used to detect intrathecally produced total IgG. By contrast, antibody indices (AI) are assessed to test for intrathecally produced antigen-specific IgG. A number of previous cases reports have suggested that AI testing might be more sensitive than OCB(More)
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) preparations are increasingly used for therapy of several neuroimmunologic diseases. IVIg therapy is considered safe, although serious side effects like aseptic meningitis, cerebral vasospasm, or ischemic encephalopathy have been reported. These side effects are frequently associated with neutrophilic pleocytosis in the(More)
UNLABELLED Wegener's granulomatosis is a distinct clinicopathologic entity characterized by granulomatous vasculitis of the upper and lower respiratory tract and glomerulonephritis. This disease can present as a clinical picture which resembles sepsis and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Wegener's disease requires immunosuppression which can have(More)
Autoantibodies, in particular those against aquaporin-4 and myelin-oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG), aid as biomarkers in the differential diagnosis of demyelination. Here, we report on discovery of autoantibodies against flotillin in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The target antigen was identified by histo-immunoprecipitation using the patients’(More)
Primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and autoimmune hepatitis are the three major immune-mediated liver diseases. The etiologies of primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis and autoimmune hepatitis are largely unknown, but seem to be influenced by genetic and environmental factors. Autoantibodies can be found in nearly(More)
We present the case of a 75-year-old female with weight loss, anemia, systemic signs of inflammation, mild renal insufficiency, microscopic hematuria, mixed glomerular and tubular proteinuria, and high titers of PR3-ANCA. Renal biopsy demonstrated interstitial nephritis with some sclerosed but otherwise normal glomeruli. Extensive work-up showed no signs of(More)