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OBJECTIVE A study was undertaken to establish an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect JC virus (JCV)-specific antibodies in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, and to evaluate its potential utility for identifying patients at higher or lower risk (ie, risk stratification) of developing progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the rate of seropositivity of anti-JC virus (JCV) antibodies in a German multiple sclerosis (MS) cohort treated with natalizumab in the postmarketing setting and to assess anti-JCV serostatus in samples obtained before diagnosis of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). METHODS This was a blinded, retrospective(More)
Interferons (IFNs) induce early-response genes by stimulating Janus family (Jak) tyrosine kinases, leading to tyrosine phosphorylation of Stat transcription factors. Previous studies implicated protein-tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) activity in the control of IFN-regulated Jak/Stat signaling, but the specific PTPs responsible remained unidentified. We have(More)
Inflammation and oxidative stress are thought to promote tissue damage in multiple sclerosis. Thus, novel therapeutics enhancing cellular resistance to free radicals could prove useful for multiple sclerosis treatment. BG00012 is an oral formulation of dimethylfumarate. In a phase II multiple sclerosis trial, BG00012 demonstrated beneficial effects on(More)
A radioimmunoassay has been developed for measuring protein I, a basic, neuron-specific protein associated with nerve terminals. The procedure utilizes the detergents NaDodSO4 and Nonidet P-40 to prevent nonspecific adsorption of this highly charged protein to various surfaces. By use of this procedure, it has been possible to show that protein I comprises(More)
BACKGROUND Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in natalizumab-treated MS patients is linked to JC virus (JCV) infection. JCV sequence variation and rearrangements influence viral pathogenicity and tropism. To better understand PML development, we analyzed viral DNA sequences in blood, CSF and/or urine of natalizumab-treated PML patients. (More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence and clinical significance of neutralizing antibody (NAb) formation in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) who participated in the European Interferon Beta-1a IM Dose-Comparison Study. METHODS Patients were randomized to treatment with interferon beta-1a (IFNbeta-1a) 30 microg or 60 microg IM once weekly for(More)
BACKGROUND Accelerating the clearance of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) from the body may be useful to address uncommon but serious complications from treatment, such as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Treatment of PML requires immune reconstitution. Plasma exchange (PLEX) may accelerate mAb clearance, restoring the function of(More)
The methylation state of DNA from human colon tissue displaying neoplastic growth was determined by means of restriction endonuclease analysis. When compared to DNA from adjacent normal tissue, DNA from both benign colon polyps and malignant carcinomas was substantially hypomethylated. With the use of probes for growth hormone, gamma-globin, alpha-chorionic(More)
OBJECTIVE To find biomarkers identifying patients at risk for the development of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) during natalizumab treatment. METHODS Patients were recruited from 10 European and US cohorts. Of 289 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), 224 had been treated with natalizumab (18-80 months), 21 received other(More)