Veerle Somers

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To determine the role of expanded CD4(+)CD28(null) T cells in multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis pathology, these cells were phenotypically characterized and their Ag reactivity was studied. FACS analysis confirmed that CD4(+)CD28(null) T cells are terminally differentiated effector memory cells. In addition, they express phenotypic markers that(More)
An important contribution of B cells and autoantibodies has been demonstrated in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS), leading to interest in the use of such autoantibodies as diagnostic or prognostic biomarkers. The objective of this study was to identify novel Ab biomarkers for MS using "serological Ag selection". Using a phage display library(More)
Limited information is available on the identity of antigens targeted by antibodies present in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). The aim of this study was to identify novel antigens for CIS and investigate their prognostic potential to predict conversion to multiple sclerosis (MS). We applied serological antigen(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The long term effects of fingolimod, an oral treatment for relapsing-remitting (RR) multiple sclerosis (MS), on blood circulating B and T cell subtypes in MS patients are not completely understood. This study describes for the first time the longitudinal effects of fingolimod treatment on B and T cell subtypes. Furthermore,(More)
Neuropoietins such as leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) have been shown to ameliorate experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) and promote oligodendrocyte survival in vivo. We tested whether two previously described LIF polymorphisms are associated with MS by genotyping these single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in a group of MS patients (n=110),(More)
We have previously identified eight novel autoantibody targets in the cerebrospinal fluid of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, including sperm-associated Ag 16 (SPAG16). In the current study, we further investigated the autoantibody response against SPAG16-a protein with unknown function in the CNS-and its expression in MS pathology. Using isoelectric(More)
CD4(+)CD28(-) T cells arise through repeated antigenic stimulation and are present in diseased tissues of patients with various autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS). These cells are believed to have cytotoxic properties that contribute to the pathogenic damaging of the target organ. Endogenous cues that are increased in the diseased(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS), for which current treatments are unable to prevent disease progression. Based on its neuroprotective and neuroregenerating properties, leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), a member of the interleukin-6 (IL-6) cytokine family, is proposed as a novel candidate(More)
Recently, we identified the mimotope UH-CIS6 as a novel candidate antibody target for clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and relapsing-remitting (RR) multiple sclerosis (MS). The purpose of this study was to further validate UH-CIS6 as an antibody target for CIS and MS and to identify the in vivo antibody target of UH-CIS6. First, a UH-CIS6 peptide ELISA(More)
In traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) patients, the assessment of the exact degree of lesion severity and neurological prognosis has proven to be extremely challenging. The current tools for predicting functional outcome in SCI patients such as clinical examination and magnetic resonance imaging are often inaccessible to unstable or polytraumatized(More)