Vito Lampasona

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We report the presence of serum autoantibodies directed against glutamic acid decarboxylase in a patient with epilepsy and palatal myoclonus not associated with brain lesions. Glutamic acid decarboxylase antibody reactivity was dependent on the presence of carboxy-terminal amino acids, similar to that reported in patients with stiff-man syndrome. Marked(More)
The authors used a liquid-phase radiobinding assay to measure serum anti-myelin oligodendrocyte protein (MOG) immunoglobulin (Ig) G in 87 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), in 12 patients with encephalomyelitis, and in 47 healthy subjects. Anti-MOG IgM was determined in samples obtained at onset from 40 of 87 patients with MS and in control subjects.(More)
OBJECTIVEdAutoantibodies to IA-2b (IA-2bA) are important risk markers of type 1 diabetes. We report the first Diabetes Antibody Standardization Program (DASP) evaluation of IA-2bA assays. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODSdThirteen laboratories from nine countries received coded sera from 50 patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes and 100 healthy blood(More)
IA-2 (islet cell Ag 512) and IA-2 beta (phogrin/IAR) are related autoantigens associated with type 1 diabetes. To determine the critical regions for autoantibody binding and which of these autoantigens is the primary target, mutant and chimeric constructs were used to characterize Ab epitope binding in sera from 217 new onset patients with type 1 diabetes(More)
OBJECTIVE Zinc transporter 8 (ZnT8) is an islet beta-cell secretory granule membrane protein recently identified as an autoantibody antigen in type 1 diabetes. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and role of antibodies to ZnT8 (ZnT8As) in adult-onset diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS ZnT8As were measured by a radioimmunoprecipitation(More)
Autoimmunity precedes clinical type 1 diabetes, and indicators of maturing autoimmune responses may be useful markers for disease prediction. To study this, epitope maturation of autoantibodies to the related protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP)-like autoantigens IA-2 and IA-2beta was examined in sequential samples from birth in a cohort of 21 offspring(More)
Long-term clinical outcome of islet transplantation is hampered by the rejection and recurrence of autoimmunity. Accurate monitoring may allow for early detection and treatment of these potentially compromising immune events. Islet transplant outcome was analyzed in 59 consecutive pancreatic islet recipients in whom baseline and de novo posttransplant(More)
OBJECTIVE Heterozygous, gain-of-function mutations of the insulin gene can cause permanent diabetes with onset ranging from the neonatal period through adulthood. The aim of our study was to screen for the insulin gene in patients who had been clinically classified as type 1 diabetic but who tested negative for type 1 diabetes autoantibodies. RESEARCH(More)
BACKGROUND Zinc transporter 8 (ZnT8) is a recently identified major autoantigen in type 1 diabetes, and autoantibodies to ZnT8 (ZnT8A) are new markers for disease prediction and diagnosis. Here we report the results of the first international proficiency evaluation of ZnT8A assays by the Diabetes Antibody Standardization Program (DASP). METHODS After a(More)