Heterogeneity of aquaporin-4 autoimmunity and spinal cord lesions in multiple sclerosis in Japanese.

@article{Matsuoka2007HeterogeneityOA,
  title={Heterogeneity of aquaporin-4 autoimmunity and spinal cord lesions in multiple sclerosis in Japanese.},
  author={Takeshi Matsuoka and Takuya Matsushita and Yuji Kawano and Manabu Osoegawa and Hirofumi Ochi and Takaaki Ishizu and Motozumi Minohara and Hitoshi Kikuchi and Futoshi Mihara and Yasumasa Ohyagi and Jun-ichi Kira},
  journal={Brain : a journal of neurology},
  year={2007},
  volume={130 Pt 5},
  pages={
          1206-23
        }
}
Opticospinal multiple sclerosis (OSMS) in Asians has similar features to the relapsing-remitting form of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) seen in Westerners. OSMS is suggested to be NMO based on the frequent detection of specific IgG targeting aquaporin-4 (AQP4), designated NMO-IgG. The present study sought to clarify the significance of anti-AQP4 autoimmunity in the whole spectrum of MS. Sera from 113 consecutive Japanese patients with clinically definite MS, based on the Poser criteria, were… CONTINUE READING

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