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Anti-contactin-associated protein-2 encephalitis: relevance of antibody titres, presentation and outcome.

European journal of neurology (2016-10-28)
C G Bien, Z Mirzadjanova, C Baumgartner, M D Onugoren, T Grunwald, M Holtkamp, S Isenmann, P Kermer, N Melzer, M Naumann, M Riepe, W R Schäbitz, T J von Oertzen, F von Podewils, H Rauschka, T W May
ABSTRACT

To clarify the relevance of titres of IgG antibodies against contactin-associated protein-2 (CASPR2) in diagnosing anti-CASPR2 encephalitis and to describe features and outcomes. This was a retrospective analysis of 64 patients with CASPR2 antibodies, categorized independently as 'autoimmune encephalitis' or 'other disease'. Logistic regression methods were performed to identify potential predictors of 'autoimmune encephalitis' in addition to CASPR2 antibodies. An upfront CASPR2 antibody serum titre cut-off at ≥1:200 had a diagnostic sensitivity of 85% and a specificity of 81%. Logistic regression analyses indicated that, in addition to titre, encephalitic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was a significant predictor of 'autoimmune encephalitis' (Nagelkerke's R Only higher CASPR2 serum antibody titres indicate anti-CASPR2 encephalitis, and diagnostic accuracy increases if MRI findings are considered. Anti-CASPR2 encephalitis has characteristic features and a favourable outcome with immunotherapy.

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Anti-Human IgG4−Biotin antibody, Mouse monoclonal, clone HP-6025, purified from hybridoma cell culture