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MS Anti viral antibodies in Cerebrospinal Fluid CSF

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  1. Ecoclimber

    Ecoclimber Senior Member

    Epub: Virtanen et al. Oligoclonal bands in multiple sclerosis reactive against two herpesviruses and association with magnetic resonance imaging findings. Mult Scler. 2013 May 30.

    Mult Scler. 2013 May 30. [Epub ahead of print]
    Oligoclonal bands in multiple sclerosis reactive against two herpesviruses and association with magnetic resonance imaging findings.
    Virtanen J, Wohler J, Fenton K, Reich D, Jacobson S.
    Source Neuroimmunology Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, USA

    BACKGROUND: Two human herpesviruses, human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), have been repeatedly linked to multiple sclerosis (MS).

    OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate HHV-6 and EBV reactive oligoclonal bands (OCBs), and viral DNA in the intrathecal compartment in MS.

    METHODS: The reactivity of OCBs in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for EBV and HHV-6 antigens and stability of virus reactive OCBs over time were studied in a well-characterized MS patient cohort. Associations between virus reactive OCBs and viral DNA in CSF (and any clinical and/or radiological findings) were investigated.

    RESULTS: Of patients with MS, 38% had OCBs reactive to either one of the viruses studied, compared to none in the patients with other inflammatory neurological diseases (p=0.005). The banding pattern of virus reactive OCBs remained the same over time. Furthermore, MS patients with viral DNA in CSF had more contrast enhancing lesions (CELs).

    CONCLUSION: The stable presence of herpesvirus reactive OCBs in CSF further strengthens the association of MS with these viruses. The finding that herpesviruses might be linked to the appearance of active lesions warrants investigation of new therapeutic strategies to treat these viruses in MS.


    In MSers there is more evidence that people with antibodies in the brain fluid react with viruses more than non-MSers. However, some oligoclonal bands do not react to EBV or HHV6 in 62% of time So is this evidence for a viral role for MS and go the Charcot Project or is it something else?

    Hopefully, this will increase both funding and interest among researchers from another sector willing to investigate the interaction of EBV and HHV-6 viruses to other chronic illnesses and diseases!!

    Bob, Valentijn, August59 and 2 others like this.
  2. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

    Very interesting Eco - everything pointing to MS from my Neurologist's array of tests and all the signs, but strangely he said oligoclonal bands and CFS were negative. Perhaps detection is much improved now - it was 12 years ago, and weak antismooth muscle antibodies found could be EBV.

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