Dysregulated Epstein-Barr virus infection in patients with CIDP

J. D. Lünemann, B. Tackenberg, A. Stein, K. P. Wandinger, W. H. Oertel, H. J. Wagner, C. Münz, H. Meisel, N. Sommer, F. Zipp

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Ubiquitous viruses have frequently been proposed as a cause or trigger of chronic immune-mediated diseases. Infections are reported to be temporally associated with clinical exacerbations in patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). We examined immunological parameters of herpesvirus infections in untreated patients with CIDP compared to demographically matched controls. Patients with CIDP were uniformly seropositive for EBV-specific IgG and the disease was associated with a moderately enhanced IgG reactivity to EBV-encoded antigens expressed during both B cell transformation and productive viral replication. Moreover, cellular EBV copy numbers were 3-fold increased in patients with CIDP. In contrast, humoral immune responses to other herpesviruses (HCMV, HSV) as well as virus-specific IgM responses were unchanged in CIDP. These data indicate that host-pathogen interactions during chronic EBV infection are dysregulated in treatment-naïve patients with CIDP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-111
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neuroimmunology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 25 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Autoimmunity
  • CIDP
  • EBV
  • Herpesvirus
  • Infection

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