Lipids and lipid-reactive antibodies as biomarkers for multiple sclerosis

Journal of Neuroimmunology, 05/15/2012

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that targets the central nervous system (CNS). MS initially follows a relapsing–remitting course (RRMS) in which acute attacks are followed by a complete recovery. Eventually, 65% of the RRMS patients go on to develop secondary progressive MS (SPMS), characterized by the progressive and irreversible accumulation of neurological disability. It has been proposed that the transition from RRMS to SPMS results from changes in the nature of the inflammatory response and the progressive accumulation of neurodegeneration.

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