Publications by authors named "Kévin Bigaut"

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First line treatment failure: Predictive factors in a cohort of 863 Relapsing Remitting MS patients.

Mult Scler Relat Disord 2021 Feb 13;48:102686. Epub 2020 Dec 13.

CRC SEP, Montpellier University Hospital, INSERM, Univ Montpellier, Montpellier. Electronic address:

Background: The advent of new, potent, disease-modifying therapies has dramatically changed the management of multiple sclerosis (MS). Along with these possibilities, it is crucial to better recognize patients who are at risk of first line treatment (FLT) failure and switch to highly effective therapies (HET).

Objectives: To identify baseline prognostic factors associated with FLT failure in relapsing remitting MS (RR-MS) patients.

Methods: We included recently diagnosed RR-MS patients starting an FLT identified from 3 French MS centers databases. Baseline characteristics were included in a multivariable Cox analysis to identify the main factors associated with FLT failure.

Results: Eight hundred sixty-three patients were included. We observed an overall rate of treatment failure of 23.5%. The main baseline characteristics associated with treatment failure were age <26 years at treatment start (HR= 2.1, p<0.001), EDSS ≥2 (HR=2.1, p<0.001) and ≥2relapses in the previous year (HR=1.5, p=0.04). The association with the presence of gadolinium enhancement on MRI was not statistically significant. EDSS progression was only significantly associated with age at treatment start and treatment failure.

Conclusion: Our series demonstrates that some clinical and imaging factors are associated with treatment failure, and should be considered when planning treatment strategy in patients with recently diagnosed RR-MS.
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February 2021

BEST-MS: A prospective head-to-head comparative study of natalizumab and fingolimod in active relapsing MS.

Mult Scler 2020 Oct 30:1352458520969145. Epub 2020 Oct 30.

Service de Neurologie, CRCSEP, Unité de Recherche Clinique Cote d'Azur (UR2CA), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Pasteur 2, Nice, France.

Background: There are few head-to-head studies to compare highly active treatments in multiple sclerosis (MS).

Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness between natalizumab (NTZ) and fingolimod (FTY) in active relapsing-remitting MS.

Method: Best Escalation STrategy in Multiple Sclerosis (BEST-MS) is a multicentric, prospective study with a 12-month follow-up including patients with active MS. Treatment choice was at the discretion of physician. Clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data were collected at baseline and at 12 months. The primary outcome was the proportion of patients reaching no evidence of disease activity (NEDA) at 12 months. Secondary outcomes included annualized relapse rate and MRI activity.

Results: A total of 223 patients were included (NTZ: 109 and FTY: 114). Treatment groups were well balanced at baseline. Proportion of NEDA patients was 47.8% in NTZ group versus 30.4% in FTY group ( = 0.015). This superiority was driven by annualized relapse rate and MRI activity. In the multivariate analysis, treatment group was the only factor associated with NEDA at 12 months with a lower probability in FTY group (odds ratio (OR) = 0.49,  = 0.029).

Conclusion: BEST-MS is a prospective study that compared head-to-head the effectiveness of NTZ and FTY in active relapsing-remitting MS. Our results suggest a superiority of NTZ over FTY.
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October 2020

Long-term effect of natalizumab in patients with RRMS: TYSTEN cohort.

Mult Scler 2021 Apr 9;27(5):729-741. Epub 2020 Jul 9.

Department of Neurology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille, Lille, France/Department of Neuroradiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille, Lille, France.

Background: Data are needed on long-term effect of natalizumab (NTZ) in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).

Objectives: To evaluate the time of onset of secondary progressive phase in patients with an RRMS treated with NTZ and to investigate predictive factors.

Methods: TYSTEN is an observational study. Patients starting NTZ between 2007 and 2012 were included and followed up until October 2018. Relapses, Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) scores, and results of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were collected each year. Data were used to estimate the cumulative probability of several poor outcomes such as secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) conversion, EDSS worsening, EDSS 4.0, and EDSS 6.0.

Results: 770 patients were included. The mean follow-up duration was 97 months and the mean time exposure to NTZ was 66 months. At 10 years, the cumulative probability of SPMS was 27.7%. Predictive factors for poor outcomes were a ⩾1-point increase in EDSS score from baseline, new T2 lesion or T1 gadolinium-enhancing lesion, the occurrence of relapse at 1 or 2 years and No Evidence of Disease Activity (NEDA-3; no relapse, no new T2 or T1 gadolinium-enhancing lesions, no progression) was a protective factor.

Conclusion: In our cohort of patients treated with NTZ, poor outcomes were infrequent and are driven by disease activity.
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April 2021

Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes in Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Multiple Sclerosis.

JAMA Neurol 2020 09;77(9):1079-1088

Service de Neurologie, Clinical Investigation Center Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale 1434, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.

Importance: Risk factors associated with the severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are unknown. Disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) may modify the risk of developing a severe COVID-19 infection, beside identified risk factors such as age and comorbidities.

Objective: To describe the clinical characteristics and outcomes in patients with MS and COVID-19 and identify factors associated with COVID-19 severity.

Design, Setting, And Participants: The Covisep registry is a multicenter, retrospective, observational cohort study conducted in MS expert centers and general hospitals and with neurologists collaborating with MS expert centers and members of the Société Francophone de la Sclérose en Plaques. The study included patients with MS presenting with a confirmed or highly suspected diagnosis of COVID-19 between March 1, 2020, and May 21, 2020.

Exposures: COVID-19 diagnosed with a polymerase chain reaction test on a nasopharyngeal swab, thoracic computed tomography, or typical symptoms.

Main Outcomes And Measures: The main outcome was COVID-19 severity assessed on a 7-point ordinal scale (ranging from 1 [not hospitalized with no limitations on activities] to 7 [death]) with a cutoff at 3 (hospitalized and not requiring supplemental oxygen). We collected demographics, neurological history, Expanded Disability Severity Scale score (EDSS; ranging from 0 to 10, with cutoffs at 3 and 6), comorbidities, COVID-19 characteristics, and outcomes. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression models were used to estimate the association of collected variables with COVID-19 outcomes.

Results: A total of 347 patients (mean [SD] age, 44.6 [12.8] years, 249 women; mean [SD] disease duration, 13.5 [10.0] years) were analyzed. Seventy-three patients (21.0%) had a COVID-19 severity score of 3 or more, and 12 patients (3.5%) died of COVID-19. The median EDSS was 2.0 (range, 0-9.5), and 284 patients (81.8%) were receiving DMT. There was a higher proportion of patients with a COVID-19 severity score of 3 or more among patients with no DMT relative to patients receiving DMTs (46.0% vs 15.5%; P < .001). Multivariate logistic regression models determined that age (odds ratio per 10 years: 1.9 [95% CI, 1.4-2.5]), EDSS (OR for EDSS ≥6, 6.3 [95% CI. 2.8-14.4]), and obesity (OR, 3.0 [95% CI, 1.0-8.7]) were independent risk factors for a COVID-19 severity score of 3 or more (indicating hospitalization or higher severity). The EDSS was associated with the highest variability of COVID-19 severe outcome (R2, 0.2), followed by age (R2, 0.06) and obesity (R2, 0.01).

Conclusions And Relevance: In this registry-based cohort study of patients with MS, age, EDSS, and obesity were independent risk factors for severe COVID-19; there was no association found between DMTs exposure and COVID-19 severity. The identification of these risk factors should provide the rationale for an individual strategy regarding clinical management of patients with MS during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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September 2020

Guillain-Barré syndrome related to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm 2020 09 27;7(5). Epub 2020 May 27.

From the Service de Neurologie (K.B., P.V., L.K., J.-B.C., J.S.), Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg; Service de Neurologie (M.M.), Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Grenoble Alpes, La Tronche; Service de Neuroradiologie (S.B.), Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg; Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) (B.N., P.M.), Université de Grenoble Alpes, CEA, CNRS; Laboratoire de virologie (B.N., P.M.), Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Grenoble Alpes, La Tronche; Service d'Accueil des Urgences (F.B.), Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg; and Service de Réanimation Polyvalente Chirurgicale (A.G.), Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Grenoble Alpes, La Tronche, France.

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September 2020

Resting-state functional MRI demonstrates brain network reorganization in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD).

PLoS One 2019 29;14(1):e0211465. Epub 2019 Jan 29.

Department of radiology, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.

Background: The relation between brain functional connectivity of patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and the degree of disability remains unclear.

Objective: Compare brain functional connectivity of patients with NMOSD to healthy subjects in resting-state functional MRI (rs-fMRI).

Methods: We compared the rs-fMRI connectivity in 12 NMOSD patients with 20 healthy subjects matched for age and sex. Graph theory analysis was used to quantify the role of each node using a set of metrics: degree, global efficiency, clustering and modularity. To summarize the abnormal connectivity profile of brain regions in patients compared to healthy subjects, we defined a hub disruption index κ.

Results: Concerning the global organization of networks in NMOSD, a small-world topology was preserved without significant modification concerning all average metrics. However, visual networks and the sensorimotor network showed decreased connectivity with high interindividual variability. The hub disruption index κ was correlated to the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS).

Conclusion: These results demonstrate a correlation between disability according to the EDSS and neuronal reorganization using the rs-fMRI graph methodology. The conservation of a normal global topological structure despite local modifications in functional connectivity seems to show brain plasticity in response to the disability.
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November 2019

Ocrelizumab for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

Expert Rev Neurother 2019 02 28;19(2):97-108. Epub 2018 Dec 28.

a Département de Neurologie , Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Strasbourg, Avenue Moliére , 67200 Strasbourg , France.

Introduction: In the past decade, the role of B cells in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is coming to the forefront. Depletion of B cells by anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) has proved to decrease the activity of the relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and the progression of primary progressive MS (PPMS). Areas covered: In this review, the authors discuss the rationale of the depletion of B cells in RRMS and PPMS across recent studies on the role of B cells in the pathogenesis of MS; previous clinical trials with treatments targeting B cells; the mechanism of action of ocrelizumab - a second generation anti-CD20 mAb - and recent phase III clinical trials with ocrelizumab in RRMS and PPMS. Expert commentary: Ocrelizumab is the first anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody approved for RRMS and the first treatment approved for PPMS. The long-term effect and safety profile need to be evaluated in extension of clinical trials and in real-world studies.
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February 2019

An autophagy-targeting peptide to treat chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathies.

J Autoimmun 2018 08 5;92:114-125. Epub 2018 Jun 5.

Fédération de Médecine Translationnelle de Strasbourg (FMTS), France; CNRS UMR7242 Biotechnology and Cell Signaling, University of Strasbourg, France /Laboratory of Excellence Medalis, France; University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS), Strasbourg, France. Electronic address:

Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) is an autoimmune disease of the peripheral nerves evolving with diffuse sensory and motor symptoms. Although it is claimed that in neurodegenerative pathologies, a common feature is the failure of proteolytic systems to adequately eliminate aggregated or misfolded proteins, it has not been addressed whether autophagy, a central "clearance" system delivering damaged intracellular components to lysosomes, is affected in CIDP. The focus of the present investigation was therefore to determine if some defects exist in autophagy processes in this setting and if they can be corrected or minimized using an appropriate treatment targeting this survival pathway. Experiments were performed using a rat model mimicking human CIDP, also known as chronic experimental autoimmune neuritis (c-EAN), the disease establishment and development of which was followed at both the clinical and biological levels (indices of disease severity, histopathological alteration, cytokines and antibodies rates). Based on immunofluorescence and western immunoblotting experiments on sciatic nerves and spleen cells from c-EAN rats, we demonstrate that both, macroautophagy and chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA), are significantly altered in non-neuronal cells of the peripheral nervous system. We show further that a 21-mer synthetic phosphopeptide called P140, known to target CMA and successfully used in pathological settings where CMA markers are overexpressed, considerably ameliorates the clinical and biological course of the disease in c-EAN rats. P140 displayed prophylactic and therapeutic effects, both in terms of disease intensity and chronicity, and preserved sciatic nerves from disease-related damages. Our findings uncover new disrupted molecular pathways in a c-EAN model and provide a proof-of-concept that targeting CMA might represent a promising therapeutic strategy for treating inflammatory neuropathies for which no disease-specific treatment is currently available.
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August 2018