Publications by authors named "Kathrin Bönte"

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NMDAR encephalitis: passive transfer from man to mouse by a recombinant antibody.

Ann Clin Transl Neurol 2017 11 3;4(11):768-783. Epub 2017 Oct 3.

Department of Neurology Medical Faculty Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Germany.

Objective: Autoimmune encephalitis is most frequently associated with anti-NMDAR autoantibodies. Their pathogenic relevance has been suggested by passive transfer of patients' cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in mice in vivo. We aimed to analyze the intrathecal plasma cell repertoire, identify autoantibody-producing clones, and characterize their antibody signatures in recombinant form.

Methods: Patients with recent onset typical anti-NMDAR encephalitis were subjected to flow cytometry analysis of the peripheral and intrathecal immune response before, during, and after immunotherapy. Recombinant human monoclonal antibodies (rhuMab) were cloned and expressed from matching immunoglobulin heavy- (IgH) and light-chain (IgL) amplicons of clonally expanded intrathecal plasma cells (cePc) and tested for their pathogenic relevance.

Results: Intrathecal accumulation of B and plasma cells corresponded to the clinical course. The presence of cePc with hypermutated antigen receptors indicated an antigen-driven intrathecal immune response. Consistently, a single recombinant human GluN1-specific monoclonal antibody, rebuilt from intrathecal cePc, was sufficient to reproduce NMDAR epitope specificity in vitro. After intraventricular infusion in mice, it accumulated in the hippocampus, decreased synaptic NMDAR density, and caused severe reversible memory impairment, a key pathogenic feature of the human disease, in vivo.

Interpretation: A CNS-specific humoral immune response is present in anti-NMDAR encephalitis specifically targeting the GluN1 subunit of the NMDAR. Using reverse genetics, we recovered the typical intrathecal antibody signature in recombinant form, and proved its pathogenic relevance by passive transfer of disease symptoms from man to mouse, providing the critical link between intrathecal immune response and the pathogenesis of anti-NMDAR encephalitis as a humorally mediated autoimmune disease.
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November 2017

Treating refractory post-herpetic anti--methyl-d-aspartate receptor encephalitis with rituximab.

Oxf Med Case Reports 2017 Jul 3;2017(7):omx034. Epub 2017 Jul 3.

Department of Neurology, University of Münster, Münster, Germany.

Herpes simplex virus-1 has been identified as the trigger factor in certain cases of NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis. We report on a 67-year-old female patient, who was severely affected by post-herpetic NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis. Her symptoms did not improve under methylprednisolone pulse therapy and plasma exchange under acyclovir prophylaxis. She received protein A immunoadsorption and a long-term immunosuppression with rituximab. Under treatment, activated T-cells as well as B- and plasma cells decreased in peripheral blood and cerebrospinal fluid, and anti-NMDA-R IgG titers in serum and cerebrospinal fluid declined with near complete cessation of intrathecal autoantibody synthesis. The patient regained near complete independence and profoundly improved on formal neuropsychological assessment. Despite reduction of antiviral defense through of lowered activated T cells and concomitantly decreasing HSV-specific IgG antibodies, no evidence of viral reactivation was detected.
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July 2017

Neurochondrin is a neuronal target antigen in autoimmune cerebellar degeneration.

Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm 2017 Jan 5;4(1):e307. Epub 2016 Dec 5.

Institute of Experimental Immunology (R.M., M. Scharf, I.M.D., S.M., Y.D., B.T., C.P., S.B., W.S., L.K.), Euroimmun AG, Lübeck; Department of Neurology (C.C.G., K.S.G., M.H., U.B., A.S.-M., K.B., C.S., H.L., M.D., T.W., H.W., S.G.M., N.M.), University of Münster; Centre for Neurology and Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research (L.S., M. Synofzik), Tübingen; German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) (L.S., M. Synofzik), Tübingen; and Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Department of Neurology (K.-P.W.), University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck, Germany.

Objective: To report on a novel neuronal target antigen in 3 patients with autoimmune cerebellar degeneration.

Methods: Three patients with subacute to chronic cerebellar ataxia and controls underwent detailed clinical and neuropsychological assessment together with quantitative high-resolution structural MRI. Sera and CSF were subjected to comprehensive autoantibody screening by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) and immunoblot. Immunoprecipitation with lysates of hippocampus and cerebellum combined with mass spectrometric analysis was used to identify the autoantigen, which was verified by recombinant expression in HEK293 cells and use in several immunoassays. Multiparameter flow cytometry was performed on peripheral blood and CSF, and peripheral blood was subjected to T-cell receptor spectratyping.

Results: Patients presented with a subacute to chronic cerebellar and brainstem syndrome. MRI was consistent with cortical and cerebellar gray matter atrophy associated with subsequent neuroaxonal degeneration. IFA screening revealed strong immunoglobulin G1 reactivity in sera and CSF with hippocampal and cerebellar molecular and granular layers, but not with a panel of 30 recombinantly expressed established neural autoantigens. Neurochondrin was subsequently identified as the target antigen, verified by IFA and immunoblot with HEK293 cells expressing human neurochondrin as well as the ability of recombinant neurochondrin to neutralize the autoantibodies' tissue reaction. Immune phenotyping revealed intrathecal accumulation and activation of B and T cells during the acute but not chronic phase of the disease. T-cell receptor spectratyping suggested an antigen-specific T-cell response accompanying the formation of antineurochondrin autoantibodies. No such neurochondrin reactivity was found in control cohorts of various neural autoantibody-associated neurologic syndromes, relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, cerebellar type of multiple system atrophy, hereditary cerebellar ataxias, other neurologic disorders, or healthy donors.

Conclusion: Neurochondrin is a neuronal target antigen in autoimmune cerebellar degeneration.
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January 2017

Evidence of a pathogenic role for CD8(+) T cells in anti-GABAB receptor limbic encephalitis.

Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm 2016 Jun 29;3(3):e232. Epub 2016 Apr 29.

Departments of Neurology (K.S.G., K.B., C.M., M.H., H.W., S.G.M., H.L., C.C.G., N.M.) and Clinical Radiology (W.S.), and Institute of Physiology I-Neuropathophysiology (S.G.M.), University of Münster; Departments of Epileptology (G.W., C.E.E.) and Neuropathology (K.M.v.L., A.J.B.), University of Bonn; Epilepsy Center Hamburg (M.L.), Evangelisches Krankenhaus Alsterdorf, Hamburg; and Department of Neuropathology (M.G.), University of Hamburg, Germany.

Objectives: To characterize the cellular autoimmune response in patients with γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)B receptor antibody-associated limbic encephalitis (GABAB-R LE).

Methods: Patients underwent MRI, extensive neuropsychological assessment, and multiparameter flow cytometry of peripheral blood and CSF.

Results: We identified a series of 3 cases of nonparaneoplastic GABAB-R LE and one case of paraneoplastic GABAB-R LE associated with small cell lung cancer. All patients exhibited temporal lobe epilepsy, neuropsychological deficits, and MRI findings typical of LE. Absolute numbers of CD19(+) B cells, CD138(+) CD19(+) plasma cells, CD4(+) T cells, activated HLADR(+) CD4(+) T cells, as well as CD8(+) T cells and HLADR(+) CD8(+) T cells did not differ in peripheral blood but were elevated in CSF of patients with GABAB-R LE compared to controls. Augmented absolute numbers of CD138(+) CD19(+) plasma cells and activated HLADR(+) CD8(+) T cells in CSF corresponded to higher overall neuropsychological and memory deficits in patients with GABAB-R LE. A histologic specimen of one patient following selective amygdalohippocampectomy revealed perivascular infiltrates of CD138(+) plasma cells and CD4(+) T cells, whereas cytotoxic CD8(+) T cells were detected within the brain parenchyma in close contact to neurons.

Conclusion: Our data suggest a pathogenic role for CD8(+) T cells in addition to the established role of plasma cell-derived autoantibodies in GABAB-R LE.
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June 2016