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vol. 42
Clinical immunology

Analysis of the autoimmune response against BP180 and BP230 in ethnic Poles with neurodegenerative disorders and bullous pemphigoid

Justyna Gornowicz-Porowska
Agnieszka Seraszek-Jaros
Monika Bowszyc-Dmochowska
Elżbieta Kaczmarek
Paweł Pietkiewicz
Paweł Bartkiewicz
Marian Dmochowski

(Cent Eur J Immunol 2017; 42 (1): 85-90)
Online publish date: 2017/05/08
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Recent studies postulated the association between bullous pemphigoid (BP) and neurodegenerative disorders (ND). The autoantibodies to BP180 and/or BP230 may be present not only in BP, but also in ND as neuronal isoforms of these proteins are identified in the central nervous system. However, there are only scant data about the precise pathogenetic mechanisms interlinking ND and BP as well as the immunologic profile in these patients. The aim is to analyze the serological immunopathological profiles (anti-BP180 IgG, anti-BP230 IgG) in BP patients with and without ND in order to identify the specific autoantibody(ies) and corresponding antigens responsible for ND development in BP patients.

Altogether, 82 ethnic Poles with BP and their medical records were examined (62 BP-ND; 20 BP+ND). Levels of serum anti-BP180/BP230 IgG in BP patients were evaluated with ELISAs. The statistical analyses involved Pearson chi-squared test, Mann-Whitney U-test and ranking of autoantibodies.

The prevalence of ND among BP patients was 24.4%. There were no statistically significant differences in autoantigens profiles (anti-BP180/anti-BP230 IgG) between BP+ND and BP-ND groups. There was no relationship between ND development and anti-BP180/anti-BP230 IgG level (p = 0.5933, p = 0.4701, respectively).

The autoantibodies levels of BP+ND and BP-ND patients show insignificant differences suggesting that also in ethnic Poles a hypothetical pathogenetic association of BP and ND, but not only an aging-related epidemiological one, appears to be independent of a particular BP antigen. Nevertheless, it cannot be excluded that phenomena of epitopes spreading, immune cross-reaction and conformational changes in BP180/BP230 may underlie BP development in ND patients.


autoantibodies, neurodegenerative diseases, bullous pemphigoid

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