IgG allotypes and subclasses in Norwegian patients with multiple sclerosis

G. Raknes, J. A. Fernandes Filho, J. P. Pandey, K. M. Myhr, E. Ulvestad, H. Nyland, C. A. Vedeler

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a multifactorial disease in which genetic and environmental factors apparently have a major influence on the susceptibility and course of the disease. In the present study we have investigated the genetic basis and subclass levels of IgG in MS. Hundred and thirty-six Norwegian patients with MS and 92 controls were genotyped for IgG allotypes of the GM and KM systems. IgG and IgG subclasses were quantified in sera from 115 MS patients and 20 controls. Neither GM nor KM allo-, haplo- or genotypes were significantly correlated with susceptibility, severity or course of the disease. The G1M (3) (3), G2M (23) (23) and G3M (5) (5) allotypes were significantly correlated with high serum levels of IgG3, whereas high IgG2 levels were correlated with G1M (3) (3) and G2M (23) (23) in both patients and controls. Serum levels of IgG subclasses were not significantly correlated with course or severity of the disease. The results indicate no major role for IgG allotypes or IgG subclass levels in the pathogenesis of MS. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-115
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the neurological sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 15 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • GM allotypes
  • IgG subclasses
  • KM allotypes
  • Multiple sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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