IGHV4-39 deletion polymorphism does not associate with risk or outcome of multiple sclerosis.
The restricted use of immunoglobulin heavy chain variable (IGHV) family 4 gene segments by clonally expanded B cells in brain lesions and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients is well documented. Specifically, the overrepresentation of gene IGHV4-39 has been highlighted in multiple studies. To investigate the role of IGHV4-39 in MS, we screened 193 MS cases, representing the extremes of clinical outcome (benign and malignant), and 187 controls for a previously reported...Expand abstract
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