Incidence of serum anti-P/O-type and anti-N-type calcium channel autoantibodies in the Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome.
The Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) is an autoimmune disease in which autoantibodies are directed against voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) at presynaptic nerve terminals. We first demonstrated the presence of P/Q-type and N-type VGCCs in digitonin extracts prepared from human and rabbit cerebellum using the specific ligands 125I-omega-conotoxin MVIIC (125I-omega-CmTx) and 125I-omega-conotoxin GVIA (125I-omega-CgTx), respectively. We then tested sera from 72 LEMS patients' 25 wi...Expand abstract
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