GABA B receptor antibodies


Suspicion of paraneoplastic syndromes particularly in autoimmune encephalitis.


Indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) using transfected cells.


The result is reported as positive or negative. A positive result is followed by a titer (serum).


Antibodies against GABA B receptors may occur in classical autoimmune encephalitis. There are relatively few cases published, of which 50% have been women, age when diagnosed between 24-75 years (median 62 years). The antibodies have been associated with small cell lung cancer in 50-60% of the cases. Antibodies may occur together with other autoantibodies in around 50% of the cases (antibodies against GAD-65, VGCC, and TPO).

GABA B receptors belong to the group of extracellular antigens. Generally, immunotherapy is more often effective in autoantibodies directed against extracellular antigens than in autoantibodies against intracellular antigens. Antibody titers can be used to monitor treatment effectiveness. Screening for cancer diagnosis is recommended.

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Lancaster, Lai, Peng, et al. Antibodies to the GABA(B) receptor in limbic encephalitis with seizures: case series and characterisation of the antigen. Lancet Neurol 2010;9:67-76. PMID 19962348.

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