DPPX (dipeptidyl aminopeptidase-like protein 6) antibodies


Suspicion of 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).


Analysis for anti-neuronal antibodies against DPPX (dipeptidyl aminopeptidase-like protein 6) in patient serum or CSF are of particular importance in differential diagnosis of encephalitis. DPPX, which is mainly produced in brain tissue, interacts with the KV4 potassium channel. DPPX is an important regulator of membrane viability in hippocampus CA1 pyramid cells. Antibodies against DPPX can lead to autoimmune encephalitis.

DPPX belongs to the group of extracellular antigens. Generally, immunotherapy is more often effective in autoantibodies directed against extracellular antigens than in autoantibodies against intracellular antigens..

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