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Test ID: MAC1    
Autoimmune Myelopathy Evaluation, Spinal Fluid

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay:

Before testing, patient's specimen is preabsorbed with liver powder to remove nonorgan-specific autoantibodies. After applying to a composite substrate of frozen mouse tissues (brain, kidney, and gut) and washing, fluorescein-conjugated goat-antihuman IgG is applied to detect the distribution and pattern of patient IgG binding.(Pittock SJ, Kryzer TJ, Lennon VA: Paraneoplastic antibodies coexist and predict cancer, not neurological syndrome. Ann Neurol 2004;56:715-719; ; Honorat JA, Komorowski L, Josephs KA, et al: IgLON5 antibody: neurological accompaniments and outcomes in 20 patients. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm 2017 Jul 18;4(5):e385. doi: 10.1212/NXI.0000000000000385)

 

Radioimmunoassay:

Duplicate aliquots of patient specimen are incubated with I(125)-labeled antigen. Immune complexes, formed by adding secondary (goat)-antihuman immunoglobulin, are pelleted by centrifugation and washed. Gamma emission from the washed pellet is counted, and mean counts per minute (cpm) are compared with results yielded by high-positive and -negative control sera. Specimen yielding cpm higher than the background cpm yielded by normal human specimen are retested to confirm positivity and titrated as necessary to obtain a value in the linear range of the assay. The antigen binding capacity (nmol per liter) is calculated from the cpm precipitated at a dilution yielding a linear range value (Griesmann GE, Kryzer TJ, Lennon VA: Autoantibody profiles of myasthenia gravis and Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome. In Manual of Clinical and Laboratory Immunology. Sixth edition. Edited by NR Rose, RG Hamilton, et al. ASM Press, 2002, pp 1005-1012; Walikonis JE, Lennon VA: Radioimmunoassay for glutamic acid decarboxylase [GAD65] autoantibodies as a diagnostic aid for stiff-man syndrome and a correlate of susceptibility to type 1 diabetes mellitus. Mayo Clin Proc 1998;73[12]:1161-1166; Jones AL, Flanagan EP, Pittock SJ, et al: Responses to and Outcomes of Treatment of Autoimmune Cerebellar Ataxia in Adults. JAMA Neurol 2015 Nov;72[11]:1304-1312 doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.2378)

 

Western Blot:

Neuronal antigens extracted aqueously from adult rat cerebellum, full-length recombinant human collapsin response-mediator protein-5 (CRMP-5), or full-length recombinant human amphiphysin protein is denatured, reduced, and separated by electrophoresis on 10% polyacrylamide gel. IgG is detected autoradiographically by enhanced chemiluminescence.(Yu Z, Kryzer TJ, Griesmann GE, et al: CRMP-5 neuronal autoantibody: marker of lung cancer and thymoma-related autoimmunity. Ann Neurol 2001;49[2]:145-154; Dubey D, Jitprapaikulsan J, Bi H, et al: Amphiphysin-IgG autoimmune neuropathy: A recognizable clinicopathologic syndrome. Neurology 2019 Oct 17 pii: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000008472. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000008472)

 

Immunoblot:

All steps are performed at room temperature (18-28 degrees C) utilizing the EUROBlot One instrument. Diluted patient specimens (1:12.5) is added to test strips (strips containing recombinant antigen manufactured and purified using biochemical methods) in individual channels and incubated for 30 minutes. Positive specimens will bind to the purified recombinant antigen and negative specimens will not bind. Strips are washed to remove unbound antibodies and then incubated with anti-human IgG antibodies (alkaline phosphatase-labelled) for 30 minutes. The strips are again washed to remove unbound anti-human IgG antibodies and nitroblue tetrazolium chloride/5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indolylphosphate (NBT/BCIP) substrate is added. Alkaline phosphatase enzyme converts the soluble substrate into a colored insoluble product on the membrane to produces a black band. Strips are digitized via picture capture on the EUROBlot One instrument and evaluated with the EUROLineScan software.(O'Connor K, Waters P, Komorowski L, et al: GABAA receptor autoimmunity: A multicenter experience. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm 2019 Apr 4;6[3]:e552 doi: 10.1212/NXI.0000000000000552)

 

NMO-IgG Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting Assay/Flow Cytometry:

Human embryonic kidney cells (HEK 293) are transfected transiently with a plasmid (pIRES2-Aequorea coerulescens green fluorescent protein [AcGFP]) encoding both green fluorescent protein (AcGFP) and AQP4-M1. After 36 hours, a mixed population of cells (transfected expressing AQP4 on the surface and AcGFP in the cytoplasm and nontransfected lacking AQP4 and AcGFP) are lifted and resuspended in live cell binding buffer. Patient specimen is then added to cells at a 1 in 5 screening dilution. After incubation and washing, the cells are resuspended in secondary antibody (AlexaFluor 647-conjugated goat-antihuman IgG; 1:2000 in LCBB), held on ice, washed, fixed with 4% paraformaldehyde, and analyzed by flow cytometry (BD FACSCanto; Becton, Dickinson and Co). Two populations are gated on the basis of AcGFP expression: positive (high AQP4 expression) and negative (low or no AQP4 expression). The median Alexafluor 647 fluorescence intensity (MFI) for the AcGFP-positive population indicates relative abundance of human IgG potentially bound to AQP4 surface epitopes; MFI for the GFP-negative population indicated nonspecifically-bound IgG. The IgG binding index is calculated as the ratio of the average MFI for duplicate aliquots of each cell population (MFI GFP positive/MFI GFP negative). We established conservative cutoff IgG binding index values of 2.00 for M1-FACS.(Fryer JP, Lennon VP, Pittock SJ, et al: AQP4 autoantibody assay performance in clinical laboratory service. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm 2014 May 22; 1[1]:e11. doi: 10.1212/NXI.0000000000000011)

 

If the fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) assay is positive at screening dilution, FACS titer assay is performed at an additional charge. The patient specimen is titrated to endpoint. The dilution where the IgG binding index is greater than or equal to 2, is considered the endpoint dilution. If a patient is positive at a 1:5 dilution, but negative at 1:10 dilution, the endpoint will be reported as 5.

PDF Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information

No

Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.

AGN1C, AMPHC, AMPIC, ANN1C, ANN2C, ANN3C, CRMC, DPPIC, DPPTC, GABIC, GFAIC, GFATC, GL1IC, GL1TC, NIFIC, NIFTC, NMDIC, PCA1C, PCA2C, PCTRC:

Monday through Friday; 5 a.m., 7 a.m., 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday; 6 a.m.

 

CRMWC:

Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m.

 

AGNBC, AMIBC, AN1BC, AN2BC, PC1BC, PCTBC:

Monday through Friday; 6 p.m.

 

GD65C:

Monday through Friday; 5 a.m., 2 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday; 7 a.m.

 

NMOFC, NMOTC:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 6 p.m.

 

GFACC:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 6 p.m.

 

AMPCC, DPPCC, GABCC, NMDCC:

Monday through Friday, Sunday; 10 p.m.

 

AINCC, NFHCC, NFLCC:

Tuesday, Thursday; 6 p.m.

 

GL1CC:

Monday, Thursday; 6 p.m.

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

8 days

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Clinic Laboratories until the release of the test result

11 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

28 days

Performing Laboratory Location Indicates the location of the laboratory that performs the test

Rochester