The pathogenic mechanisms underlying Batten disease are unclear. Patients uniformly possess autoantibodies against glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) that are predominantly reactive with a region of GAD (amino acids 1 to 20) distinct from subjects with autoimmune type 1 diabetes or stiff-person syndrome. Batten patients did not possess autoantibodies against other type 1 diabetes-associated autoantigens and human leukocyte antigen genotypes revealed no specific associations with this disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Feb 22 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology