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Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology:
doi: 10.1097/NEN.0000000000000063
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IgG and Complement Deposition and Neuronal Loss in Cats and Humans With Epilepsy and Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel Complex Antibodies

Klang, Andrea DVM; Schmidt, Peter DVM; Kneissl, Sibylle DVM; Bagó, Zoltán DVM; Vincent, Angela MD; Lang, Bethan PhD; Moloney, Teresa PhD; Bien, Christian G. MD; Halász, Péter PhD; Bauer, Jan PhD; Pákozdy, Ákos DVM, DECVN

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Abstract: Voltage-gated potassium channel complex (VGKC-complex) antibody (Ab) encephalitis is a well-recognized form of limbic encephalitis in humans, usually occurring in the absence of an underlying tumor. The patients have a subacute onset of seizures, magnetic resonance imaging findings suggestive of hippocampal inflammation, and high serum titers of Abs against proteins of the VGKC-complex, particularly leucine-rich, glioma-inactivated 1 (LGI1). Most patients are diagnosed promptly and recover substantially with immunotherapies; consequently, neuropathological data are limited. We have recently shown that feline complex partial cluster seizures with orofacial involvement (FEPSO) in cats can also be associated with Abs against VGKC-complexes/LGI1. Here we examined the brains of cats with FEPSO and compared the neuropathological findings with those in a human with VGKC-complex-Ab limbic encephalitis. Similar to humans, cats with VGKC-complex-Ab and FEPSO have hippocampal lesions with only moderate T-cell infiltrates but with marked IgG infiltration and complement C9neo deposition on hippocampal neurons, associated with neuronal loss. These findings provide further evidence that FEPSO is a feline form of VGKC-complex-Ab limbic encephalitis and provide a model for increasing understanding of the human disease.

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