Natalizumab-related anaphylactoid reactions in MS patients are associated with HLA class II alleles

Belén De La Hera, Elena Urcelay, David Brassat, Andrew Chan, Angela Vidal-Jordana, Anke Salmen, Luisa Maria Villar, José Carlos Álvarez-Cermeño, Guillermo Izquierdo, Oscar Fernández, Begoña Oliver, Albert Saiz, Jose Ramón Ara, Ana G. Vigo, Rafael Arroyo, Virginia Meca, Sunny Malhotra, Nicolás Fissolo, Alejandro Horga, Xavier MontalbanManuel Comabella

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© 2014 American Academy of Neurology. Objectives: We aimed to investigate potential associations between human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I and class II alleles and the development of anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) treated with natalizumab. Methods: HLA class I and II genotyping was performed in patients with MS who experienced anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions and in patients who did not develop infusion-related allergic reactions following natalizumab administration. Results: A total of 119 patients with MS from 3 different cohorts were included in the study: 54 with natalizumab-related anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions and 65 without allergic reactions. HLA-DRB1∗13 and HLA-DRB1∗14 alleles were significantly increased in patients who developed anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions (pM-H = 3 × 10-7; odds ratio [OR]M-H = 8.96, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 3.40-23.64), with a positive predictive value (PPV) of 82%. In contrast, the HLA-DRB1∗15 allele was significantly more represented in patients who did not develop anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions to natalizumab (pM-H = 6 × 10-4; ORM-H = 0.2, 95% CI = 0.08-0.50), with a PPV of 81%. Conclusions: HLA-DRB1 genotyping before natalizumab treatment may help neurologists to identify patients with MS at risk for developing serious systemic hypersensitivity reactions associated with natalizumab administration.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere47
JournalNeurology: Neuroimmunology and NeuroInflammation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


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