Selected IgG rapidly induces Lambert–Eaton myasthenic syndrome in mice: Complement independence and EMG abnormalities

Edward H. Lambert, Vanda A. Lennon

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Antibodies in individual patients with the Lambert–Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LES) differ in their reactivity with mouse motor nerve terminals. Of 26 LES patients' sera injected a single time into mice, 3 caused a highly significant reduction in stimulus‐dependent quantal release (m) of acetylcholine (ACh) (to 6, 33, and 42 quanta per impulse at 1 Hz, respectively; mean for 10 control sera, 100 quanta at 1 Hz). The most potent serum (LES‐A) was fully effective in mice deficient in complement component C5 and in mice depleted of complement components C3→C9 by cobra venom factor. A single i.v. injection of serum reduced m in direct proportion to log dose. Responses to K+ depolarization and increasing concentrations of Ca2+ were like those observed in human LES. With LES‐A serum, or its IgG, m was reduced near maximally in 1 day and plateaued in 3–4 days. Recovery began after day 8; m was in the normal range by day 20–30. Electromyographic (EMG) abnormalities were not seen until m fell below 40 quanta per impulse at 1 Hz. Below 10 quanta, clinical signs of weakness appeared, and the EMG abnormalities were those classically associated with LES: a marked reduction of compound muscle action potential to a single nerve stimulus in rested muscle, a further decrement during stimulation at slow rates, but marked facilitation during rapid repetitive stimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1133-1145
Number of pages13
JournalMuscle & Nerve
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)


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