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P0155 - Serum neurofilament light chain levels correlate with attack-related disability in neuromyelitis optica spectum disorder (ID 1291)
Pathogenic autoantibodies against aquaporin 4 (AQP4) in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) cause central nervous system injury, with subsequent release of astroglial and neuronal proteins such as glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), neurofilament light chain (NfL), ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1) and Tau into the circulation. N-MOmentum is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-masked trial of inebilizumab, a B-cell-depleting monoclonal antibody (NCT02200770).
Investigate relationships of NfL, UCH-L1, Tau and serum (s)GFAP to disease activity and Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) disability in N-MOmentum trial participants with either AQP4-immunoglobulin G (IgG) seropositive or seronegative NMOSD.
Serum biomarkers NfL, UCH-L1, Tau and sGFAP were measured using the single molecular array (SIMOA; Quanterix) in 1260 serial and attack-related samples from N-MOmentum participants (n=215) and healthy controls (HC; n=25).
At baseline, biomarkers were elevated in subsets of patients with NMOSD (NfL, 16%; UCH-L1, 6%; Tau, 12%; sGFAP, 29%); NfL and UCH-L1 levels correlated with sGFAP (r=0.53 [p<0.001] and 0.18 [p=0.007]). Baseline elevations were significantly associated with increased attack risk (NfL, hazard ratio [HR] 2.5, p=0.01; UCH-L1, HR 2.8, p=0.039; Tau, HR 2.6, p=0.01; sGFAP, HR 3.03, p<0.001). After controlling for baseline sGFAP in Cox regressions, the other markers were not independently associated with attack risk (all HR <2; p>0.05). In the total cohort, a greater proportion of patients had an attack with placebo than inebilizumab (39% vs 12%). All biomarker levels increased after attacks and median-fold increases from baseline (95% confidence interval) trended higher with placebo than inebilizumab, reaching significance with sGFAP (NfL, 1.49 [0.93–3.37] vs 1.30 [0.84–2.14], p=0.4; UCH-L1, 6.70 [1.59–52.4] vs 1.85 [0.89–23], p=0.12; Tau, 2.19 [0.96–9.46] vs 1.09 [0.40–3.7], p=0.23; sGFAP, 20.2 [4.4–98] vs 1.11 [0.75–24.6], p=0.037). Following attacks, NfL correlated with EDSS score at attack assessments (R=0.55; p<0.001); other biomarkers did not correlate with EDSS score after controlling for NfL levels.
In NMOSD, serum NfL, UCH-L1 and Tau levels were higher than in HC; increased baseline sGFAP levels were associated with greater attack risk. Although sGFAP levels showed the greatest increase following attacks, NfL correlated with attack-related disability.
P0229 - Quiescent MRI activity in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder: results from the N-MOmentum randomized placebo-controlled trial (ID 1292)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) have not previously been studied with data from a prospective, randomized controlled study. During N-MOmentum, longitudinal MRIs were performed systematically.
To characterize MRI findings in patients with NMOSD in the N-MOmentum study of inebilizumab. .....................
MRIs of the spinal cord, optic nerve and brain were performed at baseline, within 8 days of an NMOSD attack and at the end of the randomized controlled period (RCP; month 6.5). MRIs were read centrally by two independent, blinded-to-treatment neuroradiologists for new gadolinium-enhancing (Gd)-T1 enhancement events. Attacks were adjudicated by an expert committee.
Complete MRI data were available for 192 (83%) of 230 participants, 42 of whom had an adjudicated attack (22 myelitis, 14 optic neuritis, 6 multi-domain). The remaining 38 patients did not have valid post-baseline MRI scans available for analysis. Inter-rater agreement between the two neuroradiologists for gadolinium-enhancing lesions was 98% for brain, 95% for spinal cord and 90% for optic nerve.
At the time of acute adjudicated NMOSD attacks, new Gd-T1 MRI enhancement corresponding to the affected clinical domain was present in 19/22 myelitis attacks (86%) and 11/14 optic neuritis attacks (79%). At the time of acute optic neuritis attacks, asymptomatic, new Gd-T1 enhancement was simultaneously observed in 4/14 spinal cord MRIs (29%) and 1/14 brain MRIs (7%). At the time of acute myelitis attacks, asymptomatic, new Gd-T1 enhancement was simultaneously observed in 6/22 optic nerve MRIs (27%) and 3/22 brain MRIs (14%).
In the 150 participants without an adjudicated attack, new Gd-T1 MRI enhancements compared with baseline readings were observed in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve in 3%, 18% and 51% of patients at the end of the RCP, respectively.
At the time of attack, MRI enhancements were highly correlated to the clinical presentations. However, asymptomatic Gd-T1 enhancements were detected outside the symptomatic attack domain in about one-third of cases. Furthermore, subclinical Gd-T1 enhancements were observed in many patients who did not experience clinically overt attacks. Subclinical blood–brain barrier breakdown, particularly in the optic nerve, may be a frequent phenomenon in patients with active NMOSD.