Natural killer cell activity and serum immunoglobulins in epileptic patients

C. Testorelli, C. Pruneri, L. Ferini-Strambi, M. Zamperetti, C. A. Altamura, S. Smirne, S. R. Bareggi

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Serum immunoglobulin and the activity of natural killer (NK) cells of 50 epileptic patients (eight with idiopathic generalized epilepsy and 42 with cryptogenic partial epilepsy) and 28 controls have been studied. The values of IgA, IgG and IgM were the same in patients and controls. The NK activity in controls was linearly related to the effector-to-target ratio, but this linear relationship was not observed in epileptic patients. The cytotoxic activity of NK cells at the lowest effector-to-target ratio was significantly greater in patients than in controls. This increase was observed in each therapy group. Our results seem to confirm a disturbance of the immune system in epileptic patients and suggest that this modification of cellular immunity is not a drug effect but is related to the illness itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-428
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Psychopharmacology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • Epilepsy
  • Immunoglobulins
  • Natural killer cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neurology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology(all)


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