Maybe this is not very related to CCSVI, or maybe it is. In any case is worth to share it.
Means and methods for diagnosing and treating multiple sclerosis
US 20140080156 A1http://www.google.com/patents/US20140080156
This invention relates to a peptide comprising or consisting of at least 8 consecutive amino acid residues of the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 3, provided that said peptide does not consist of the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 3, or a corresponding peptidomimetic, wherein said peptide or peptidomimetic binds to an anti-KIR4.1 antibody comprised in a sample from a patient, said patient having multiple sclerosis or a predisposition therefor, wherein preferably (i) said at least 8 consecutive amino acid residues are a subsequence of an extracellular domain of KIR4.1, said extracellular domain consisting of the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1 or 2; or (ii) said peptide comprises or consists of the sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 or 2. The present invention furthermore relates to a method for diagnosing multiple sclerosis or a predisposition for multiple sclerosis in a subject, the method comprising determining the presence of an anti-KIR4.1 antibody in a sample obtained from said subject, wherein the presence of an anti-KIR4.1 antibody in said sample is indicative of multiple sclerosis or a predisposition for multiple sclerosis. Also provided are novel means and methods for the therapy of multiple sclerosis.