B-cell activating factor (BAFF) is a crucial cytokine for differentiation and survival of B-cells and correlates to disease activity in some auto-immune diseases. To evaluate BAFF as a biomarker for disease activity in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), serum BAFF levels were measured at varying disease stages: patients starting treatment, patients starting treatment withdrawal, patients in remission and healthy controls. Serum BAFF levels were elevated in patients compared to healthy controls, but did not differ between patients starting treatment and patients in remission. Serum BAFF levels did not change with or predict treatment response or relapse. Serum BAFF is not a responsive biomarker reflecting disease activity in CIDP.
- B-cell activating factor
- Disease activity