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Sustained reduction of serum neurofilament light chain over 7 years by alemtuzumab in early relapsing-remitting MS

Multiple Sclerosis Journal | August 11, 2021

Kuhle J, Daizadeh N, Benkert P, Maceski A, Barro C, Michalak Z, Sormani MP, Godin J, Shankara S, Samad TA, Jacobs A, Chung L, Rӧsch N, Kaiser C, Mitchell CP, Leppert D, Havari E and Kappos L

Multiple sclerosis (Houndmills, Basingstoke, England). 2021:13524585211032348

DOI: 10.1177/13524585211032348

This study was performed using a Simoa Homebrew assay.



Alemtuzumab efficacy and safety was demonstrated in CARE-MS I and extension studies (CAMMS03409; TOPAZ).


Evaluate serum neurofilament light chain (sNfL) in CARE-MS I patients and highly active disease (HAD) subgroup, over 7 and 2 years for alemtuzumab and subcutaneous interferon beta-1a (SC IFNB-1a), respectively.


Patients received SC IFNB-1a 44 µg 3×/week or alemtuzumab 12 mg/day at baseline and month 12, with further as-needed 3-day courses. sNfL was measured using single-molecule array (Simoa™). HAD definition was ⩾2 relapses in year before randomization and ⩾1 baseline gadolinium-enhancing lesion.


Baseline median sNfL levels were similar in alemtuzumab (n = 354) and SC IFNB-1a–treated (n = 159) patients (31.7 vs 31.4 pg/mL), but decreased with alemtuzumab versus SC IFNB-1a until year 2 (Y2; 13.2 vs 18.7 pg/mL; p < 0.0001); 12.7 pg/mL for alemtuzumab at Y7. Alemtuzumab-treated patients had sNfL at/below healthy control median at Y2 (72% vs 47%; p < 0.0001); 73% for alemtuzumab at Y7. HAD patients (n = 102) had higher baseline sNfL (49.4 pg/mL) versus overall population; alemtuzumab HAD patients attained similar levels (Y2, 12.8 pg/mL; Y7, 12.7 pg/mL; 75% were at/below control median at Y7).


Alemtuzumab was superior to SC IFNB-1a in reducing sNfL, with levels in alemtuzumab patients remaining stable through Y7.