Neurological dysfunction and hyperactive behavior associated with antiphospholipid antibodies. A mouse model

J Clin Invest. 1997 Aug 1;100(3):613-9. doi: 10.1172/JCI119572.


Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) have been associated with various neurological manifestations, but the underlying mechanism has not been elucidated. We assessed mice with induced experimental antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) for neurological and behavioral changes. After immunization with monoclonal human anticardiolipin antibody (H-3), female BALB/c mice developed elevated levels of circulating anti-negatively charged phospholipids (aPL), anti-beta2-glycoprotein I (abeta2GPI), and anti-endothelial cell antibodies (AECA), along with clinical manifestations of APS like thrombocytopenia and fetus resorption. APS mice were impaired neurologically and performed several reflexes less accurately compared to the controls, including placing reflex (P < 0.05), postural reflex (P < 0.05), and grip test (P = 0.05). The APS mice also exhibited hyperactive behavior in an open field, which tests spatial behavior (P < 0.03), and displayed impaired motor coordination on a rotating bar. aPL in combination with abeta2GPI and AECA is probably involved in the neurological and behavioral defects shown in mice with experimental APS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Antiphospholipid / immunology
  • Antibodies, Antiphospholipid / physiology*
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome / immunology*
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome / physiopathology*
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / immunology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Nervous System / physiopathology*


  • Antibodies, Antiphospholipid