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Collateral benefit: the comeback of MOG antibodies as a biomarker in neurological practice
  1. Orhan Aktas
  1. Department of Neurology, Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr Orhan Aktas, Department of Neurology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Moorenstr. 5, Düsseldorf D-40225, Germany; orhan.aktas{at}

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  • Funding OA received grants by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Hertie Foundation, the Eugène Devic European Network (EU-FP7), German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Schaufler Foundation, and Walter-and-Ilse-Rose Stiftung; and research support by Bayer Schering, Biogen Idec, Novartis and Teva.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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