Table I.

Spontaneous Optic Neuritis in 2D2 TCR Transgenic Mice

Group A
 Mice with EAE4%
 (n = 72)aND100%
 (n = 3)100%
 (n = 3)
Group B
 Mice without EAE0%
 (n = 69)35%
 (n = 37)b0%
 (n = 15)c47%
 (n = 15)c
  • a 72 TCR transgenic mice were monitored for EAE. Based on clinical signs of EAE, two groups of mice were distinguished. Group A represents mice that developed spontaneous clinical EAE (n = 3) and group B represents mice that never showed any signs of spontaneous EAE (n = 69).

  • b Among the 69 transgenic mice that did not develop EAE, 37 were examined closely for up to 1 yr for clinical signs of optic neuritis as described in Materials and Methods.

  • c The eyes, optic nerves, brain, and spinal cord from 15 TCR transgenic mice with or without clinical signs of optic neuritis were analyzed by histology. Mice were killed at 6.3 ± 2.5 mo of age. Most mice (67%) with clinical optic neuritis had histological lesions in the optic nerve.

  • 2D2 TCR transgenic mice were monitored for signs of EAE and optic neuritis.