PD Dr. Kathrin Doppler

Neurologische Klinik

Universitätsklinikum Würzburg

Josef-Schneider-Str. 11, 97080 Würzburg
Phone: +4993120123787

Publications (selected list)

Doppler K, Brockmann K, Sedghi A, Wurster I, Volkmann J, Oertel WH, Sommer C. Dermal Phospho-Alpha-Synuclein Deposition in Patients With Parkinson's Disease and Mutation of the Glucocerebrosidase Gene. Front Neurol. 2018; 9:1094.

Doppler K, Stengel H, Appeltshauser L, Grosskreutz J, Man Ng JK, Meinl E, Sommer C.  Neurofascin-155 IgM autoantibodies in patients with inflammatory neuropathies. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2018;89(11):1145-1151.


Doppler K, Jentschke HM, Schulmeyer L, Vadasz D, Janzen A, Luster M, Höffken H, Mayer G, Brumberg J, Booij J, Musacchio T, Klebe S, Sittig-Wiegand E, Volkmann J, Sommer C, Oertel WH.
Dermal phospho-alpha-synuclein deposits confirm REM sleep behaviour disorder as prodromal Parkinson's disease. Acta Neuropathol 2017;133(4):535-545.

Doppler K, Appeltshauser L, Villmann C, Martin C, Peles E, Krämer HH, Haarmann A, Buttmann M, Sommer C. Auto-antibodies to contactin-associated protein 1 (Caspr) in two patients with painful inflammatory neuropathy. Brain 2016, 139(Pt 10):2617-2630.


Doppler K, Schütt M, Sommer C. Decreased levels of aquaporin-4 in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Cephalalgia 2016; 36(14):1379-1384.


Doppler K, Weis J, Karl K, Ebert S, Ebentheuer J, Trenkwalder C, Klebe S, Volkmann J, Sommer C.
Distinctive distribution of phospho-alpha-synuclein in dermal nerves in multiple system atrophy.
Mov Disord 2015; 30(12):1688-92.


Doppler K, Rittner HL, Deckart M, Sommer C. Reduced dermal nerve fiber diameter in skin biopsies of patients with fibromyalgia. Pain 2015; 156(11):2319-25.

Doppler K, Appeltshauser L, Wilhelmi K, Villmann C, Dib-Hajj SD, Waxman SG, Mäurer M, Weishaupt A, Sommer C. Destruction of paranodal architecture in inflammatory neuropathy with anti-contactin-1 autoantibodies. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2015, 86(7):720-8.


Doppler K, Ebert S, Üçeyler N, Trenkwalder C, Ebentheuer J, Volkmann J, Sommer C. Cutaneous neuropathy in Parkinson's disease: a window into brain pathology. Acta Neuropathol 2014, 128:99-109.


Project 1:
Autoantibodies against the paranodal antigens contactin-1, neurofascin and Caspr were recently detected in a subgroup of patients with severe inflammatory neuropathies. In this project we aim to better characterize neuropathies with paranodal autoantibodies and to study the pathogenic effect of autoantibodies.


Figure 1: Binding of serum of a patient with anti-contactin autoantibodies to the paranodes of murine teased fibers.

Project 2:

Parkinson’s disease is multisystemic disorder and phospho-alpha-synuclein deposition is not restricted to the CNS but can also be found in peripheral nerve, e.g. in dermal nerve fibers. We aim to develop biomarkers based on the detection of phospho-alpha-synuclein in peripheral tissues.


Figure 2: Phospho-alpha-synuclein deposition (red) in a dermal nerve fiber (double-immunofluorescence staining with anti-PGP9.5 as an axonal marker).