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Molecular allergen

Ulrich Wahn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Currently, dramatic changes in allergy treatment can be observed in many countries: The availability of monocomponent products with pharmaceutical quality for SLIT is likely to have a strong impact on all immunotherapy practices and the specialty in general. The market for patient-named products with allergenic mixtures can be expected to shrink. Allergists are concerned about the possibility that single-source products for immunotherapy might be insufficient to serve the needs of all 'polyallergic' patients...
October 13, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Peter Lorenz, Miriam Heinrich, Manuel Garcia-Käufer, Franziska Grunewald, Silke Messerschmidt, Anja Herrick, Kim Gruber, Christiane Beckmann, Matthias Knoedler, Roman Huber, Carmen Steinborn, Florian C Stintzing, Carsten Gründemann
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Oak bark has been used since ancient times in Europaen ethnomedicine because of its adstringent, antimicrobial and hemostatic features, e.g. as a remedy for the treatment of wounds and skin diseases. PURPOSE: Oak bark tannins are considered as bioactive natural products, interacting with surface proteins of mucous membranes and might be beneficial for the treatment of allergic diseases. This study investigated the effect of an oak bark decoction (OBD) and isolated tannin fractions on the degranulation capacity and cytokine/chemokine release from rat basophilic cells and human mast cells in vitro, which are essential for the initiation of early- and late-phase allergic reactions...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
M A Tosca, M Silvestri, R Olcese, O Sacco, A Pistorio, G A Rossi, G Ciprandi
BACKGROUND: Respiratory allergy is characterised by an IgE-mediated reaction. The immune system functions, including IgE production, progressively decline over time with growing up and ageing. Molecular-based allergy diagnostic defines sensitisation profile. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of age on serum allergen-specific IgE to molecular component levels in a large sample of subjects. METHODS: Serum IgE to: rCor a11, rPru p3, nJug r3, rAra h8, rGly m4, rCor a8, nPen m1, nAct d8, Bos d 8, and nGal d2 were assessed by ISAC method...
October 5, 2016: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
Raquel Moya, Jerónimo Carnés, Nuria Sinovas, Laura Ramió, Pilar Brazis, Anna Puigdemont
BACKGROUND: Canine atopic dermatitis is a pruritic allergic skin disease. House dust mites have been identified as the main non-seasonal responsible agent. Unlike in human allergic patients, groups 1 and 2 antigens have been described as minor allergens in dogs, while groups 15 and 18 are considered the major allergens. Despite these differences, allergic dogs have traditionally been treated using extracts intended for human immunotherapy. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the immunological characteristics and the allergen reactivity of dogs with atopic dermatitis using a Dermatophagoides farinae commercial extract...
November 1, 2016: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Angélique Vétillard, Wafa Bouzid
Animal venoms are complex mixtures containing simple organic molecules, proteins, peptides, and other bioactive elements with extraordinary biological properties associated with their ability to act on a number of molecular receptors in the process of incapacitating their target organisms. In such a context, arthropod venoms are invaluable sources of bioactive substances, with therapeutic interest but the limited availability of some venom such as those from ants, has restricted the potential that these biomolecules could represent...
2016: Biologie Aujourd'hui
Joaquín Sastre, Marina Sastre-Ibañez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe recent insights into how molecular diagnosis can improve indication and selection of suitable allergens for specific immunotherapy and increase the safety of this therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: As specific allergen immunotherapy targets specific allergens, identification of the disease-eliciting allergen is a prerequisite for accurate prescription of treatment. In areas of complex sensitization to aeroallergens or in cases of hymenoptera venom allergy, the use of molecular diagnosis has demonstrated that it may lead to a change in indication and selection of allergens for immunotherapy in a large proportion of patients when compared with diagnosis based on skin prick testing and/or specific IgE determination with commercial extracts...
September 28, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
B R Leaker, V A Malkov, R Mogg, M K Ruddy, G C Nicholson, A J Tan, C Tribouley, G Chen, I De Lepeleire, N A Calder, H Chung, P Lavender, L N Carayannopoulos, T T Hansel
Non-invasive mucosal sampling (nasosorption and nasal curettage) was used following nasal allergen challenge with grass pollen in subjects with allergic rhinitis, in order to define the molecular basis of the late allergic reaction (LAR). It was found that the nasal LAR to grass pollen involves parallel changes in pathways of type 2 inflammation (IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13), inflammasome-related (IL-1β), and complement and circadian-associated genes. A grass pollen nasal spray was given to subjects with hay fever followed by serial sampling, in which cytokines and chemokines were measured in absorbed nasal mucosal lining fluid, and global gene expression (transcriptomics) assessed in nasal mucosal curettage samples...
September 28, 2016: Mucosal Immunology
María Garrido-Arandia, Javier Silva-Navas, Carmen Ramírez-Castillejo, Nuria Cubells-Baeza, Cristina Gómez-Casado, Domingo Barber, Juan C Pozo, Pablo G Melendi, Luis F Pacios, Araceli Díaz-Perales
Spores of pathogenic fungi are virtually ubiquitous and cause human disease and severe losses in crops. The endophytic fungi Alternaria species produce host-selective phytotoxins. Alt a 1 is a strongly allergenic protein found in A. alternata that causes severe asthma. Despite the well-established pathogenicity of Alt a 1, the molecular mechanisms underlying its action and physiological function remain largely unknown. To gain insight into the role played by this protein in the pathogenicity of the fungus, we studied production of Alt a 1 and its activity in spores...
2016: Scientific Reports
Isabella Pali-Schöll, Erika Jensen-Jarolim
For proteins to become allergenic, they need to acquire features enabling them to induce B cell activation and isotype switch to IgE production. Crosslinking of the B-cell receptor (BCR) is the most efficient way to productively activate B-cells. The IgE-crosslinking capability of allergens is equally crucial in the effector phase of immediate type allergy. Antigens, which acquire enhanced crosslinking capacity by oligomerization, aggregation, or the expression of repetitive epitopes may therefore gain allergenic potency...
September 9, 2016: Current Opinion in Immunology
Agnes Agunos, F William Pierson, Bwalya Lungu, Patricia A Dunn, Nathaniel Tablante
Emerging and re-emerging diseases are continuously diagnosed in poultry species. A few of these diseases are known to cross the species barrier, thus posing a public health risk and an economic burden. We identified and synthesized global evidence for poultry nonfoodborne zoonoses to better understand these diseases in people who were exposed to different poultry-related characteristics (e.g., occupational or nonoccupational, operational types, poultry species, outbreak conditions, health status of flocks)...
September 2016: Avian Diseases
Bronwyn Campbell, Helder Cortes, Giada Annoscia, Alessio Giannelli, Antonio Parisi, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Luís Cardoso, Domenico Otranto
BACKGROUND: Of increasing importance to the medical and veterinary communities is the zoonotic filarioid nematode Onchocerca lupi. Onchocercosis, thus far found in wolves, dogs, cats and humans, is diagnosed via skin snips to detect microfilariae and surgical removal of adults from the eye of the host. These methods are time-consuming, laborious and invasive, highlighting the need for new tools for the diagnosis of O. lupi in susceptible hosts. Symptoms related to the presence of the adults in the eye can range from none apparent to severe, including blindness...
2016: Parasites & Vectors
J Depciuch, I Kasprzyk, E Roga, M Parlinska-Wojtan
Nowadays, pollen allergy becomes an increasing problem for human population. Common mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris L.) is one of the major allergenic plants in Europe. In this study, the influence of air pollution caused by traffic on the structure and chemical composition of common mugwort pollen was investigated. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and curve-fitting analysis of amide I profile was applied to assess the morphological and structural changes of mugwort pollen grains collected from sites with different vehicle pollution levels...
September 7, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
John A Gebe, Koshika Yadava, Shannon M Ruppert, Payton Marshall, Paul Hill, Ben A Falk, Johanna M Sweere, Hongwei Han, Gernot Kaber, Carlos Medina, Katalin Mikecz, Steven F Ziegler, Swathi Balaji, Sundeep G Keswani, Vinicio A de Jesus Perez, Manish J Butte, Kari Nadeau, William A Altemeier, Neil Fanger, Paul L Bollyky
BACKGROUND: The extracellular matrix in asthmatic lungs contains abundant low-molecular-weight hyaluronan (LMW-HA) and this is known to promote antigen presentation and allergic responses. Conversely, high-molecular-weight hyaluronan, typical of un-inflamed tissues, is known to suppress inflammation. OBJECTIVE: We asked whether HMW-HA can be adapted to adapted to promote tolerance to airway allergens. METHODS: HMW-HA was thiolated to prevent its catabolism and tethered it to allergens via thiol linkages...
September 6, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Angela Papale, Elena Kummer, Valentina Galbiati, Marina Marinovich, Corrado L Galli, Emanuela Corsini
Keratinocytes (KCs) play a key role in all phases of skin sensitization. We recently identified interleukin-18 (IL-18) production as useful end point for determination of contact sensitization potential of low molecular weight chemicals. The aim of this study was to identify genes involved in skin sensitizer-induced inflammasome activation and to establish their role in IL-18 production. For gene expression analysis, cells were treated for 6 h with p-phenylenediamine (PPD) as reference contact allergen; total RNA was extracted and examined with a commercially available Inflammasome Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) array...
September 1, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Ehsan Azimi, Jimmy Xia, Ethan A Lerner
A multitude of exogenous environmental stimuli and endogenous molecular and cellular components interface directly or indirectly with the free nerve endings of sensory nerves in the skin. Environmental stimuli include substances derived from the microbiome and materials, such as allergens, that otherwise come in contact with the skin. Endogenous stimuli include components of or mediators derived from the epidermal barrier, keratinocytes, mast cells, and additional resident and skin-homing immune cells. The sensation of itch is ultimately provoked by mediators that interact with and activate pruriceptors on the sensory nerve fibers...
2016: Current Problems in Dermatology
Yvonne Resch, Katharina Blatt, Ursula Malkus, Christian Fercher, Ines Swoboda, Margit Focke-Tejkl, Kuan-Wei Chen, Susanne Seiberler, Irene Mittermann, Christian Lupinek, Azahara Rodriguez-Dominguez, Petra Zieglmayer, René Zieglmayer, Walter Keller, Vladislav Krzyzanek, Peter Valent, Rudolf Valenta, Susanne Vrtala
BACKGROUND: The house dust mite (HDM) allergen Der p 18 belongs to the glycoside hydrolase family 18 chitinases. The relevance of Der p 18 for house dust mite allergic patients has only been partly investigated. OBJECTIVE: To perform a detailed characterization of Der p 18 on a molecular, structural and immunological level. METHODS: Der p 18 was expressed in E. coli, purified to homogeneity, tested for chitin-binding activity and its secondary structure was analyzed by circular dichroism...
2016: PloS One
Peter K Smith, Madhan Masilamani, Xiu-Min Li, Hugh A Sampson
The incidence of food allergy has increased dramatically in the last few decades in westernized developed countries. We propose that the Western lifestyle and diet promote innate danger signals and immune responses through production of "alarmins." Alarmins are endogenous molecules secreted from cells undergoing nonprogrammed cell death that signal tissue and cell damage. High molecular group S (HMGB1) is a major alarmin that binds to the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE). Advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) are also present in foods...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Magnus P Borres, Nobuyuki Maruyama, Sakura Sato, Motohiro Ebisawa
Due to the high prevalence of food allergic diseases globally there are increasing demands in clinical practice for managing IgE-mediated conditions. During the last decade, component resolved diagnostics has been introduced into the field of clinical allergology, providing information that cannot be obtained from extract-based tests. Component resolved data facilitate more precise diagnosis of allergic diseases and identify sensitizations attributable to cross-reactivity. Furthermore it assists risk assessment in clinical practice as sensitization to some allergenic molecules is related to persistence of clinical symptoms and systemic rather than local reactions...
October 2016: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
Emmanuel Nony, Maxime Le Mignon, Sébastien Brier, Armelle Martelet, Philippe Moingeon
Proteomics encompasses a variety of approaches unraveling both the structural features, post-translational modifications, and abundance of proteins. As of today, proteomic studies have shed light on the primary structure of about 850 allergens, enabling the design of microarrays for improved molecular diagnosis. Proteomic methods including mass spectrometry allow as well to investigate protein-protein interactions, thus yielding precise information on critical epitopes on the surface of allergens. Mass spectrometry is now being applied to the unambiguous identification, characterization, and comprehensive quantification of allergens in a variety of matrices, as diverse as food samples and allergen immunotherapy drug products...
September 2016: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
Bo Song, Lixin An, Yanjing Han, Hongxiu Gao, Hongbo Ren, Xue Zhao, Xiaoshuang Wei, Hari B Krishnan, Shanshan Liu
Crossing, backcrossing, and molecular marker-assisted background selection produced a soybean (Glycine max) near-isogenic line (cgy-2-NIL) containing the cgy-2 allele, which is responsible for the absence of the allergenic α-subunit of β-conglycinin. To identify α-null-related transcriptional changes, the gene expressions of cgy-2-NIL and its recurrent parent DN47 were compared using Illumina high-throughput RNA-sequencing of samples at 25, 35, 50, and 55 days after flowering (DAF). Seeds at 18 DAF served as the control...
2016: PloS One
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