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Molecular allergen

Elisa Banchi, Claudio Gennaro Ametrano, David Stanković, Pierluigi Verardo, Olga Moretti, Francesca Gabrielli, Stefania Lazzarin, Maria Francesca Borney, Francesca Tassan, Mauro Tretiach, Alberto Pallavicini, Lucia Muggia
Fungal spores and mycelium fragments are particles which become and remain airborne and have been subjects of aerobiological studies. The presence and the abundance of taxa in aerobiological samples can be very variable and impaired by changeable climatic conditions. Because many fungi produce mycotoxins and both their mycelium fragments and spores are potential allergens, monitoring the presence of these taxa is of key importance. So far data on exposure and sensitization to fungal allergens are mainly based on the assessment of few, easily identifiable taxa and focused only on certain environments...
2018: PloS One
Corinne Cayrol, Anais Duval, Pauline Schmitt, Stephane Roga, Mylène Camus, Alexandre Stella, Odile Burlet-Schiltz, Anne Gonzalez-de-Peredo, Jean-Philippe Girard
Allergic inflammation has crucial roles in allergic diseases such as asthma. It is therefore important to understand why and how the immune system responds to allergens. Here we found that full-length interleukin 33 (IL-33FL ), an alarmin cytokine with critical roles in type 2 immunity and asthma, functioned as a protease sensor that detected proteolytic activities associated with various environmental allergens across four kingdoms, including fungi, house dust mites, bacteria and pollens. When exposed to allergen proteases, IL-33FL was rapidly cleaved in its central 'sensor' domain, which led to activation of the production of type 2 cytokines in group 2 innate lymphoid cells...
March 19, 2018: Nature Immunology
C Incorvaia, C Cavaliere, F Frati, S Masieri
Allergic rhinitis (AR) was long considered a quite trivial disease, but the advance in epidemiological and clinical knowledge, with a major role for Allergic rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) initiative, substantially changed the scene. Now we know that AR has significant effects on patients’ quality of life and also has a relevant economic burden. The ARIA phenotypes related to the duration of symptoms and to the severity of AR are very useful in establishing the optimal strategy in each patient with AR, also according to the kind of allergens that cause rhinitis...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Anshu Yang, LingLing Zuo, Youfei Cheng, Zhihua Wu, Xin Li, Ping Tong, Hongbing Chen
In this study, we determined whether solid-state fermentation could degrade major allergens and reduce potential allergenicity of soybean meal (SBM). Solid-state fermentation was realized through a mixture of Lactobacillus casei, yeast, and Bacillus subtilis. High-performance liquid chromatography, size exclusion-high-performance liquid chromatography, and capillary liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry coupled with electrospray ionization were used to examine the total amino acids and molecular weight distribution of the fermented soybean meal (FSBM)...
March 14, 2018: Food & Function
Marianne Smith Edge, Mary Elizabeth Kunkel, Jennifer Schmidt, Constantina Papoutsakis
In the late 20th century, plant breeders began using molecular biology techniques such as recombinant DNA, also known as genetic engineering, along with traditional cross-breeding. Ten plant and one animal food have been approved for commercialization in the United States. Today, foods and ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops are present throughout the food supply, which has led to varying levels of acceptance. Much discussion exists among consumers and health professionals about the believability of statements made regarding benefits or risks of GE foods...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Rabih Darwiche, Fernanda Lugo, Claire Drurey, Koen Varossieau, Geert Smant, Ruud H P Wilbers, Rick M Maizels, Roger Schneiter, Oluwatoyin A Asojo
Brugia malayi is a causative agent of lymphatic filariasis, a major tropical disease. The infective L3 parasite stage releases immunomodulatory proteins including the venom allergen-like proteins (VALs), which are members of the SCP/TAPS (Sperm-coating protein / Tpx / antigen 5 / pathogenesis related-1 / Sc7) superfamily. BmVAL-1 is a major target of host immunity with >90% of infected B. malayi microfilaraemic cases being seropositive for antibodies to BmVAL-1. This study is part of ongoing efforts to characterize the structures and functions of important B...
February 28, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
Hideo Ozawa, Koji Umezawa, Mitsunori Takano, Shoichiro Ishizaki, Shugo Watabe, Yoshihiro Ochiai
Ingestion of marine invertebrates often causes food allergy, where the major allergens have been reported to be derived from tropomyosin (TM). Intact or the digestive fragments of food allergens generally show resistance to digestion, which is usually attributable to the structural stability (or rigidity). The difference in the structural and dynamical characteristics between the epitope and the non-epitope regions in TM has not yet been well understood. In the present study, molecular dynamics simulation was performed at constant pHs for shrimp TM...
February 27, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Dajeong Lee, Hyuk Soon Kim, Eunju Shin, Seon-Gil Do, Chong-Kil Lee, Young Mi Kim, Min Bum Lee, Keun Young Min, Jimo Koo, Su Jeong Kim, Seung Taek Nam, Hyun Woo Kim, Young Hwan Park, Wahn Soo Choi
An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to harmless substance called allergen that gains access to the body. Food allergy is a hypersensitive immune reaction to food proteins and the number of patients with food allergy has recently increased. Aloe Vera is used for wellness and medicinal purposes. In particular, Aloe vera has been reported to enhance immunity. However, the effect of Aloe vera on food allergy is not yet known. In this study, we investigated the effects of processed Aloe vera gel (PAG) containing low molecular weight Aloe polysaccharide (AP) on ovalbumin (OVA)-induced food allergy in mice...
February 26, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Caitlin L Maikawa, Naomi Zimmerman, Manuel Ramos, Mittal Shah, James S Wallace, Krystal J Godri Pollitt
Diesel exhaust has been associated with asthma, but its response to other engine emissions is not clear. The increasing prevalence of vehicles with gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines motivated this study, and the objective was to evaluate pulmonary responses induced by acute exposure to GDI engine exhaust in an allergic asthma murine model. Mice were sensitized with an allergen to induce airway hyperresponsiveness or treated with saline (non-allergic group). Animals were challenged for 2-h to exhaust from a laboratory GDI engine operated at conditions equivalent to a highway cruise...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
A B de Sá, L C Oliveira, R Camilo, F F Pierotti, D Solé
Background. Microarray technique employing molecular allergens is pointed out as a new method to evaluate allergic patients. Objective. To evaluate if microarray technique (ImmunoCAP-ISAC®; I-ISAC®) is similar to fluorescence enzyme immunoassay (FEIA; ImmunoCAP®) in the diagnosis of latex allergy (specific IgE to latex plus symptoms) and latex sensitization (only antibody) in pediatric (9-mo to 14-yrs) patients with myelomeningocele undergone to surgical repair. Methods. Patients underwent skin prick testing (SPT) to latex and food (prick to prick), and dosage of serum specific IgE to latex and recombinant latex allergens (rHev b 1, rHev b 3, rHev b 5, rHev b 6...
January 15, 2018: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Guang-Xian Liu, Zong-Cai Tu, Wenhua Yang, Hui Wang, Lu Zhang, Da Ma, Tao Huang, Jun Liu, Xue Li
Ultrasound treatment could change the conformation of β-lactoglobulin (β-Lg) and improve the glycation reaction in aqueous solution under neutral condition. However, the effect of ultrasound pretreatment on glycation of β-Lg with pentose at dry-state remains ambiguous, and the relationship between glycation and allergenicity of β-Lg with ultrasound pretreatment is unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of ultrasound pretreatment on glycation and allergenicity of β-Lg. Markedly decreased allergenicity of β-Lg was observed after glycation with ribose before and after ultrasound pretreatment with the minimum found at 400 W...
June 30, 2018: Food Chemistry
Ian C Scott, Jayesh B Majithiya, Caroline Sanden, Peter Thornton, Philip N Sanders, Tom Moore, Molly Guscott, Dominic J Corkill, Jonas S Erjefält, E Suzanne Cohen
Interleukin (IL)-33 is an IL-1 family alarmin released from damaged epithelial and endothelial barriers to elicit immune responses and allergic inflammation via its receptor ST2. Serine proteases released from neutrophils, mast cells and cytotoxic lymphocytes have been proposed to process the N-terminus of IL-33 to enhance its activity. Here we report that processing of full length IL-33 can occur in mice deficient in these immune cell protease activities. We sought alternative mechanisms for the proteolytic activation of IL-33 and discovered that exogenous allergen proteases and endogenous calpains, from damaged airway epithelial cells, can process full length IL-33 and increase its alarmin activity up to ~60-fold...
February 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Carine Gomez, Ania Carsin, Marion Gouitaa, Martine Reynaud-Gaubert, Jean-Christophe Dubus, Jean-Louis Mège, Stéphane Ranque, Joana Vitte
Pulmonary and systemic antifungal immunity influences quality of life and survival of people with cystic fibrosis. Aspergillus fumigatus (Af) induces specific IgG and IgE. Mast cells respond to IgE, IgG and direct interactions with Af. Mast cells are the source of the protease tryptase. We aimed at evaluating serum baseline tryptase as a potential biomarker of the Af-host interaction in cystic fibrosis patients. Serum baseline tryptase, IgE and IgG directed to Af extract and Af molecular allergens were measured in 76 cystic fibrosis patients...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
Sayantani B Sindher, Andrew Long, Swati Acharya, Vanitha Sampath, Kari C Nadeau
The incidence of allergic conditions has continued to rise over the past several decades, with a growing body of research dedicated toward the treatment of such conditions. By driving a complex range of changes in the underlying immune response, immunotherapy is the only therapy that modulates the immune system with long-term effects and is presently utilized for the treatment of several atopic conditions. Recent efforts have focused on identifying biomarkers associated with these changes that may be of use in predicting patients with the highest likelihood of positive clinical outcomes during allergen immunotherapy (AIT), providing guidance regarding AIT discontinuation, and predicting symptomatic relapse and the need for booster AIT after therapy...
February 17, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Jack Carson, Charlotte M Thomas, Aaron McGinty, Gustavo Takata, David J Timson
Schistosoma mansoni, like other trematodes, expresses a number of unusual calcium binding proteins which consist of an EF-hand domain joined to a dynein light chain-like (DLC-like) domain by a flexible linker. These proteins have been implicated in host immune responses and drug binding. Three members of this protein family from S. mansoni (SmTAL1, SmTAL2 and SmTAL3) have been well characterised biochemically. Here we characterise the remaining family members from this species (SmTAL4-13). All of these proteins form homodimers and all except SmTAL5 bind to calcium and manganese ions...
February 14, 2018: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Monika Raulf, Santiago Quirce, Olivier Vandenplas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Numerous clinically relevant allergenic molecules enhance the performance of specific (s) IgE tests and improve the specificity of allergy diagnosis. This review aimed to summarize our current knowledge of the high-molecular-weight allergens involved in the development of occupational asthma and rhinitis and to critically analyze the contribution of component-resolved diagnosis in the management of these conditions. RECENT FINDINGS: There is a lack of standardization and validation for most available extracts of occupational agents, and assessment of sIgE reactivity to occupational allergen components has been poorly investigated, with the notable exception of natural rubber latex (NRL) and wheat flour...
February 14, 2018: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
Hanae Tsukumo, Natsumi Matsunari, Kunihiko Yamashita, Hajime Kojima, Hiroshi Itagaki
It was believed that high molecular weight molecules including proteins cannot penetrate the skin. However, protein penetration through disrupted/ruptured skin has been reported recently, thus carrying the potential for inducing an allergic response. We used the human Cell Line Activation Test (h-CLAT), an in vitro skin sensitization test, to assess the allergic potential of proteins by measuring levels of CD86 and CD54 in the human monocytic leukemia cell line THP-1. Six allergens including ovalbumin (OVA) and human serum albumin (HSA; negative control) upregulated CD86 and/or CD54; a false-positive result was obtained using HSA...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Franco H Falcone, Daniel Wan, Nafal Barwary, Ronit Sagi-Eisenberg
Since their establishment in 1981, RBL-2H3 cells have been widely used as a mast cell (MC) model. Their ability to be easily grown in culture in large amounts, their responsiveness to FcεRI-mediated triggers and the fact that they can be genetically manipulated, have provided advantages over primary MCs, in particular for molecular studies relying on genetic screening. Furthermore, the ability to generate clones that stably express proteins of interest, for example, a human receptor, have marked the RBL cells as an attractive MC model for drug screening...
March 2018: Immunological Reviews
Donald W Cockcroft
Environmental factors which cause asthma are those that induce airway inflammation with eosinophils (more common) or neutrophils along with airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR). The most common of these (indeed the most common cause of asthma) are IgE-mediated inhalant allergen exposures. Allergen-induced AHR and inflammation are both associated with the allergen-induced late asthmatic response (LAR). Although allergens were previously recognized only as causes of symptoms and bronchoconstriction in asthmatics, we now appreciate them as causes of the fundamental pathophysiologic features of asthma...
February 2018: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Giovanni Passalacqua, Diego Bagnasco, Matteo Ferrando, Enrico Heffler, Francesca Puggioni, Giorgio Walter Canonica
OBJECTIVE: Allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) in its subcutaneous and sublingual forms is currently a well-established and experimentally supported treatment for respiratory allergy and hymenoptera venom allergy. There have been advances in its use linked strictly to the advancement in the knowledge of the molecular mechanisms of allergy, the production of well-characterized extracts, and diagnostic techniques. The use of AIT in asthma and the application of new approaches are expanding...
February 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
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