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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331111/longitudinal-monitoring-of-tree-airborne-pollen-in-japan
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Reiko Kishikawa, Eiko Kotoh, Chie Oshikawa, Nobuo Soh, Terufumi Shimoda, Akemi Saito, Norio Sahashi, Tadao Enomoto, Atsushi Usami, Hidetoyo Teranishi, Yohko Fujisaki, Toshitaka Yokoyama, Kohji Murayama, Tohru Imai, Yuma Fukutomi, Masami Taniguchi, Tomoaki Iwanaga
RATIONAL: In Japan patients with Japanese Cedar (JC) pollinosis have increased nation widely since the latter of 1970's. The Ministry of Health and Welfare of Japanese Governments has begun to take preventive measures against JC pollinosis and airborne pollen monitoring has begun to investigate as a causative agent since 1986. We have estimated the longitudinal investigation result for successful prevention and treatment against pollinosis in Japan. METHOD: We have monitored airborne pollen all year around since July 1986 by gravitational pollen sampler, Durham's sampler, at more than 20 locations in the Japanese Islands...
2017: Arerugī, [Allergy]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315224/an-overview-of-bioinformatics-tools-and-resources-in-allergy
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Zhiyan Fu, Jing Lin
The rapidly increasing number of characterized allergens has created huge demands for advanced information storage, retrieval, and analysis. Bioinformatics and machine learning approaches provide useful tools for the study of allergens and epitopes prediction, which greatly complement traditional laboratory techniques. The specific applications mainly include identification of B- and T-cell epitopes, and assessment of allergenicity and cross-reactivity. In order to facilitate the work of clinical and basic researchers who are not familiar with bioinformatics, we review in this chapter the most important databases, bioinformatic tools, and methods with relevance to the study of allergens...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275203/anaphylactic-reactions-to-novel-foods-case-report-of-a-child-with-severe-crocodile-meat-allergy
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Natalia Ballardini, Anna Nopp, Carl Hamsten, Mirja Vetander, Erik Melén, Caroline Nilsson, Markus Ollert, Carsten Flohr, Annette Kuehn, Marianne van Hage
Availability of "exotic" foods is steadily increasing. In this report, we describe the first case of anaphylaxis to crocodile meat. The patient was a 13-year-old boy with severe immunoglobulin E-mediated allergy to chicken meat. When tasting crocodile meat for the first time, he developed an anaphylactic reaction. Cross-reactivity between chicken and crocodile meat was suspected to have triggered this reaction. Basophil activation and immunoglobulin E testing confirmed the boy's allergic reaction to crocodile meat proteins...
March 8, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261576/personalized-medicine-in-allergic-asthma-at-the-crossroads-of-allergen-immunotherapy-and-biologicals
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REVIEW
Benedikt Fritzsching
Major allergic disease can be viewed as clinical syndromes rather than discrete disease entities. Emerging evidence indicates that allergic asthma includes several disease phenotypes. Immunological deviation toward high T helper cell type 2 cytokine levels has been demonstrated for a subgroup of pediatric asthma patients, and now, several novel monoclonal antibodies have been approved for treatment of this subgroup as a stratified approach of "personalized" medicine in allergy. Introduction of component-based IgE testing before allergen immunotherapy (AIT), i...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261033/allergy-to-grass-pollen-mapping-of-dactylis-glomerata-and-phleum-pratense-allergens-for-dogs-by-two-dimensional-immunoblotting
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Luís Miguel Lourenço Martins, Andreia Grilo Marques, Luísa Maria Dotti Silva Pereira, Saul José Semião-Santos, Ofélia Pereira Bento
INTRODUCTION: Much less is known about grass-pollen allergens to dogs, when compared with humans. Genetic-based patterns might play an important role in sensitization profiles, conditioning the success of allergen-specific immunotherapy. AIM: Mapping of Dactylis glomerata (D. glomerata) and Phleum pratense (P. pratense) allergens for grass pollen-sensitized atopic dogs, for better understanding how individual allergograms may influence the response to grass-pollen immunotherapy...
February 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252802/pru-p-3-a-marker-allergen-for-lipid-transfer-protein-ltp-sensitization-also-in-central-europe
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Nadine Mothes-Luksch, Marianne Raith, Georg Stingl, Margarete Focke-Tejkl, Ebrahim Razzazi-Fazeli, Rene Zieglmayer, Stefan Wöhrl, Ines Swoboda
In the Mediterranean area, lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are important causes of plant food allergies often associated with severe allergic reactions. There, peach LTP (Pru p 3) seems to be the primary sensitizer, whereas in Central Europe little is known about the importance of LTP-sensitization. In this region allergen extract based diagnosis is often complicated by co-sensitization to Bet v 1, the major birch pollen allergen, its cross-reactive food allergens and profilins. We investigated the role of LTP-sensitization in Central European patients displaying strong allergic reactions to plant-derived food...
March 2, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231574/biomarkers-in-allergic-airway-disease-simply-complex
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Adam M Chaker, Ulrich M Zissler, Martin Wagenmann, Carsten Schmidt-Weber
Clinical diagnoses of allergic airway disease need confirmation of a relevant sensitization to allergens. Serum-based component-resolved diagnosis has become increasingly popular and allows the precise assessment of specific IgE to molecular allergens. Molecular allergen diagnosis has improved our understanding of disease phenotypes in allergic patients, including cross-reactive patterns and food allergy. Beyond sensitization profiles, characterization of the (endo-)type and severity of a local allergic disease is useful for targeted therapy with biologics in advanced allergic airway disease...
2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221944/a-novel-immunoassay-test-system-for-detection-of-modified-allergen-residues-present-in-almond-cashew-coconut-hazelnut-and-soy-based-nondairy-beverages
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Jongkit Masiri, Lora Benoit, Mahzad Meshgi, Jeffrey Day, Cesar Nadala, Mansour Samadpour
A growing number of plant-based milk substitutes have become commercially available, providing an array of options for consumers with dietary restrictions. Though several of these products rival cow's milk in terms of their nutritional profiles, beverages prepared with soy and tree nuts can be a significant concern to consumers because of potential contamination with food allergens. Adding to this concern is the fact that allergen residues from plant-based beverages are modified during manufacturing, thereby decreasing the sensitivity of antibody-based detection methods...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219072/human-allergen-specific-igg-subclass-antibodies-measured-using-immunocap-technology
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Robert Movérare, Karin Blume, Peter Lind, René Crevel, Åsa Marknell DeWitt, Stella Cochrane
BACKGROUND: Knowledge of human IgG subclass antibody responses to various allergens has been hampered by a lack of reliable standardized assays. The aim here was to develop quantitative immunoassays for human IgG1, IgG2, and IgG3 antibodies using ImmunoCAP® technology and to evaluate their application. METHODS: Enzyme conjugates with isotype-specific monoclonal antibodies and calibrators composed of purified myeloma paraproteins were developed for each assay and used together with other standardized assay reagents for the Phadia® 100 instrument...
2017: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208072/identification-of-triosephosphate-isomerase-as-a-novel-allergen-in-octopus-fangsiao
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Yang Yang, Zhong-Wei Chen, Barry K Hurlburt, Gui-Ling Li, Yong-Xia Zhang, Dan-Xia Fei, Hai-Wang Shen, Min-Jie Cao, Guang-Ming Liu
Octopus is an important mollusk in human dietary for its nutritional value, however it also causes allergic reactions in humans. Major allergens from octopus have been identified, while the knowledge of novel allergens remains poor. In the present study, a novel allergen with molecular weight of 28kDa protein was purified from octopus (Octopus fangsiao) and identified as triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) by mass spectrometry. TIM aggregated beyond 45°C, and its IgE-binding activity was affected under extreme pH conditions due to the altered secondary structure...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201853/antigenic-cross-reactivity-between-schistosoma-mansoni-and-peanut-a-role-for-cross-reactive-carbohydrate-determinants-ccds-and-implications-for-the-hygiene-hypothesis
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Joseph E Igetei, Marwa El-Faham, Susan Liddell, Michael J Doenhoff
The antigenic reactivity of constituents of Schistosoma mansoni and peanut (Arachis hypogaea) was investigated to determine whether identical antigenic epitopes possessed by both organisms provided a possible explanation for the negative correlation between chronic schistosome infection and atopy to allergens. Aqueous extracts of peanuts were probed in Western immunoblots with rabbit IgG antibodies raised against the egg, cercarial and adult worm stages of S. mansoni. Several molecules in the peanut extract were antigenically reactive with antibodies from the various rabbit anti-schistosome sera...
April 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191711/bioinformatic-screening-and-detection-of-allergen-cross-reactive-ige-binding-epitopes
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Scott McClain
Protein allergens can be related by cross-reactivity. Allergens that share relevant sequence can cross-react, those lacking similarity in their IgE antibody-binding epitopes do not cross-react. Cross-reactivity is based on shared epitopes which is due to shared sequence and higher level structure (charge and shape). Epitopes can be important in predicting cross-reactivity potential and may provide the potential to establish criteria that identify homology among allergens. Selected allergen's IgE binding epitope sequences were used to determine how the FASTA algorithm could be used to identify a threshold of significance...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190487/measurement-of-allergen-specific-igg-in-serum-is-of-limited-value-for-the-management-of-dogs-diagnosed-with-cutaneous-adverse-food-reactions
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E A Hagen-Plantinga, M H G Leistra, J D Sinke, M W Vroom, H F J Savelkoul, W H Hendriks
Conflicting results have been reported in the literature in terms of the usefulness of serological testing for IgG against food allergens in dogs with cutaneous adverse food reaction (CAFR). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the suitability of a commercially available IgG ELISA for identifying food allergens in dogs, by challenging dogs with specific food ingredients, selected on the basis of IgG reactivity in serum samples. A total of 24 adult dogs with CAFR were enrolled into the study and 16 healthy dogs were included as a control group...
February 2017: Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161953/structure-of-the-major-apple-allergen-mal%C3%A2-d%C3%A2-1
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Linda Ahammer, Sarina Grutsch, Anna S Kamenik, Klaus R Liedl, Martin Tollinger
More than 70% of birch pollen-allergic patients develop allergic cross-reactions to the major allergen found in apple fruits (Malus domestica), the 17.5 kDa protein Mal d 1. Allergic reactions against this protein result from initial sensitization to the major allergen from birch pollen, Bet v 1. Immunologic cross-reactivity of Bet v 1-specific IgE antibodies with Mal d 1 after apple consumption can subsequently provoke severe oral allergic syndromes. This study presents the three-dimensional NMR solution structure of Mal d 1 (isoform Mal d 1...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154803/involvement-of-cross-reactive-carbohydrate-determinants-specific-ige-in-pollen-allergy-testing
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Hidenori Yokoi, Hiroshi Yoshitake, Yuma Matsumoto, Michitsugu Kawada, Yoshiki Takato, Kiyomi Shinagawa, Hiroyuki Sakurai, Koichiro Saito
BACKGROUND: Specific IgE antibodies against the low-molecular-weight carbohydrate antigen that does not bridge IgE molecules on mast cells are not associated with clinical symptoms. Cross reactivity can be determined in allergen-specific IgE detection assays when the carbohydrate structures between pollen allergens and plant derived food allergens are similar; in such cases, false positive results for grain or legume allergens can be reported for pollen allergic patients who are not sensitized to those allergens...
January 2017: Asia Pacific Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134842/microarray-technology-applied-to-human-allergic-disease
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REVIEW
Robert G Hamilton
IgE antibodies serve as the gatekeeper for the release of mediators from sensitized (IgE positive) mast cells and basophils following a relevant allergen exposure which can lead to an immediate-type hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction. Purified recombinant and native allergens were combined in the 1990s with state of the art chip technology to establish the first microarray-based IgE antibody assay. Triplicate spots to over 100 allergenic molecules are immobilized on an amine-activated glass slide to form a single panel multi-allergosorbent assay...
January 28, 2017: Microarrays
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132509/comparison-of-allergenicity-at-gly-m-4-and-gly-m-bd-30k-of-soybean-after-genetic-modification
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Jaw-Ji Tsai, Ching-Yun Chang, En-Chih Liao
Despite rapid growth of genetically modified (GM) crops, effective evaluations of genetic modification on allergenicity are still lacking. Gly m Bd 30K is cross-reactive with cow's milk protein casein, Gly m 4, and with birch pollen allergen Bet v 1. Here we compared the allergenicity between GM and non-GM soybeans with respect to the foci Gly m 4 and Gly m Bd 30K. Recombinant allergens of Gly m Bd 30K and Gly m 4 were generated and polyclonal antibodies raised to identify these two allergenic components in soybeans...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126622/purification-and-immunochemical-characterization-of-pla-l-2-the-profilin-from-plantago-lanceolata
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Raquel Moya, Virginia Rubio, Juan Mª Beitia, Jerónimo Carnés, M Angeles López-Matas
Profilins are small actin-binding proteins found in eukaryotes and involved in cell development, cytokinesis, membrane trafficking, and cell motility. From an allergenic point of view, profilins are panallergens usually involved in allergic polysensitization, although they are generally recognized as minor allergens. The objectives of this study were to identify and characterize the profilin from Plantago lanceolata pollen and to investigate the cross-reactivity between profilins from different pollen allergenic sources...
March 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117510/allergenicity-of-bony-and-cartilaginous-fish-molecular-and-immunological-properties
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REVIEW
J N Stephen, M F Sharp, T Ruethers, A Taki, D E Campbell, A L Lopata
Allergy to bony fish is common and probably increasing world-wide. The major heat-stable pan-fish allergen, parvalbumin (PV), has been identified and characterized for numerous fish species. In contrast, there are very few reports of allergic reactions to cartilaginous fish despite widespread consumption. The molecular basis for this seemingly low clinical cross-reactivity between these two fish groups has not been elucidated. PV consists of two distinct protein lineages, α and β. The α-lineage of this protein is predominant in muscle tissue of cartilaginous fish (Chondrichthyes), while β-PV is abundant in muscle tissue of bony fish (Osteichthyes)...
January 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093528/a-b-cell-epitope-peptide-derived-from-the-major-grass-pollen-allergen-phl-p-1-boosts-allergen-specific-secondary-antibody-responses-without-allergen-specific-t-cell-help
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Meena Narayanan, Raphaela Freidl, Margarete Focke-Tejkl, Ulrike Baranyi, Thomas Wekerle, Rudolf Valenta, Birgit Linhart
More than 40% of allergic patients suffer from grass pollen allergy. Phl p 1, the major timothy grass pollen allergen, belongs to the cross-reactive group 1 grass pollen allergens that are thought to initiate allergic sensitization to grass pollen. Repeated allergen encounter boosts allergen-specific IgE production and enhances clinical sensitivity in patients. To investigate immunological mechanisms underlying the boosting of allergen-specific secondary IgE Ab responses and the allergen epitopes involved, a murine model for Phl p 1 was established...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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