Pyroglyphid House Dust Mite Allergens

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Mites of the family Pyroglyphidae are the most important source of house dust mite allergens. A small number of allergens, namely those of groups 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 constitute the known major and mid-potency specificities, with possible important contributions of the groups 11, 14 and 15 requiring further definition. Most of the allergens can be identified by sequence homologies and the structures of the major allergens have been solved. There are however challenges in determining the nature of the group 5 and 7 allergens and in obtaining detailed structures of the significant allergens to be used for genetic engineering.

Keywords: Dermatophagoides; House dust mite; allergens; allergy; polymorphism; structure

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: October 1, 2007

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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