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Recombinant Allergens for Immunotherapy

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Many of the problems associated with using natural allergenic products for allergy diagnosis and treatment can be overcome using genetically engineered recombinant allergens. Over the past 10 years, the most important allergens from mites, pollens, animal dander, insects, and foods have been cloned, sequenced, and expressed. Allergens have diverse biological functions (they may be enzymes, enzyme inhibitors, lipocalins, or structural proteins). High-level expression systems have been developed to produce recombinant allergens in bacteria, yeast, or insect cells. Recombinant allergens show comparable immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody binding to natural allergens and show excellent reactivity on skin testing and in in vitro diagnostic tests. Recombinant allergens will enable innovative new strategies for allergen immunotherapy to be developed. These include peptide-based vaccines, engineered hypoallergens with reduced reactivity for IgE antibodies, nucleotide-conjugated vaccines that promote Th1 responses, and the possibility of developing prophylactic allergen vaccines.
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Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: 01 January 2002

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

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