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Monoclonal Antibodies Raised against the Major Apple Allergen, Mal d 1, are Useful Tools for Epitope Studies

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Mal d 1, the major apple allergen shows strong cross-reactivity with IgE specific for the major birch pollen allergen, Bet v 1, and is responsible for birch pollen related food allergy to apple. In contrast to other food and pollen allergens, only a few data on the B-cell epitopes of Mal d 1 are available. To obtain data on the antibody binding epitopes of Mal d 1 and to gain insights to the structures responsible for its B-cell cross-reactivity to Bet v 1, the binding characteristics were studied with 3 monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) raised against Mal d 1 and with patients' IgE directed against Mal d 1 and Bet v 1 by immunoblotting and ELISA. The different binding characteristics of these three MAbs indicated that the MAbs 1D6, 2B2 and 3F8 recognized different epitopes on the major apple allergen. MAb 2B2 cross-reacted with Bet v 1 on immunoblots, whereas 1D6 and 3F8 did not. Since 1D6 and 2B2 (but not 3F8) always competed with IgE from the same apple-allergic patients, 1D6 may be a useful tool for Mal d 1 epitope studies and 2B2 for an epitope that cross-reacts with IgE specific for Bet v 1.
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Keywords: ALLERGEN; APPLE; EPITOPES

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan Universitity School of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea 2: The University of Jena, Department of Clinical Immunology, Jena, Germany 3: Borstel Research Center, Department of Allergology, Borstel, Germany 4: Department of Allergology, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Langen, Germany

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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