Immediate‐type hypersensitivity to pyridoxal 5′‐phosphate: Study of in vivo and in vitro cross‐reactivity and identification of the antigenic determinant

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Allergology International (Impact Factor: 2.46). 06/2008; 50(3):231 - 238. DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1592.2001.00224.x


Background: A case in which a 45-year-old female patient with peritonitis experienced immediate-type hypersensitivity on two occasions after administration of preparations containing six different medications was referred to us for closer inspection.Methods/Results: Skin tests performed on the six medications revealed a positive reaction to the vitamin B6 preparation Biosechs (Wakamoto Pharmaceutical, Tokyo, Japan). Further investigation showed that the principal ingredient, pyridoxal 5′-phosphate (PLP), produced a positive reaction, whereas the injection solvent with the principal ingredient removed produced a negative reaction. When compounds similar to PLP were tested, pyridoxine (PN), pyridoxamine and pyridoxal produced a negative reaction, whereas pyridoxine 5′-phosphate and pyridoxamine 5′-phosphate (PMP) produced a positive reaction. Adenosine 2′-phosphate and adenosine 5′-diphosphate were also tested and these produced a negative reaction. When a histamine-release test was performed, PLP and PMP produced a positive reaction, whereas PN produced a negative reaction. When all tests were performed on three control subjects, the results were all negative.Conclusions: In this very rare case, phosphate radical conjugates with a pyridine nucleus became haptenic-epitope and an immediate-type reaction occurred. In past cases involving hypersensitivity to vitamin B6, two cases involved a photoallergic reaction caused by PN and one case involved an immediate-type hypersensitivity caused by PLP. In the past cases, closely related substances had not been tested and an epitope was not identified.

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