Individuals with birch pollen allergy frequently experience hypersensitivity reactions to certain foods, primarily because of IgE antibodies specific for the major birch pollen allergen Bet v 1 that cross-react with homologous food allergens.
We sought to characterize the major T-cell epitopes of Bet v 1 and to investigate their involvement in the cellular cross-reactivity with homologous food allergens.
T-cell epitope mapping of Bet v 1 was performed by testing Bet v 1-specific T-cell lines derived from 57 individuals with birch pollen allergy, with overlapping peptides representing the entire allergen. T-cell lines and T-cell clones were stimulated with Bet v 1-related major allergens from apple (Mal d 1), cherry (Pru av 1), hazelnut (Cor a 1), celery (Api g 1), carrot (Dau c 1), and soybean (Gly m 4) and with peptides deduced from the C-terminal amino acid sequences of these molecules. Results Bet v 1 142-156 , positioned in the highly conserved C-terminal region of Bet v 1, was identified as the major T-cell epitope recognized by 61% of individuals. Most T lymphocytes specific for Bet v 1 142-156 were activated by one or more homologous food proteins or the respective peptides, as indicated by proliferation and cytokine production.
The major T-cell epitope of Bet v 1, Bet v 1 142-156 , plays an important role in the cellular cross-reactivity between this respiratory allergen and related food allergens. Thus T lymphocytes specific for Bet v 1 142-156 might be activated by various Bet v 1-related food allergens in vivo, even out of the pollen season.
"Blood samples were analyzed in an anonymous manner after informed written consent was obtained from the allergic individuals with approval of the local ethics committee, Medical University of Vienna, Austria (EK number 028/2006). Allergen-specific TCLs were generated by stimulating peripheral blood mononuclear cells (1.5×106) with 50 µg/ml BP extract, as previously described . TCLs were stimulated with varying concentrations of Bet v 1.0101, mock-Bet v 1.0101 and nitro-Bet v 1.0101 (0.625–5 µg/ml), or unmodified and nitrated peptide. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Allergy prevalence has increased in industrialized countries. One contributing factor could be pollution, which can cause nitration of allergens exogenously (in the air) or endogenously (in inflamed lung tissue). We investigated the impact of nitration on both the structural and immunological behavior of the major birch pollen allergen Bet v 1.0101 to determine whether nitration might be a factor in the increased incidence of allergy. Bet v 1.0101 was nitrated with tetranitromethane. Immune effects were assessed by measuring the proliferation of specific T-cell lines (TCLs) upon stimulation with different concentrations of nitrated and unmodified allergen, and by measurement of cytokine release of monocyte-derived dendritic cells (moDCs) and primary DCs (primDCs) stimulated with nitrated versus unmodified allergen. HPLC-MS, crystallography, gel electrophoresis, amino acid analysis, size exclusion chromatography and molecular dynamics simulation were performed to characterize structural changes after nitration of the allergen. The proliferation of specific TCLs was higher upon stimulation with the nitrated allergen in comparison to the unmodified allergen. An important structural consequence of nitration was oligomerization. Moreover, analysis of the crystal structure of nitrated Bet v 1.0101 showed that amino acid residue Y83, located in the hydrophobic cavity, was nitrated to 100%. Both moDCs and primDCs showed decreased production of TH1-priming cytokines, thus favoring a TH2 response. These results implicate that nitration of Bet v 1.0101 might be a contributing factor to the observed increase in birch pollen allergy, and emphasize the importance of protein modifications in understanding the molecular basis of allergenicity.
PLoS ONE 08/2014; 9(8):e104520. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0104520 · 3.23 Impact Factor
"Therefore, we engineered a pollen-food chimer, composed of the Bet v 1 protein as scaffold for linkage of the immunodominant T cell epitopes of Api g 1 and Dau c 1 (Fig. 3A). Of notice, these immunodominant T cell epitopes in mice are located in regions of the dominant T cell sequences of humans with BPRFA , . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Among birch pollen allergic patients up to 70% develop allergic reactions to Bet v 1-homologue food allergens such as Api g 1 (celery) or Dau c 1 (carrot), termed as birch pollen-related food allergy. In most cases, specific immunotherapy with birch pollen extracts does not reduce allergic symptoms to the homologue food allergens. We therefore genetically engineered a multi-allergen chimer and tested if mucosal treatment with this construct could represent a novel approach for prevention of birch pollen-related food allergy.
BALB/c mice were poly-sensitized with a mixture of Bet v 1, Api g 1 and Dau c 1 followed by a sublingual challenge with carrot, celery and birch pollen extracts. For prevention of allergy sensitization an allergen chimer composed of immunodominant T cell epitopes of Api g 1 and Dau c 1 linked to the whole Bet v 1 allergen, was intranasally applied prior to sensitization.
Intranasal pretreatment with the allergen chimer led to significantly decreased antigen-specific IgE-dependent β-hexosaminidase release, but enhanced allergen-specific IgG2a and IgA antibodies. Accordingly, IL-4 levels in spleen cell cultures and IL-5 levels in restimulated spleen and cervical lymph node cell cultures were markedly reduced, while IFN-γ levels were increased. Immunomodulation was associated with increased IL-10, TGF-β and Foxp3 mRNA levels in NALT and Foxp3 in oral mucosal tissues. Treatment with anti-TGF-β, anti-IL10R or anti-CD25 antibodies abrogated the suppression of allergic responses induced by the chimer.
Our results indicate that mucosal application of the allergen chimer led to decreased Th2 immune responses against Bet v 1 and its homologue food allergens Api g 1 and Dau c 1 by regulatory and Th1-biased immune responses. These data suggest that mucosal treatment with a multi-allergen vaccine could be a promising treatment strategy to prevent birch pollen-related food allergy.
PLoS ONE 06/2012; 7(6):e39409. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0039409 · 3.23 Impact Factor
"PR10 proteins show a high degree of amino acid sequence identity with the birch pollen allergens of the Bet v 1 family and are the most important elicitors of pollen-related food allergy. Approximately 90% of patients allergic to birch pollen have IgE antibodies against Bet v 1 (Jahn-Schmid et al. 2005). Carrot (Daucus carota) allergy is also a common phenomenon in patients with birch pollen allergy. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pathogenesis-related protein-10 (PR10) is a ubiquitous small plant protein induced by microbial pathogens and abiotic stress that adversely contributes to the allergenic potency of many fruits and vegetables, including carrot. In this plant, two highly similar genes encoding PR10 isoforms have been isolated and designated as allergen Dau c 1.01 and Dau c 1.02. The aim of the study was to generate PR10-reduced hypoallergenic carrots by silencing either one of these genes in transgenic carrots by means of RNA interference (RNAi). The efficiency of gene silencing by stably expressed hairpin RNA (hnRNA) was documented by means of quantitative RT-PCR (qPCR) and immunoblotting. Quantification of the residual protein revealed that PR10 accumulation was strongly decreased compared with untransformed controls. Treatment of carrot plants with the PR protein-inducing chemical salicylic acid resulted in an increase of PR10 isoforms only in wild-type but not in Dau c 1-silenced mutants. The decrease of the allergenic potential in Dau c 1-silenced plants was sufficient to cause a reduced allergenic reactivity in patients with carrot allergy, as determined with skin prick tests (SPT). However, simultaneous silencing of multiple allergens will be required to design hypoallergenic carrots for the market. Our findings demonstrate the feasibility of creating low-allergenic food by using RNAi. This constitutes a reasonable approach to allergen avoidance.
Transgenic Research 06/2011; 20(3):547-56. DOI:10.1007/s11248-010-9435-0 · 2.32 Impact Factor
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