A non-allergenic Ole e 1-like protein from birch pollen as a tool to design hypoallergenic vaccine candidates

Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, Facultad de Química, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid, Spain.
Molecular Immunology (Impact Factor: 2.97). 02/2012; 50(1-2):83-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.molimm.2011.12.006
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Recombinant DNA technology offers several approaches to convert allergens into hypoallergenic derivatives that can represent the basis of novel, safer and more effective forms of allergy vaccines. In this context, we used a new strategy for the design of a hypoallergenic derivative of Ole e 1, the main allergen of olive pollen. By screening a cDNA library from birch pollen, the clone BB18, encoding the birch counterpart of Ole e 1, was identified. In this study, BB18 has been produce in Pichia pastoris as a recombinant protein and immunologically characterized. The well-established non-allergenic properties of BB18 were used to generate a genetic variant of Ole e 1, named OB(55-58), by site-direct mutagenesis of four residues (E(55)V(56)G(57)Y(58)) in an IgE/IgG epitope of Ole e 1 by the corresponding ones in BB18 (SDSE). OB(55-58) was expressed in P. pastoris, purified to homogeneity and analyzed for IgE-reactivity by means of ELISA using sera from olive pollen allergic patients and rat basophil activation assay. T cell reactivity was assayed in a mouse model of Ole e 1 sensitization. The mutant OB(55-58) exhibited an impaired IgE reactivity, but not affected T cell reactivity, compared to wild type rOle e 1. This study emphasizes the usefulness of BB18 as a tool for epitope mapping and for engineering hypoallergenic derivatives of Ole e 1 as vaccine candidates for allergy prevention and treatment.

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    • "The well-established non-allergenic properties of BB18 were used to generate a genetic variant of Ole e1, named OB 55-58 , by site-direct mutagenesis of four residues (E55V56G57Y58) in an IgE/IgG epitope of Ole e1 by the corresponding ones in BB18 (SDSE). (Marazuela et al., 2012). Their results support the usefulness of BB18 for both epitope mapping of Ole e1 and engineering hypoallergenic derivatives of this allergen as for example the mutant OB55-58, which fulfills the requisites for a suitable hypoallergenic molecule. "
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