IgE Reactivity Pattern to Timothy and Birch Pollen Allergens in Finnish and Russian KareliaMovérare R.a · Petäys T.b · Vartiainen E.c · Haahtela T.b
aPharmacia Diagnostics AB and Uppsala University, Department of Medical Sciences, Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Uppsala, Sweden; bHelsinki University Central Hospital, Division of Allergy, and cDepartment of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki, Finland
Do you have an account?
- Rent for 48h to view
- Buy Cloud Access for unlimited viewing via different devices
- Synchronizing in the ReadCube Cloud
- Printing and saving restrictions apply
Rental: USD 8.50
Cloud: USD 20.00
Article / Publication Details
Background: Little is known about differences in IgE reactivity patterns to individual allergens in random populations. We studied the IgE reactivity profile to individual recombinant (r) and native (n) allergens in sera from subjects sensitized to timothy and/or birch pollen living in Finnish and Russian Karelia. Methods: Sera from IgE-sensitized adults were obtained from an epidemiological study on a random sample of 1,177 subjects. The IgE reactivity to pollen extracts and eight timothy (rPhl p 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12 and nPhl p 4) and three birch pollen allergens (rBet v 1, 2 and 4) were analyzed with UniCAP®. Results: The levels of IgE antibodies to timothy and birch pollen were higher in Finnish (median 5.2, range 0.35 to >100 kUA/l,) than in Russian Karelia (median 1.8 kUA/l, range 0.43–25.2 kUA/l, p < 0.01). There was a significantly higher prevalence of IgE reactivity to three timothy pollen allergens in Finnish (n = 57) than in Russian Karelia (n = 12): rPhl p 2, 28 vs. 0%; rPhl p 5, 60 vs. 0%; rPhl p 6, 47 vs. 0%. The prevalence of IgE reactivity to the birch pollen allergens was similar in the two populations. IgE reactivity to rPhl p 2, 5, 6 and 11 was associated with hay fever symptoms. The timothy-pollen-specific serum IgE levels and the numbers of IgE reactivities to individual allergens correlated significantly (rs = 0.87, p < 0.0001). Conclusions: The data indicate that timothy- and birch pollen-specific IgE levels are higher in Finnish compared to Russian Karelia. This is reflected in wider IgE reactivity to individual timothy pollen allergens in Finnish Karelia, including the major allergen Phl p 5, and increased pollen allergy.
© 2005 S. Karger AG, Basel
Article / Publication Details
Copyright / Drug Dosage / DisclaimerCopyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.