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Internet Symposium on Food Allergens Vol.1 No.3 (1999)


Welcome to the Internet Symposium on Food Allergens,

The third issue of the Internet Symposium presents two Allergen Data Collections of Type I allergies predominantly distributed on the nothern hemisphere. This is due to the two inhabitants of that region codfish and apple cross-reactive birch tree, respectively. The major allergen Gad c 1 from Codfish (Gadus morhua) was the first allergen to be isolated as a pure protein fraction in 1971. Further characterization of Gad c 1 at the molecular level of B-cell epitopes was certainly essential for future directions in allergy research. The second data collection is on one of the major foods involved in so-called "Oral Allergy Syndrome": Apple (Malus domestica). Structural similarities of allergens involved in allergy to pollen and fruits and vegetables may explain the high association between aero sensitization and ingestive sensitivity. The structure and biological function of allergens may also enhance the sensitization process as covered by the Mini-Review on enzymic properties of pollen allergens (Structure and Function Can Determine Important Features in Allergenicity: Investigations on the Group I Allergens of the Grasses).

Reprints or files (html or pdf formats) of the Internet Symposium on Food Allergens and selected articles or data collections could be requested online. Moreover the free Journal Index by eMail is now available. This service provides an overview of titles and citation data of currently published papers from the leading allergy and food science related journals on a monthly basis. Please submit any comments, proposals or corrections regarding the Internet Symposium either by e-mail or using the comment form.

Matthias Besler

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