Daniela Roncarolo

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BACKGROUND Lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are small molecules of approximately 10 kD that demonstrate high stability. They have recently been identified as allergens in the Rosaceae subfamilies of the Prunoideae (peach, apricot, plum) and of the Pomoideae (apple). They belong to a family of structurally highly conserved proteins that are also present in(More)
BACKGROUND Lipid transfer protein (LTP) is a widely cross-reacting plant pan-allergen. Adverse reactions to Rosaceae, tree nuts, peanut, beer, maize, mustard, asparagus, grapes, mulberry, cabbage, dates, orange, fig, kiwi, lupine, fennel, celery, tomato, eggplant, lettuce, chestnut and pineapple have been recorded. OBJECTIVE To detect vegetable foods to(More)
BACKGROUND Allergy to crustacean shellfish is one of the most common IgE-mediated food allergies, and tropomyosin has been identified as the major allergen. However, not all subjects affected by this allergy are IgE-positive to tropomyosin. AIMS To evaluate whether sera of patients with shrimp allergy but negative for tropomyosin react to other(More)
BACKGROUND Due to unclear reasons, allergy to lipid transfer protein (LTP) is frequent in Mediterranean countries but rare in Northern Europe. OBJECTIVE We report a paradigmatic case of primarily airborne sensitization to LTP that might explain the geographical distribution of this type of food allergy. METHODS A 21-year-old woman began having severe(More)
BACKGROUND Cupressaceae (cypress) pollens can cause pollinosis in winter. However, the lack of specific commercial extracts combined with the early pollination period of cypress trees make a precise diagnosis difficult. The need for a reliable and effective cypress extract for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes is increasingly felt. METHODS Mixed or(More)
BACKGROUND A proper classification of patients allergic to plant-derived foods is of pivotal importance because the clinical features of allergic reactions to fruits and vegetables depend on the nature and characteristics of proteins responsible for sensitization. However, in normal clinical settings this is presently impossible. OBJECTIVE We sought to(More)
BACKGROUND Lipid transfer proteins (LTP) are highly conserved and widely distributed throughout the plant kingdom. Recent studies demonstrated immunological cross-reactivity between LTP from many botanically unrelated fruits and vegetables and concluded that LTP are pan-allergens. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical relevance of such cross-reactivity(More)
Bovine and human hydatid antigens collected from hepatic cysts and characterized by SDS-PAGE immunoblotting show similar patterns. The bovine hydatid antigen has been used to develop a simple and fast in vitro diagnostic assay for human hydatidosis. This method, named HA-DIA (hydatid antigen dot immunobinding assay), consists of incubation of a serum sample(More)