Janet M. Dewdney

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A survey of the prevalence of laboratory animal allergy to rats, mice, guinea pigs and rabbits among sixty-nine animal workers and 308 other subjects on a pharmaceutical research site revealed a 22% prevalence of laboratory animal allergy among the animal workers. The overall prevalence of atopy was 67% in persons with allergy to laboratory animals. This(More)
The synthesis and characterisation of three novel reagents for use in the radioallergosorbent test (RAST) for the diagnosis of penicillin allergy are described. The antigenic determinants involved are the benzyl penicillanyl, thiol-linked benzyl penicillenate and thiol-linked penicillamine. These reagents, and also one specific for the benzyl penicilloyl(More)
A radioimmunoassay method for the detection of human IgG antibodies to laboratory animal urinary proteins has been developed using partially purified protein fractions prepared from crude urine extracts by gel filtration. The proteins from the four species, mouse, rat, guinea pig and rabbit, were labelled with 125I and used in an antigen binding assay(More)
The use of inhibition radioimmunoassays for the measurement of penicilloylated proteins in biological fluids is compromised by the dominant influence of hapten density. Precise quantitation, and therefore assessment of antigenicity and immunogenicity, cannot be achieved in the absence of knowledge of the number and distribution of haptenic groups on the(More)
Sera from 125 patients receiving mean total doses of beta-lactam therapy of 215 g over a mean of 14 days were assayed by radioimmunoassay. Titres of anti-penicilloyl antibodies, expressed in arbitrary units of specific IgG per microliter of serum (u/microliter), ranged from undetectable (less than 3 u/microliter) to 1,650 u/microliter. There was a higher(More)
Casella Simquad air samplers, with 0.5 microM cut-off filters, were employed to sample the air in a laboratory animal house environment. The extracts obtained were assayed for laboratory animal urinary protein allergens using the inhibition radioallergosorbent test (RAST inhibition). The results showed that the collection and assay methods were of value and(More)