Monika Krebitz

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Natural rubber latex allergy is an IgE-mediated disease that is caused by proteins that elute from commercial latex products. A complementary DNA (cDNA) coding for Hev b 9, an enolase (2-phospho-D-glycerate hydrolyase) and allergen from latex of the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis, was amplified by PCR. The PCR primers were designed according to conserved(More)
IgE-mediated hypersensitivity to latex proteins present in health care products, particularly in latex gloves, has become an important public health problem in recent years. We purified natural Hev b 7, a 43-kDa patatin-like allergen from the latex of Hevea brasiliensis and determined several internal peptide sequences. A heterologous hybridization probe of(More)
BACKGROUND Two natural rubber latex proteins, Hev b 1 and Hev b 3, have been described in spina bifida (SB)-associated latex allergy. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to clone and express Hev b 3 and to obtain the immunologic active and soluble recombinant allergen for diagnosis of SB-associated latex allergy. METHODS A complementary DNA (cDNA)(More)
Mal d 2 is a thaumatin-like protein and important allergen of apple fruits that is associated with IgE-mediated symptoms in apple allergic individuals. We obtained a full-length cDNA clone of Mal d 2 from RNA isolated from ripe apple (Malus domestica cv. Golden Delicious). The cDNA's open reading frame encodes a protein of 246 amino acid residues including(More)
Avocado, the fruit of the tropical tree Persea americana, is a source of allergens that can elicit diverse IgE-mediated reactions including anaphylaxis in sensitized individuals. We characterized a 32-kDa major avocado allergen, Prs a 1, which is recognized by 15 out of 20 avocado- and/or latex-allergic patients. Natural Prs a 1 was purified, and its(More)
The 43-kD latex allergen Hev b 7 was purified from the latex of Hevea brasiliensis and identified by N-terminal and internal peptide sequences as highly homologous to patatins. Patatins are storage proteins encoded by a multigene family found in plants such as potato and tomato. We have obtained a cDNA clone coding for a cytoplasmic form of Hev b 7. The(More)
BACKGROUND Allergy to tree nuts, like hazelnuts, ranks among the most frequently observed food allergies. These allergies can start at early childhood and are, in contrast to other food allergies, not always outgrown by the patient. Tree nut allergy is frequently associated with severe reactions. Diagnosis partially relies on in vivo testing by means of a(More)
BACKGROUND Food allergy to apple is frequent in individuals allergic to tree pollen. The major allergens of birch, Bet v 1, and apple, Mal d 1, have been cloned and sequenced and display a high degree of sequence identity, leading to IgE cross-reactivity. OBJECTIVE We sought to investigate cross-reactivity between Bet v 1 and Mal d 1 at the level of(More)
BACKGROUND Type I allergies are immunological disorders that afflict a quarter of the world's population. Recombinant allergens have improved the diagnosis of allergic diseases and allow the formulation of new therapeutic approaches. Over 50% of all allergens are of plant origin. OBJECTIVE We have applied a novel method of overexpressing plant allergens(More)