Alpha amylase is a major allergenic component in occupational asthma patients caused by porcine pancreatic extract.

@article{Park2002AlphaAI,
  title={Alpha amylase is a major allergenic component in occupational asthma patients caused by porcine pancreatic extract.},
  author={Hyungbin Park and Hee-Yeon Kim and Y A Suh and Soo-Jin Lee and Soo-Keol Lee and Sun-Sin Kim and Dong-ho Nahm},
  journal={The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma},
  year={2002},
  volume={39 6},
  pages={511-6}
}
Porcine pancreatic extracts (PPE) are composed of alpha-amylase and lipase, which are common components of digestive enzymes. They have been known to cause occupational asthma in exposed workers in pharmaceutical and baking industries, as well as in a laboratory technician, but there has been no report of PPE-induced occupational asthma in medical personnel and their IgE binding components to each component. Four asthmatic subjects showing positive results on PPE-bronchoprovocation testing were… CONTINUE READING

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