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86th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

13.05. - 16.05.2015, Berlin

Separation and identification of new celery allergens – Results from the EAACI Omics Allergy School Greifswald

Meeting Abstract

  • Franziska Auge - HNO-Klinik Greifswald, Greifswald
  • Katrin Darm - HNO-Klinik Greifswald, Greifswald
  • Serena O'Neil - HNO-Klinik Greifswald, Greifswald
  • Laura L. Rethschulte - HNO-Klinik Greifswald, Greifswald
  • corresponding author Christian Scharf - HNO-Klinik Greifswald, Greifswald

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie. 86. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie. Berlin, 13.-16.05.2015. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2015. Doc15hnod069

doi: 10.3205/15hnod069, urn:nbn:de:0183-15hnod0695

Published: March 26, 2015

© 2015 Auge et al.
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Background: Allergy to Apium graveolens is one of the more severe food allergies. Six celery allergens have been characterised, Api g 1- 6, while additional allergens have characterised from other members of the Magnoliospida class, including kiwi, peanut and ragweed, suggesting homologous allergens may also be present in celery. The participants of the EAACI Omics Allergy School 2013 were provided with celery bulb and leaf extracts for two dimensional separation and immunoblotting.

Method: Two dimensional electrophoresis was used to separate the bulb and stalk protein extracts of two strains of celery. Allergenic proteins were detected using sera from a celery allergic patient.

Results: Hundreds of celery bulb and stalk proteins were separated using 2DE, using both silver stain and fluorescent labelling for increased sensitivity. The protein profile of two celery strains were distinctly different. A similar IgE binding pattern was observed to the bulb of the two strains of celery with 20-30 spots detected, while the binding pattern of the leaves of the two strains differed. Proteins have been identified by MALDI-ToF-MS/MS and by nanoLC-ESI-MS/MS, with a de novo-sequencing approach used for protein identification due to limited protein sequences for celery.

Conclusion: Allergy School participants were able to contribute to the separation of celery extracts and to the identification of new celery allergens.

Participants of the EAACI Omics Allergy School Greifswald: Acevedo Caballero N., Babusikova E., Bastiaan-Net S., Blom L., Cortez e Castro M., Golebski K., Kacprzak D., Lässer C., Li C.W., Mie A., Pniewska E., Remsik J., Sharma V., Sukasem C., van den Elzen M., Wirz O., Wu J., Yan Y.

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