Mutational analysis of amino acid positions crucial for IgE-binding epitopes of the major apple (Malus domestica) allergen, Mal d 1

Ma, Y. and Gadermaier, G. and Bohle, B. and Bolhaar, S. and Knulst, A. and Markovic-Housley, Z. and Breiteneder, H. and Briza, P. and Hoffmann-Sommergruber, K. and Ferreira, F.. (2006) Mutational analysis of amino acid positions crucial for IgE-binding epitopes of the major apple (Malus domestica) allergen, Mal d 1. International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, 139 (1). pp. 53-62.

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Background: Individual amino acid residues of the major birch pollen allergen, Bet v 1, have been identified to be crucial for IgE recognition. The objective of the present study was to evaluate whether this concept was applicable for the Bet v 1-homologous apple allergen, Mal d 1. Methods: A Mal d 1 five-point mutant was produced by PCR techniques, cloned into pMW 172 and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) cells. To evaluate the allergenic properties of the engineered protein compared to Mal d 1 wild-type IgE immunoblotting, ELISA, peripheral blood monocytes proliferation assays, and skin prick tests were performed. Results: The Mal d 1 mutant showed reduced capacity to bind specific IgE as compared to wild-type Mal d 1 in in vitro assays in the majority of the sera tested. In ELISA, 10 out of 14 serum samples displayed an 88-30% decrease in IgE binding to Mal d 1 mutant compared to wild-type Mal d 1. Skin prick tests in apple-allergic patients (n = 2) confirmed the markedly decreased ability of the Mal d 1 mutant to induce allergic reactions in vivo. However, the relevant T cell epitopes were present in the mutated molecule according to peripheral blood mononuclear cell proliferation assays. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that it is possible to modulate the IgE-binding properties of allergens by single amino acid substitutions at crucial positions which might be useful for future immunotherapy of birch-pollen-associated food allergies which are not ameliorated by birch pollen immunotherapy. Copyright (C) 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Structural Biology (Schirmer)
UniBasel Contributors:Schirmer, Tilman and Housley-Markovic, Zora
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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