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Allergy. 2013 Feb;68(2):249-51. doi: 10.1111/all.12073. Epub 2012 Dec 4.

Understanding the molecular sensitization for Cypress pollen and peach in the Languedoc-Roussillon area.

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Département de Pneumologie, University Hospital of Montpellier, Hôpital Arnaud de Villeneuve and INSERM U657 - EA2415, Montpellier, France.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cypress allergy is a typical winter pollinosis and the most frequent one in the South of France. Main symptoms are rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and asthma. Peach allergy is common too in Southern Europe. Allergic cross-reactions between cypress and peach have been reported, including an oral allergy syndrome. We wanted to investigate whether a cross-reactive allergen between cypress and peach might be responsible for the observed clinical association.

METHODS:

We analyzed 127 patients included over a 3-month period, outside the pollen season, and we dosed specific IgE levels, for selected, individual allergens.

RESULTS:

Patients sensitized to peach were mainly positive for the peach-nonspecific lipid-transfer protein.

CONCLUSIONS:

Profilins or thaumatins could not explain the observed clinical association between cypress and peach.

PMID:
23205629
DOI:
10.1111/all.12073
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