Presence of Fel d 1 - IgE immune complexes in sera from cat allergic individuals
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Background: We have recently reported the presence of immune complexes (IC) with the inhalant allergen Fel d I, in serum samples from cat allergic children. It was not entirely excluded however that these findings were due to the presence of human antibodies against cat serum albumin. The objective of this work was to confirm the presence of the major cat allergen Fel d I in complexes with IgE and to assess the specificity of the human IgE antibodies to cat allergen.
Methods: Serum samples from 27 cat allergic children were investigated. For the detection of Fel d 1-IgE IC, a chemiluminescent immunoassay was modified by coupling an anti-Fel d I monoclonal antibody to paramagnetic particles. Levels of IgE antibodies to cat allergens were determined by chemiluminiscense and RAST, and IgG4 antibody levels by RAST.
Results: Fifteen samples contained IgE-Fel d I IC. The levels of IC correlated with the levels of specific lgE antibodies to cat allergen correlated (r=0.48; p<0.05). All the samples of the 27 cat allergic children contained IgE and IgG4 antibodies against cat allergen, while IgE and IgG4 antibodies to cat serum were only demonstrated in 4/27 (14 %) and 6/27 (22%) samples respectively. Conclusions: Immune complexes with the major cat allergen, Fel d I, were commonly present in serum samples from cat allergic children.
Allergen, Fel d 1, cat serum albumin, IgE, IgG, IgG4, immune complex
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80113OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80113DiVA: diva2:545667