Journal article

Allergenicity of bony and cartilaginous fish - molecular and immunological properties

JN Stephen, MF Sharp, T Ruethers, A Taki, DE Campbell, AL Lopata

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL ALLERGY | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Allergy to bony fish is common and probably increasing world-wide. The major heat-stable pan-fish allergen, parvalbumin (PV), has been identified and characterized for numerous fish species. In contrast, there are very few reports of allergic reactions to cartilaginous fish despite widespread consumption. The molecular basis for this seemingly low clinical cross-reactivity between these two fish groups has not been elucidated. PV consists of two distinct protein lineages, α and β. The α-lineage of this protein is predominant in muscle tissue of cartilaginous fish (Chondrichthyes), while β-PV is abundant in muscle tissue of bony fish (Osteichthyes). The low incidence of allergic reactions to ..

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