IgE versus IgG4 epitopes of the peanut allergen Ara h 1 in patients with severe allergy

Katrine Lindholm Bøgh, H. Nielsen, T. Eiwegger, Charlotte Bernhard Madsen, E. N. C. Mills, N. M. Rigby, Z. Szepfalusi, E. L. Roggen

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Background: Development and maintenance of tolerance to food allergens appears to be associated with alterations in antigen specific IgE and IgG4 responses. Previous studies have focused only on comparing IgE and IgG4 linear epitope recognition patterns but take no account of conformational epitopes. Objective: The aim of this study was to compare Ara h 1-specific IgE and IgG4 epitope recognition patterns in patients with severe peanut allergy, applying a method allowing for identification of both linear and conformational epitopes. Methods: Polyclonal sera from three individual patients, suffering from severe allergic reaction to peanuts, including anaphylaxis, were used to analyse the IgE and IgG4 epitope recognition patterns of the major peanut allergen Ara h 1. Epitope identification was conducted by competitive immuno-screening of a phage-displayed random heptamer peptide library. Resulting epitope-mimicking sequences were aligned for identification of consensus sequences and localised on the surface of the Ara h 1 molecule by a computer-based algorithm. Results: All epitope-mimicking sequences identified were found to correspond to conformational epitopes. Each individual patient had his/her own distinct IgE as well as IgG4 epitope recognition profile, though some important IgE epitopes were common to all patients. In general the IgG4 epitope pattern was more heterogeneous than the IgE pattern, did not coincide with IgE epitopes and had a lower affinity than IgE. Conclusions: This study demonstrated the usefulness of the phage-display technology in distinguishing between the epitope pattern of IgE and IgG4, giving detailed information on fine specificity and affinity. Competitive immuno-screening of phage-display random peptide libraries could be a future valuable tool to study the balance and dynamics of the IgE and IgG4 epitope recognition repertoire and provide a diagnostic tool giving information on the associated allergic phenotype. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular Immunology
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)169-176
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Antigens, Plant
  • Epitope Mapping
  • Epitopes
  • Glycoproteins
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin E
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Molecular Mimicry
  • Peanut Hypersensitivity
  • Plant Proteins
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Ara h 1 protein, Arachis hypogaea
  • 37341-29-0 Immunoglobulin E
  • peanut allergy Peanut Hypersensitivity (MeSH) immune system disease
  • Primates Mammalia Vertebrata Chordata Animalia (Animals, Chordates, Humans, Mammals, Primates, Vertebrates) - Hominidae [86215] human common
  • IgE
  • IgE epitope
  • IgG4
  • IgG4 epitope
  • peanut allergen Ara h 1 allergen
  • 10006, Clinical biochemistry - General methods and applications
  • 10064, Biochemistry studies - Proteins, peptides and amino acids
  • 13502, Food technology - General and methods
  • 15002, Blood - Blood and lymph studies
  • 15004, Blood - Blood cell studies
  • 34502, Immunology - General and methods
  • 34508, Immunology - Immunopathology, tissue immunology
  • 35500, Allergy
  • Allied Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Immunology, Human Medicine, Medical Sciences
  • serum blood and lymphatics
  • computer-based algorithm mathematical and computer techniques
  • phage-display technology laboratory techniques, genetic techniques
  • Allergy
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Foods
  • Peanut allergy
  • Ara h 1
  • Phage-display
  • epitope
  • food allergen
  • immunoglobulin E
  • immunoglobulin G4
  • peanut allergen Ara h 1
  • unclassified drug
  • amino acid composition
  • amino acid sequence
  • antibody affinity
  • antibody response
  • antigen purification
  • antigen recognition
  • article
  • biopanning
  • consensus sequence
  • controlled study
  • enzyme linked immunosorbent assay
  • epitope mapping
  • human
  • human tissue
  • peanut allergy
  • peptide library
  • phage display
  • priority journal
  • sequence alignment

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