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Animal food allergens unmasked
Date:10/14/2007

rs analysed milk from rabbits, rats and camels as well as sheep, goats, cows and horses.

In previous analyses of plant food allergens published in 2005, the scientists found that most belong to a highly restricted number of protein superfamilies. The research will make it easier to identify new allergens and help explain how they trigger an immune response.

Animal food proteins lie at the limits of the capability of the human immune system to discriminate between foreign and self proteins, said Dr Mills. Immune responses to some animal food allergens such as the invertebrate tropomyosins, run close to becoming a form of autoimmune response and this needs to be considered when developing allergy therapies.


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