A mouse model for food allergy using intraperitoneal sensitization

Rebecca J. Dearman, Ian Kimber

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    Food allergy is an important health issue. With the increasing interest in novel foods derived from transgenic crop plants, there is a growing need for the development of approaches for the characterization of the allergenic potential of proteins. Although most foreign proteins are immunogenic (able to induce IgG antibody responses), relatively few are important food allergens with the capacity to provoke IgE antibody production. There is currently no validated animal model for the determination of allergenic potential of food proteins. One approach that appears to show some promise is outlined in the current chapter. BALB/c strain mice are immunized by intraperitoneal injection and the potential to cause allergenicity assessed as a function of the induction of specific IgE antibody, measured by homologous passive cutaneous anaphylaxis. Progress to date with this method is summarized, and comparisons are made with other experimental models, including considerations of route of exposure, use of adjuvants and selection of appropriate end points. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)91-98
    Number of pages7
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


    • Allergy
    • Hazard identification
    • IgE
    • IgG
    • Immunogenicity
    • Mouse


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