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Allergic asthma caused by exposure to bacterial alpha-amylase termamyl®


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Airborne enzymes behave as potent respiratory allergens. Till date, allergic disorders caused by genetically engineered enzymes widely used in the industry, have not been reported.

Results and Conclusions

We describe a worker employed in the detergent industry who developed asthma and rhinitis from IgE-mediated sensitization to the thermostable endo-alpha-amylase Termamyl® and to the protease Savinase®. This is the first report showing that Termamyl® elicits allergic respiratory disorders in humans. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:378–380, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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