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Clinical & Experimental Allergy

IgE and IgG4 antibodies to bovine milk fat globule membrane in atopic eczema patients: a study of their occurrence, relevance and antigenic specificity

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Dr F. Shakib, The Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association, 12 Vernon Street, Derby DEI IFT, U.K.

Summary

IgE and IgG4 antibodies to bovine milk fat globule membrane (FGM) were measured in atopic eczema patients to determine whether their presence would account for allergy to milk in cases where whole or individual milk protein-specific antibodies are not detectable. The study demonstrates that the measurements of IgE and IgG4 antibodies to FGM do not offer any additional diagnostic value in milk exacerbated cases of atopic eczema. Furthermore, cross-inhibition studies with four milk proteins showed that these FGM-reactive IgE and IgG4 antibodies are directed against α-casein.

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