• house dust mite;
  • Der f 7;
  • cDNA cloning;
  • allergen


Background The allergen Der p 7 from Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus has been defined by molecular cloning and shown to be an important specificity in 50% of miteallergic patients.

Objective This study compares the cDNA sequence and serological reactivity of Der f 7 from D. farinae with Der p 7.

Method cDNA encoding Der f 7 was amplified by polymerase chain reaction. sequenced and expressed as a fusion with glutathione-S-transferase for IgE and monoclonal antibody binding studies.

Results Der f 7 cDNA encoded a 213 polypeptide containing a predicted 17 amino acid leader sequence, no cysteines and a single N-glycosylation site similar to Der p 7. The predicted 196 residue mature polypeptide had 86% identity lo Der p 7 and a calculated molecular weight of 22 34SDa. No homologues were found in searches of the data banks. The Der f 7 fusion protein showed a single band of 46 k Da by sodium dodccyl snlfute-polyaerylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGF) and reacted with IgE antibodies in 19/41 (46%) of sera from asthmatic children. The degree of binding was usually 30% of that to Der p 7 consistent with the exposure of the patients to D. Pteronyssinus. Monoclonal antibodies (WH9 and WH22) against Der p 7 reacted with Der f 7 but inhibition studies showed a 10-fold difference in reactivity.

Conclusion Der f 7 has a predicted 213 residue polypeptide with 86% homology and serological cross reactivity to Der p 7.