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Keywords:

  • crossed radio-immunoelectrophoresis;
  • food allergens;
  • hen's egg white

Allergens in hen's egg white were studied in crossed radio-immunoelectrophoresis (CRIE). Specific IgE-antibodies against different proteins in the egg white were examined in sera from 70 atopic patients with clinical hypersensitivity, and RAST ≥2 to egg white. Ovalbumin, ovomucoid and an unidentified protein, antigen 22, were classified as major allergens. Specific IgE-antibodies against 10 more proteins in hen's egg white were detected. IgE-antibodies against lysozyme could not be detected.