Ara h 6 complements Ara h 2 as an important marker for IgE reactivity to peanut

Audrey E. Koid, Martin D. Chapman, Robert G. Hamilton, Ronald Van Ree, Serge A. Versteeg, Stephen C. Dreskin, Stef J. Koppelman, Sabina Wünschmann

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The similarities of two major peanut allergens, Ara h 2 and Ara h 6, in molecular size, amino acid sequence, and structure have made it difficult to obtain natural Ara h 6 free of Ara h 2. The objectives of this study were to purify natural Ara h 6 that is essentially free of Ara h 2 and to compare its IgE reactivity and potency in histamine release assays to Ara h 2. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the highly purified allergen (<0.01% Ara h 2) revealed a single 14.5 kD band, and the identity of Ara h 6 was confirmed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Ara h 6 showed a higher seroprevalence in chimeric IgE enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (n = 54) but a weaker biological activity in basophil histamine release assays than Ara h 2. Purified Ara h 6 will be useful for diagnostic IgE antibody assays as well as molecular and cellular studies to investigate the immunological mechanisms of peanut allergy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-213
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 8 2014


  • IgE reactivity
  • allergen
  • histamine release
  • peanut

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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