Bioinformatics applied to allergy: allergen databases, from collecting sequence information to data integration. The Allergome platform as a model

Cell Immunol. 2006 Dec;244(2):97-100. doi: 10.1016/j.cellimm.2007.02.012. Epub 2007 Apr 16.


Allergens are proteins or glycoproteins that are recognized by IgE produced by the immune system of allergic individuals. Until now around 1,500 allergenic structures have been identified and this number seems not have reached a plateau after 3-4 decades of research and the advent of molecular biology. Several allergen databases are available on Internet. Different aims and philosophies lead to different products. Here we report about main feature of web sites dedicated to allergens and we describe in more details our current work on the Allergome platform. The web server Allergome ( represent a free independent open resource whose goal is to provide an exhaustive repository of data related to all the IgE-binding compounds. The main purpose of Allergome is to collect a list of allergenic sources and molecules by using the widest selection criteria and sources. A further development of the Allergome platform has been represented by the Real Time Monitoring of IgE sensitization module (ReTiME) that allows uploading of raw data from both in vivo and in vitro testing, thus representing the first attempt to have IT applied to allergy data mining. More recently, a new module (RefArray) representing a tool for literature mining has been released.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Allergens / genetics*
  • Allergens / immunology*
  • Computational Biology / methods*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity / immunology*
  • Internet


  • Allergens