Production and characterization of an allergen panel for component-resolved diagnosis of celery allergy

Mol Nutr Food Res. 2008 Nov;52 Suppl 2:S241-50. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.200700270.


In celery a relevant food allergen source, three allergens have been identified so far: Api g 1 and Api g 4, and one glycosylated protein, Api g 5. For component-resolved food allergy diagnosis high amounts of well-defined allergens are needed. Depending on the individual celery allergen, protocols for heterologous production and purification from natural source, respectively, were established to obtain homogenous protein batches. Afterwards the purified recombinant allergens, Api g 1, Api g 4 and natural Api g 5 were characterized regarding their structural integrity and immunological activity. Therefore, several methods were applied. Proteins were identified by partial N-terminal sequencing, protein mass was verified by MS and sequence integrity by MALDI-TOF and N-terminal sequencing after tryptic digestion. Presence of isoforms in natural allergen preparations was identified by 2-DE. Secondary and tertiary structures were evaluated by circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy and NMR analysis. Finally, IgE binding capacity was verified using selected sera from celery allergic patients in IgE immunoblots and IgE ELISA. These well-defined celery allergens will be used to prove the concept of component-resolved diagnosis and will contribute to improve food allergy diagnosis in the future.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Allergens / chemistry
  • Allergens / immunology
  • Allergens / isolation & purification*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Antigens, Plant
  • Apium / immunology*
  • Circular Dichroism
  • Food Hypersensitivity / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Plant Proteins / chemistry
  • Plant Proteins / immunology
  • Plant Proteins / isolation & purification*
  • Recombinant Proteins / chemistry
  • Recombinant Proteins / immunology
  • Recombinant Proteins / isolation & purification*


  • Allergens
  • Antigens, Plant
  • Api g 1 protein, Apium graveolens
  • Plant Proteins
  • Recombinant Proteins