Analysis of Olive Allergens

Talanta. 2012 Apr 15;92:1-14. doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2012.01.016. Epub 2012 Jan 30.


Olive pollen is one of the most important causes of seasonal respiratory allergy in Mediterranean countries, where this tree is intensely cultivated. Besides this, some cases of contact dermatitis and food allergy to the olive fruit and olive oil have been also described. Several scientific studies dealing with olive allergens has been reported, being the information available about them constantly increasing. Up to date, twelve allergens have been identified in olive pollen while just one allergen has been identified in olive fruit. This review article describes considerations about allergen extraction and production, also describing the different methodologies employed in the physicochemical and immunological characterization of olive allergens. Finally, a revision of the most relevant studies in the analysis of both olive pollen and olive fruit allergens is carried out.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Allergens / chemistry
  • Allergens / immunology
  • Allergens / isolation & purification*
  • Dermatitis, Contact / immunology
  • Food Hypersensitivity / immunology
  • Fruit / chemistry*
  • Fruit / immunology
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin E / immunology
  • Mediterranean Region
  • Olea / immunology*
  • Plant Proteins / immunology
  • Pollen / chemistry*
  • Pollen / immunology
  • Respiratory Hypersensitivity / immunology


  • Allergens
  • Plant Proteins
  • Immunoglobulin E