The epitopes in wheat proteins for defining toxic units relevant to human health

Funct Integr Genomics. 2012 Nov;12(4):585-98. doi: 10.1007/s10142-012-0302-3. Epub 2012 Nov 20.


Wheat-related disorders are well-studied health problems. Knowledge of the composition and amounts of epitopes present in a single wheat sample represents a significant gap, and the detailed wheat proteome datasets now available can provide the necessary information to carry out an estimation of allergen prediction for a single cultivar. The combined use of genome sequence and allergen databases, prediction methodology, and cereal chemistry results in better understanding of the level of toxicity present in the end-products produced from wheat flour. The workflow presented in this review provides information about the number and distribution of epitopes at single protein, or protein fraction, levels. In addition, epitopes present in the highest frequency and harmful proteins expressed in the highest amount can be identified. The "epitope toxicity" value obtained in this way is a significant research output from the analysis of large datasets that can be applied to the food industry.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Epitopes / chemistry
  • Epitopes / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Molecular
  • Plant Proteins / chemistry
  • Plant Proteins / immunology*
  • Probability
  • Triticum / chemistry
  • Triticum / immunology*
  • Wheat Hypersensitivity / etiology
  • Wheat Hypersensitivity / immunology*


  • Epitopes
  • Plant Proteins