The Maillard reaction and food allergies: is there a link?

Clin Chem Lab Med. 2014 Jan 1;52(1):61-7. doi: 10.1515/cclm-2012-0830.

Abstract

Food allergies are abnormal responses to a food triggered by the immune system. The majority of allergenic foods are often subjected to thermal processing before consumption. The Maillard reaction is a non-enzymatic reaction between reducing sugars and compounds with free amino groups such as amino acids and proteins, and takes place during thermal processing and storage of foods. Among many other effects the reaction leads to modification of proteins with various types of glycation structures such as Nε-(carboxymethyl-)lysine (CML), pentosidine, pyrraline and methylglyoxal-H1, which are collectively called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). Notably, evidence has accumulated that some glycation structures of AGEs function as immune epitopes. Here we discuss the possible involvement of food allergen AGEs in the pathogenesis of food allergies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arginine / analogs & derivatives
  • Arginine / chemistry
  • Arginine / metabolism
  • Dendritic Cells / immunology
  • Food Hypersensitivity / immunology
  • Food Hypersensitivity / metabolism
  • Food Hypersensitivity / pathology*
  • Glycation End Products, Advanced / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin E / metabolism
  • Lysine / analogs & derivatives
  • Lysine / chemistry
  • Lysine / immunology
  • Lysine / metabolism
  • Maillard Reaction*
  • Norleucine / analogs & derivatives
  • Norleucine / chemistry
  • Norleucine / metabolism
  • Pyrroles / chemistry
  • Pyrroles / metabolism
  • Receptors, Scavenger / metabolism
  • T-Lymphocytes / immunology

Substances

  • Glycation End Products, Advanced
  • Pyrroles
  • Receptors, Scavenger
  • Immunoglobulin E
  • N(6)-carboxymethyllysine
  • 2-formyl-5-(hydroxymethyl)pyrrole-1-norleucine
  • Norleucine
  • Arginine
  • pentosidine
  • Lysine