Identification of novel allergen in edible insect, Gryllus bimaculatus and its cross-reactivity with Macrobrachium spp. allergens

Food Chem. 2015 Oct 1;184:160-6. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.03.094. Epub 2015 Mar 28.


Edible insects have recently been promoted as a source of protein and have a high nutrition value. Identification of allergens and cross-reactivity between Macrobrachium spp. and the field cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus) is necessary for food safety control and to assist in the diagnosis and therapy of allergy symptoms. Denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) was used to separate proteins. Allergens were determined and identified by IgE-immunoblotting with pooled sera from prawn-allergic patients (n=16) and LC-MS/MS. Arginine kinase (AK) and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) were determined as the important allergens in muscle of Macrobrachium rosenbergii whereas, hemocyanin (HC) was identified as an allergen in Macrobrachium spp. The allergens in Macrobrachium lanchesteri were identified as AK and HC. In addition, hexamerin1B (HEX1B) was identified as a novel and specific allergen in G. bimaculatus. The important allergen in G. bimaculatus and Macrobrachium spp. is AK and was found to cross-react between both species.

Keywords: Allergen; Edible insect; Gryllus bimaculatus; Hepatopancreas; IgE-immunoblotting; LC–MS/MS; Macrobrachium lanchesteri; Macrobrachium rosenbergii; SDS–PAGE.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Allergens / immunology*
  • Animals
  • Chromatography, Liquid / methods*
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel / methods*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Insecta / chemistry*
  • Male
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods*
  • Palaemonidae / chemistry*


  • Allergens