Immediate type hypersensitivity to common moulds. Comparison of different diagnostic materials

Allergy. 1980 Jul;35(5):443-51. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.1980.tb01791.x.


Extracts of five common atmospheric moulds (Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Mucor and Penicillium) obtained from different manufacturers were compared by means of skin prick testing and, partly, with the radioallergosorbent test. Considerable differences were found between the extracts with respect to positive tests found in mould-allergic individuals and controls. A purified allergen preparation of Cladosporium herbarum was superior to the crude allergen extracts. The results suggest that the allergen contents of the extract differed both with respect to total allergenic potency and to allergenic composition.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Allergens*
  • Alternaria / immunology
  • Aspergillus / immunology
  • Bronchial Provocation Tests
  • Child
  • Cladosporium / immunology
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity, Immediate / diagnosis*
  • Hypersensitivity, Immediate / etiology
  • Hypersensitivity, Immediate / microbiology
  • Mitosporic Fungi / immunology*
  • Mucor / immunology
  • Radioallergosorbent Test
  • Skin Tests


  • Allergens