Molecular aspects of milk allergens and their role in clinical events

Restani, Patrizia; Ballabio, Cinzia; Di Lorenzo, Chiara; Tripodi, Salvatore; Fiocchi, Alessandro
September 2009
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Sep2009, Vol. 395 Issue 1, p47
Academic Journal
Milk allergy is the most frequent food allergy in childhood. Even though cases of newly developed milk allergy in adulthood are known, this allergy is less frequent in adults since it is normally outgrown by children during the first years of life. One of the reasons why allergy to cow’s milk shows its highest prevalence in children is its early introduction into the diets of babies when breast feeding is not possible. The major allergens are caseins and β-lactoglobulin, but allergies to other minor proteins (immunoglobulins, bovine serum albumin) have also been reported. Milk allergenicity can be reduced by various treatments (mainly hydrolysis), meaning that formulas based on cow’s milk can often be safely fed to children allergic to milk proteins. Cross-reactivity has been described between different mammalian milks and between milk and meat or animal dander. Cross-contamination can result from inadequate cleaning of industrial equipment and constitutes a hidden danger for allergic subjects who unknowingly ingest milk proteins. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]


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