New Methods for Clinical Proteomics in Allergy



    • Kato Zenichiro
    • Department of Pediatrics, Graduate School of Medicine, Gifu University
    • Kondo Naomi
    • Department of Pediatrics, Graduate School of Medicine, Gifu University


Recent genomic studies have revealed many kinds of genetic polymorphisms. Some genetic polymorphisms have a correlation with allergic phenotypes, however there is only a statistical association without a precise molecular mechanism being demonstrated. Analysis of the molecular mechanisms from a proteomic perspective should contribute to a better understanding of diseases and indicate possible therapeutic approaches. Recent advances in identification and characterization of many immunological molecules have led to a shift to profiling research, clinical proteomics, of already known factors. However, analysis of such biomarkers in allergies requires methodological improvements because allergic reactions can be greatly influenced by subtle changes of factors. These subtle changes cannot be detected by conventional techniques such as 2D-PAGE, and the grammar behind the system is not well recognized by conventional proteomics. Examples of innovative methods useful for proteomic approaches to allergies are discussed here; especially high throughput screening and structural methods for allergy targeting.<br>


  • Allergology International

    Allergology International 54(3), 351-357, 2005