Novel Analytical Methods for Allergy-Related Studies

Managing and treating diseases require a deep understanding of the pathologies coupled with accurate diagnostic procedures. The constant development and improvement of bioanalytical methods reflect the need of diagnosis ameliorations with respect to accuracy, sensitivity and efficiency. The field of allergy diagnosis is a good example. Despite affecting almost a third of the population in western countries, allergies still present complex challenges for the physicians in terms of diagnosis and allergen characterization. This thesis presents novel analytical methods developed for the fast and personalized allergy component-resolved diagnosis (CRD), the allergen identification and quantification in food matrices and the characterization of allergen modifications, notably nitration. Immunomagnetic separation (IMS) was used to perform the allergy diagnosis at the molecular level by extracting the IgE antibodies from allergic patient blood sera and probing them against individual allergens and natural allergenic extracts. The fast and highly selective IMS procedure was coupled to matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) and electrospray ionization (ESI) mass spectrometry (MS) to identify accurately and with high sensitivity the proteins recognized as sensitizers by the patient antibodies. The developed CRD methods were successful to diagnose cow’s milk, egg, peanut and tree nuts allergies, allowing the resolution of several complex clinical cases. Additionally, precious information was collected for the cross-reactivity and cross-sensitization in peanut and tree nuts allergies using blood sera from the PronNut clinical study. Allergen nitration is one of the potential causes for the increase in allergy prevalence observed recently and requires thorough investigation. Herein, various nitrating agents were tested and compared for in vitro allergen nitration. After modifying allergens using two of the most efficient nitrating procedures, the nitration sites were identified by bottom-up proteomics (BUP) and compared to the known epitopes, bringing useful information and novel insights to the problem of correlation between protein nitration and allergenicity. The presence of a minute amount of allergens in a food product is responsible for potential life-threatening reactions in highly allergic patients and sensitive analytical methods are therefore required in food quality assessments. A proteomic-based method was used for the quality control of several food products suspected of causing severe reactions for peanut and hazelnut-allergic patients. Peptide markers were identified in a first screening of the food extracts by BUP using a high-resolution MS instrument. A standard addition method was then used to quantify peanut and hazelnut proteins by BUP using an untargeted “shotgun” approach.


Advisor(s):
Girault, Hubert
Gasilova, Natalia
Year:
2020
Publisher:
Lausanne, EPFL
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Laboratories:
LEPA


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