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The way in which proteins aggregate when heated may change their sensitising potency

Food allergies affect 5% of adults and 8% of children and their frequency is increasing. Determining the best form in which a food should be consumed to limit allergic sensitisation is a public health issue.

Updated on 05/19/2017
Published on 04/20/2017

Thermal treatments are known to alter the triggering ability of allergens and many egg-allergic children tolerate eggs in cakes/biscuits. In this study, we showed that the way in which ovalbumin (the major egg white protein) aggregates during heating also modulates its sensitising capacity.

Food allergy to egg white is common in young children: in Europe, it affects 1% of children under two years of age and up to 2% in Northwestern Europe. Egg white is consumed in many forms whose sensitizing capacities are unknown. Ovalbumin constitutes more than 50% of the proteins in egg white. Depending on the physico-chemical conditions, heating ovalbumin leads to the formation of aggregates that vary in size and in morphology. Small (5-80 x 10-9 m) and large (3-300 x 10-6m) ovalbumin aggregates were produced by heating the protein under opposite physico-chemical conditions to compare the sensitising capacity of these aggregates and that of the native protein using a mouse model.

When orally challenged with native ovalbumin, mice exhibited more severe symptoms when sensitised with the native protein than both aggregates, and mice sensitised with the small aggregates exhibited less severe symptoms. Reduction of the allergic symptoms was associated with a decreased production of specific IgE (markers of allergic sensitisation) with the small aggregates and an increase in markers of anti-allergic Th1 responses (IgG2a) with both aggregates. The three forms of ovalbumin thus exhibit different sensitising capacities with repercussions on the onset of an allergic reaction. These results illustrate how a process can modulate the allergenicity of dietary proteins by affecting molecular and supramolecular structures.

This work carried out on a simplified model made up of the major egg white protein shows that its sensitising capacity may be modulated according to its aggregation state. Further work is needed to establish whether such a modulation affects the sensitising potency of other egg white allergens. On the long term, such results would make it possible to develop recommendations concerning the first introductions of foods containing eggs to limit the allergic sensitisation to egg in children.



Mathilde Claude, Phd thesis: Agrégation thermique de l'ovalbumine et modulation de l'allergénicité

Claude, M., Lupi, R., Bouchaud, G., Bodinier, M., Brossard, C., & Denery-Papini, S. (2016). The thermal aggregation of ovalbumin as large particles decreases its allergenicity for egg allergic patients and in a murine model.Food Chemistry,203, 136–144. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.02.054

Mathilde Claude, Grégory Bouchaud, Roberta Lupi, Laure Castan, Olivier Tranquet, Sandra Denery-Papini, Marie Bodinier, and Chantal Brossard (2017) How Proteins Aggregate Can Reduce Allergenicity: Comparison of Ovalbumins Heated under Opposite Electrostatic Conditions. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2017 65(18), 3693-3701. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b00676


Science and Technology of Milk and Eggs research unit http://www6.rennes.inra.fr/stlo_eng/ Joint Research Unit INRA and Food and Agricultural Science University (AGROCAMPUS OUEST), F. Nau


Chantal Brossard, chantal.brossard@inra.fr

UR 1268 BIA, Biopolymers Interaction Assemblies, Nantes. http://www6.angers-nantes.inra.fr/bia_eng/