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The Honeybee Venom Major Allergen Api m 10 (Icarapin) and Its Role in Diagnostics and Treatment of Hymenoptera Venom Allergy

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  • Thilo Jakob, Justus Liebig University Giessen
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  • Michèle Myriam Rauber, Justus Liebig University Giessen
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  • Amilcar Perez-Riverol, Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Justus Liebig University Giessen
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  • Edzard Spillner
  • Simon Blank, Technical University of Munich

Purpose of Review: In Hymenoptera venom allergy, the research focus has moved from whole venoms to individual allergenic molecules. Api m 10 (icarapin) has been described as a major allergen of honeybee venom (HBV) with potentially high relevance for diagnostics and therapy of venom allergy. Here, we review recent studies on Api m 10 characteristics as well as its role in component-resolved diagnostics and potential implications for venom-specific immunotherapy (VIT). Recent Findings: Api m 10 is a major allergen of low abundance in HBV. It is an obviously unstable protein of unknown function that exhibits homologs in other insect species. Despite its low abundance in HBV, 35 to 72% of HBV-allergic patients show relevant sensitization to this allergen. Api m 10 is a marker allergen for HBV sensitization, which in many cases can help to identify primary sensitization to HBV and, hence, to discriminate between genuine sensitization and cross-reactivity. Moreover, Api m 10 might support personalized risk stratification in VIT, as dominant sensitization to Api m 10 has been identified as risk factor for treatment failure. This might be of particular importance since Api m 10 is strongly underrepresented in some therapeutic preparations commonly used for VIT. Summary: Although the role of Api m 10 in HBV allergy and tolerance induction during VIT is not fully understood, it certainly is a useful tool to unravel primary sensitization and individual sensitization profiles in component-resolved diagnostics (CRD). Moreover, a potential of Api m 10 to contribute to personalized treatment strategies in HBV allergy is emerging.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48
JournalCurrent Allergy and Asthma Reports
Volume20
Issue9
Number of pages10
ISSN1529-7322
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Allergen-specific immunotherapy, Api m 10, Component-resolved allergy diagnostics, Honeybee venom allergy, Icarapin, Venom immunotherapy

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