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Allergen Nomenclature Publications

The first WHO/IUIS allergen nomenclature was published in 1986 by the founding members of the committee.(1) A revision reflecting the current allergen nomenclature was published in 1994/5 in several journals, along with an Editorial outlining the changes made in the revised 1994 nomenclature.(2-5)

A book chapter providing a historic overview and a review of the current use of the allergen nomenclature was published in 2004 and updated in 2008.(6;7) This chapter provides a historic overview of the systematic WHO/IUIS Allergen Nomenclature, together with a review of how the system has been revised and how allergen nomenclature continues to evolve.

Two recent articles further address issues concerning allergen nomenclature and its relationship to advances in the structural biology, function and immune response to allergens.(8;9)

References

  1. Marsh DG, Goodfriend L, King TP, Lowenstein H, Platts-Mills TA. Allergen nomenclature. Bull World Health Organ 1986; 64:767-74. (View PDF)
  2. King TP, Hoffman D, Lowenstein H, Marsh DG, Platt-Mills TA, Thomas WR. Allergen Nomenclature. 1994; 72:797-800. Bulletin World Health Organization.
  3. King TP, Hoffman D, Lowenstein H, Marsh DG, Platts-Mills TA, Thomas W. Allergen nomenclature. WHO/IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Subcommittee. Int Arch Allergy Immunol 1994; 105:224-33.
  4. King TP, Hoffman D, Lowenstein H, Marsh DG, Platts-Mills TA, Thomas W. Allergen nomenclature. Allergy 1995; 50:765-74. (View PDF)
  5. Larsen JN, Lowenstein H. Allergen nomenclature. J Allergy Clin Immunol 1996; 97:577-8. (View PDF)
  6. Chapman MD. Allergen Nomenclature. In "Allergens and Allergen Immunotherapy" 3rd Edition. Editors, RF Lockey, SC Bukantz & J Bousquet, pp 51-64, 2004. Marcel Decker. Permission to reproduce the chapter was provided by Marcel Dekker Inc. (View PDF)
  7. Chapman MD. Allergen Nomenclature. In "Allergens and Allergen Immunotherapy" 4th Edition. Editors, Richard F.Lockey, Dennis K.Ledford, pp 47-58. 2008. Informa Healthcare, New York. Permission to reproduce the chapter was provided by Informa Healthcare. (View PDF)
  8. Larsen JN. Allergen nomenclature: a need for the scientific community. Arb Paul Ehrlich Inst Bundesamt Sera Impfstoffe Frankf A M 2006; 95:5-9.
  9. Chapman MD, Poms A, Breiteneder H, Ferreira F. Nomenclature and structural biology of allergens. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2007; 119:414-20. (View PDF)
  10. Breiteneder H, Chapman MD. Allergen Nomenclature. In Allergens and Allergen Immunotherapy: Subcutaneous, sublingual and oral. 5th Edition. Edited by Richard F. Lockey and Dennis K. Ledford. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 2014, pp 37-49. Reproduced with permission. (View PDF)
  11. Radauer C, Nandy A, Ferreira F, Goodman RE, Larsen JN, Lidholm J, Poms A, Raulf-Heimsoth M, Rozynek P, Thomas WR,Breiteneder H. Update of the WHO/IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Database based on analysis of allergen sequences. Allergy, 2014, 69(4):413-419 (View Link)