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The Process of Molecular Mimicry Described in Laymen’s Terms

The Process of Molecular Mimicry Described in Laymen’s Terms

Molecular mimicry is a way that a foreign protein can cause difficulties for your body. It can be caused by two types of drugs (such as antivenoms), or it can be food-related, like when our immune system is exposed to an incomplete protein in food and then reacts...

Immune reactivities against gums

Immune reactivities against gums

Context: Different kinds of gums from various sources enjoy an extremely broad range of commercial and industrial use, from food and pharmaceuticals to printing and adhesives. Although generally recognized as safe by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), gums...

Immune reactivity to food coloring

Immune reactivity to food coloring

Artificial food dyes are made from petroleum and have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the enhancement of the color of processed foods. They are widely used in the food and pharmaceutical industries to increase the appeal and...

Elevated levels of antibodies against xenobiotics in a subgroup of healthy subjects

Oral tolerance and its relationship to food immunoreactivities

A child is born with almost no protective immune system other than passive immunity and maternal transfer of immunoglobulin G (IgG) against various food antigens and infectious agents. This lack provides a window of opportunity for infectious attacks in the first 6 mo...

Lectins, agglutinins, and their roles in autoimmune reactivities

Lectins, agglutinins, and their roles in autoimmune reactivities

Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins present throughout nature that act as agglutinins. Approximately 30% of our food contains lectins, some of which may be resistant enough to digestion to enter the circulation. Because of their binding properties, lectins can...

Immune reactivities to peanut proteins, agglutinins, and oleosins

Immune reactivities to peanut proteins, agglutinins, and oleosins

Context: Certain individuals are sensitive enough to react to peanuts and peanut oil, sometimes with deadly effect. It is thus crucial to have an accurate testing methodology for the assessment of allergies and immune reactivities to peanuts and their components, such...