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Document ID (ISN)110424
CIS number 09-1376
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Heutelbeck A.R.R, Junghans C., Esselmann H., Hallier E., Schulz T.G.
Title Exposure to allergens of different cattle breeds and their relevance in occupational allergy
Bibliographic information Oct. 2009, Vol.82, No.9, p.1123-1131. Illus. 27 ref.
Abstract Cattle are an important source of allergens in the working area of farmers. Asthma caused by cow allergens is a significant occupational health problem. The aim of this study was to investigate commercial cow allergen extracts and to compare them with extracts supplied by 42 farmers with asthma and rhino-conjunctivitis caused by cattle contact. The commercial extracts investigated in this study showed only minor differences in protein pattern. Serum immunoblotting resulted in distinct bands for all symptomatic farmers, even in the 13 farmers with a negative result in commercial allergen extracts. It is concluded that test results with commercial extracts should be supplemented by skin tests using extracts of the hair of the farmers' own cattle.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; agriculture; handling of animals; Germany
Descriptors (secondary) proteins; immunoglobulins; rhinitis; asthma; diagnosis; immunoelectrophoresis; reliability; skin tests; exposure tests; description of technique; conjunctivitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Livestock rearing
Agriculture