METHODS AND RESULTS: Pru p 3 proline variant (PV) designed using in silico mutagenesis, cysteine variant (CV), and wild-type Pru p 3 (WT) are purified from Escherichia coli. Variants display homogenous and stable protein conformations with an altered secondary structure in circular dichroism. PV shows enhanced long-term storage capacities compared to CV similar to the highly stable WT. Using sera of 33 peach allergic patients, IgE-binding activity is reduced by 97% (PV) and 71% (CV) compared to WT. Both molecules show strong hypoallergenicity in Pru p 3 ImmunoCAP cross-inhibition and histamine release assays. Immunogenicity of PV is demonstrated with a phosphate-based adjuvant formulation in a mouse model.
CONCLUSIONS: An in silico approach is used to generate a PV without targeting disulfide bonds, T cell epitopes, or previously reported IgE epitopes of Pru p 3. PV is strongly hypoallergenic while structurally stable and immunogenic, thus representing a promising candidate for peach allergen immunotherapy.
Fields of Science and Technology Classification 2012
- 304 Medical Biotechnology
- 106 Biology
- Pru p 3
- allergen immunotherapy
- lipid transfer proteins
- peach allergies