Immune response among patients exposed to molds

David A. Edmondson, Christy S. Barrios, Trevor L. Brasel, David C. Straus, Viswanath P. Kurup, Jordan N. Fink

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Abstract

Macrocyclic trichothecenes, mycotoxins produced by Stachybotrys chartarum, have been implicated in adverse reactions in individuals exposed to mold-contaminated environments. Cellular and humoral immune responses and the presence of trichothecenes were evaluated in patients with mold-related health complaints. Patients underwent history, physical examination, skin prick/puncture tests with mold extracts, immunological evaluations and their sera were analyzed for trichothecenes. T-cell proliferation, macrocyclic trichothecenes, and mold specific IgG and IgA levels were not significantly different than controls; however 70% of the patients had positive skin tests to molds. Thus, IgE mediated or other non-immune mechanisms could be the cause of their symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5471-5484
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Volume10
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Trichothecenes
Molds
Skin
Fungi
T-cells
Cell proliferation
Health
Stachybotrys
physical examinations
Mycotoxins
Immunoglobulin A
Immunoglobulin E
Humoral Immunity
Skin Tests
Punctures
Cellular Immunity
Immunoglobulin G
serums
Physical Examination
health

Keywords

  • Clinical symptoms
  • Immune response
  • Molds
  • Mycotoxins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Molecular Biology
  • Catalysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Edmondson, D. A., Barrios, C. S., Brasel, T. L., Straus, D. C., Kurup, V. P., & Fink, J. N. (2009). Immune response among patients exposed to molds. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 10(12), 5471-5484. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms10125471

Immune response among patients exposed to molds. / Edmondson, David A.; Barrios, Christy S.; Brasel, Trevor L.; Straus, David C.; Kurup, Viswanath P.; Fink, Jordan N.

In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 12, 12.2009, p. 5471-5484.

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Edmondson, DA, Barrios, CS, Brasel, TL, Straus, DC, Kurup, VP & Fink, JN 2009, 'Immune response among patients exposed to molds', International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 10, no. 12, pp. 5471-5484. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms10125471
Edmondson DA, Barrios CS, Brasel TL, Straus DC, Kurup VP, Fink JN. Immune response among patients exposed to molds. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2009 Dec;10(12):5471-5484. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms10125471
Edmondson, David A. ; Barrios, Christy S. ; Brasel, Trevor L. ; Straus, David C. ; Kurup, Viswanath P. ; Fink, Jordan N. / Immune response among patients exposed to molds. In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2009 ; Vol. 10, No. 12. pp. 5471-5484.
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