The allergens associated with a cherry allergy are called Pru av 1, Pru av 2, Pru av 3 and Pru av 7.
Most people suffering from this allergy are thought to be sensitised to the protein Pru av 1, which is similar in shape to Bet v 1 which is a protein found in birch pollen. This can cause cross reactions with other fruit.
Pru av 2 is a thaumatin protein, this is made by plants to inhibit fungal growth.
Pru av 3 is a lipid transfer protein (LTP), more severe reactions to cherry are thought to be caused by these proteins.
Pru av 4 is a profilin protein, these proteins are considered to be panallergens and can cause issues over many groups of foods.
You may have Pollen-Food Allergy Syndrome
if you suffer from cherry allergy with oral allergy symptoms to 3 or more of the foods mentioned in cross reactivity section.
You may be suffering from LTP Syndrome
if you suffer allergic reactions from eating 3 or more foods mentioned in the cross reactivity section below.
If sensitised to alder tree pollen you may have Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome and may also react to apple, peach, pear, parsley, celery, almonds and hazelnuts.
If sensitised to birch tree pollen you may have Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome and may also react to kiwi, pear, peach, plum, nectarine, apricots, apple, tomato, celery, carrot, potato, parsnip, pepper, dill, cumin, peas, coriander, fennel, hazelnut, walnut, almonds, peanuts, lentils and beans.
Common foods involved in LTP allergy include kiwi, strawberries, sunflower seeds, walnut, apple, mulberry, banana, pea, apricot, cherry, plum, almond, peach pomegranate, raspberry, tomato, grape, celery, peanut, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, chestnut, lemon, tangerine, orange, hazelnut, lettuce, lentils, lupin, green bean, pear, mustard, wheat and maize.
Other foods containing thaumatin proteins are kiwi, chilli, peppers, apple, banana, cherry and peach.
Other foods containing plant profilins are carrot, kiwi, pineapple, celery, peanut, chilli, watermelon, orange, hazelnut, melon, strawberry, soya, barley, walnut, lychee, lupin, apple, banana, date, cherry, almond, peach, pear, mustard, tomato, aubergine and wheat.
Allergen Enyclopedia - Cherry
DermNet NZ - Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome
British Dietetic Association - PFAS vs LTP Syndrome
Allergy information for: Cherry (Prunus avium )
Anaphylactic reactions to cherries, strawberries and grapes
Allergy to Fruit - Anaphylaxis Campaign
Allergy UK - Oral Allergy Syndrome
Patient UK - Oral Allergy Syndrome
Articles and Journals
The Role of Lipid Transfer Proteins as Food and Pollen Allergens Outside the Mediterranean Area, 2021
Thaumatin-Like Protein (Pru av 2) Is a Cherry Allergen That Triggers Percutaneous Sensitization in Mice, 2020
Pollen-food allergy syndrome in children, 2020
Cherry Allergy: How To Decrease The Allergenicity Of Cherry Industrial Derivatives, 2007
Strong allergenicity of Pru av 3, the lipid transfer protein from cherry, is related to high stability against thermal processing and digestion, 2004
Component-resolved diagnosis with recombinant allergens in patients with cherry allergy, 2002
Allergic Cross-reactivity Made Visible: Solution Structure of the Major Cherry Allergen Pru av 1, 2001
Recombinant allergens Pru av 1 and Pru av 4 and a newly identified lipid transfer protein in the in vitro diagnosis of cherry allergy, 2001
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