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COMPREHENSIVE ALLERGY RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE - THE TOP 14 ALLERGENS AND BEYOND

COMPREHENSIVE ALLERGY RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE - THE TOP 14 ALLERGENS AND BEYOND

MELON ALLERGY


Key Allergens

The WHO Allergen Database has entries for 2 types of melons, watermelons and muskmelons.

Muskmelons have been cultivated into subtypes and include most other melons including honeydew and cantaloupe melons.

The watermelon has only 1 defined food allergen, called Citr l 1, this is a profilin protein. Reactions to watermelon are most commonly oral allergy type symptoms.

The muskmelon group of fruits contain 3 food allergens, called Cuc m 1, m 2 and m3.

Cuc m 2 is a profilin, similar to that of Citr l 1 in watermelon. Cuc m 1 is a plant enzyme called cucumisin.

Cuc m 3 is a common plant protein called PR-1, which protects the plant from attack.

Associated Syndromes

You may have Pollen-Food Allergy Syndrome if you suffer from melon allergy with oral allergy symptoms to 3 or more of the foods mentioned in cross reactivity section.

Cross Reactivity

If sensitised to ragweed pollen you may also have problems with banana, melon, courgette, cucumber, and squash.

If sensitised to grass pollen you may also react to melon, potato, oranges and peanuts.

Profilins are found as food allergens in kiwi, celery, peanut, chilli, watermelon, orange, hazelnut, melon, carrot, strawberry, soya, walnut, lychee, lupin, apple, cherry, almond, peach, pear, mustard, tomato and aubergine. Other plants containing profilin inhalant allergens are ragweed, wormwood, birch, sunflower, olive, plantain, poplar and oak.

Resources

Websites

Allergen Encyclopedia - Watermelon

Allergen Encyclopedia - Melon

DermNet NZ - Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome

Allergy information for: Melon (Cucumis melo (Muskmelon))

Science Direct - Profilins

ACAAI - Food Allergy to Melons?

Do You Have a Cantaloupe Allergy?

Anaphylaxis Campaign - Fruit Allergies


Articles and Journals

Pollen-food allergy syndrome in children, 2020

Watermelon profilin: characterization of a major allergen as a model for plant-derived food profilins, 2010

Sequence homology: a poor predictive value for profilins cross-reactivity, 2005

Novel plant pathogenesis-related protein family involved in food allergy, 2004

Identification of Cucumisin (Cuc m 1), a subtilisin-like endopeptidase, as the major allergen of melon fruit, 2003

Clinical characteristics of melon (Cucumis melo) allergy, 2003



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