Update of the WHO/IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Database based on analysis of allergen sequences

C. Radauer, A. Nandy, F. Ferreira, R. E. Goodman, J. N. Larsen, J. Lidholm, A. Pomés, M. Raulf-Heimsoth, P. Rozynek, W. R. Thomas, H. Breiteneder

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The IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Sub-Committee, under the auspices of the World Health Organization and the International Union of Immunological Societies, maintains the systematic nomenclature of allergenic proteins and publishes a database of approved allergen names on its Web site, www.allergen.org. In this paper, we summarize updates of allergen names approved at the meetings of the committee in 2011 through 2013. These changes reflect recent progress in identification, cloning, and sequencing of allergens. The goals of this update were to increase consistency in the classification of allergens, isoallergens, and variants and in the incorporation of the evolutionary classification of proteins into allergen nomenclature, while keeping changes of established names to a minimum in the interest of continuity. Allergens for which names have been updated include respiratory allergens from birch and ragweed pollen, midge larvae, and horse dander; food allergens from peanut, cow's milk, and tomato; and cereal grain allergens. The IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Sub-Committee encourages researchers to use these updated allergen names in future publications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-419
Number of pages7
JournalAllergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • allergen nomenclature
  • allergens
  • bioinformatics
  • database
  • protein families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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