Biologic activity of cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants in heavy drinkers
Gonzalez-Quintela A, Valcarcel C, Campos J, Alonso M, Sanz ML, Vidal C.
Departments of Internal Medicine, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario, Santiago de Compostela, Spain Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain Department of Allergy, Complejo Hospitalario Universitario, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
We have read with interest the paper from Mertens et al. reporting that cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants (CCDs) strongly affect the results of the basophil activation test in patients with hymenoptera venom allergy.
We would like to extend this ?nding by showing that CCDs can even affect the results of basophil activation tests in non-allergic individuals with past hymenoptera exposure.
CITATION Clin Exp Allergy. 2011 May;41(5):759-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2222.2011.03735.x.