Cross-reactivity of olea europaea with other Oleaceae species in allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma

M. J. Pajarón, L. Vila, I. Prieto, A. Resano, M. L. Sanz, A. K. Oehling

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

31 Scopus citations


Cross-reactivity between pollen extracts of four species of Oleaceae was studied: olive (Olea europaea), ash (Fraxinus excelsior), privet (Ligustrum vulgate), and lilac (Syringa vulgaris). Thus, 51 patients and 13 atopic controls were studied, by means of intracutaneous skin tests, histamine- release tests against the four extracts, and specific IgE to O. europaea. The proteic content of the four extracts was assessed by SDS-PAGE and immunoblotting, and similarity of all the extracts studied was observed after electrophoresis and immunodetection. Six common bands were found to be responsible for the cross-reactivity, with apparent molecular weights of 49.6, 40, 36.7, 19.7, 16.7, and 14 kDa, respectively. The cross-reactivity was also corroborated by immunobloting inhibition and FEIA inhibition. The patients had a similar response to the four allergenic extracts used, although the response to Olea was greatest. When the patients were compared by their geographic origin (northern or southern Spain, according to the distribution of areas of olive pollen influence), there were no significant differences between the two groups in skin reactivity, but a higher histamine release was observed for the four extracts in the southern group, although it was significant only for Fraxinus and Ligustrum. This work corroborated the practicality of the diagnostic methods used and the cross-reactivity between the four species studied, as demonstrated by the different methods used. Therefore, we suggest that only O. europaea extract be used in diagnosis and immunotherapy in Oleaceae pollen allergy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-835
Number of pages7
JournalAllergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-reactivity
  • Fraxinus histamine-release test
  • Immunoblotting inhibition
  • Intracutaneous tests
  • Ligustrum
  • Olea
  • Specific IgE
  • Syringa


Dive into the research topics of 'Cross-reactivity of olea europaea with other Oleaceae species in allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this