The immunologic mechanisms responsible for the development of allergic sensitization rather than tolerance to foods are not well understood, although there have been a number of recent advances in our understanding of why some foods are inherently allergenic. In addition, the involvement of alternative routes of exposure that are not inherently tolerogenic may play a role in sensitization to foods. Although there are no currently accepted therapeutic approaches to food allergy, there are a number of approaches to treatment in preclinical or clinical trials. Here, we review selected findings published since 2009 that advance our understanding of mechanisms and new therapeutics for IgE-mediated food allergy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-800
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Immunology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011


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