Dog Allergy Vaccine Can Be Soon Available, Scientists Say

A team of scientists from Osaka Prefecture University in Japan is working on the development of a dog allergy vaccine. As a first step, they identified certain parts of molecules that allegedly responsible for an allergic reaction in people whenever a dog is around.Dog Allergy Vaccine Can Be Soon Available, Scientists Say

When these molecular sections, called epitopes, have been spotted and isolated, they can potentially be targeted by a vaccine that reduces the immune response they trigger.

On this development, the researchers focussed on a particular dog allergen called Can f 1, one of seven such allergens that have previously been identified. This allergen is thought to be responsible for 50-75% of allergic reactions in people who are allergic to dogs.

Molecular biologist, Takashi Inui, one of the developers, says: “We want to be able to present small doses of these epitopes to the immune system to train it to deal with them, similar to the principle behind any vaccine.”

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