Clinical efficacy and immune regulation with peanut oral immunotherapy.


Journal Article

Oral immunotherapy (OIT) has been thought to induce clinical desensitization to allergenic foods, but trials coupling the clinical response and immunologic effects of peanut OIT have not been reported.The study objective was to investigate the clinical efficacy and immunologic changes associated with OIT.Children with peanut allergy underwent an OIT protocol including initial day escalation, buildup, and maintenance phases, and then oral food challenge. Clinical response and immunologic changes were evaluated.Of 29 subjects who completed the protocol, 27 ingested 3.9 g peanut protein during food challenge. Most symptoms noted during OIT resolved spontaneously or with antihistamines. By 6 months, titrated skin prick tests and activation of basophils significantly declined. Peanut-specific IgE decreased by 12 to 18 months, whereas IgG(4) increased significantly. Serum factors inhibited IgE-peanut complex formation in an IgE-facilitated allergen binding assay. Secretion of IL-10, IL-5, IFN-gamma, and TNF-alpha from PBMCs increased over a period of 6 to 12 months. Peanut-specific forkhead box protein 3 T cells increased until 12 months and decreased thereafter. In addition, T-cell microarrays showed downregulation of genes in apoptotic pathways.Oral immunotherapy induces clinical desensitization to peanut, with significant longer-term humoral and cellular changes. Microarray data suggest a novel role for apoptosis in OIT.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jones, SM; Pons, L; Roberts, JL; Scurlock, AM; Perry, TT; Kulis, M; Shreffler, WG; Steele, P; Henry, KA; Adair, M; Francis, JM; Durham, S; Vickery, BP; Zhong, X; Burks, AW

Published Date

  • August 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 124 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 292 - 300.97

PubMed ID

  • 19577283

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19577283

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-6825

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-6749

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jaci.2009.05.022


  • eng