Special Issue "Venom Allergy: General Concepts, Allergens, Diagnosis and Treatment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: hymenoptera venom; venom allergy; allergy; immunological mechanisms; T cell response; B cell response; antibodies; immunological tolerance; allergen; venom proteomics; biochemical protein characterization
I am pleased to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of Toxins dealing with all aspects of venom allergy. Venom allergy is one of the most serious IgE-mediated hypersensitivity reactions due to the high risk of severe and even fatal anaphylaxis. In different regions of the world, stings of various Hymenoptera species, such as bees, yellow jackets, wasps or stinging ants, are common elicitors of venom allergy. Moreover, invasive species, such as the European paper wasp or the Asian hornet, are gaining importance in allergology. In the majority of patients, venom allergy can be effectively treated by venom-specific immunotherapy, the only available immunomodulatory and curative approach. However, adequate patient management and treatment rely on a comprehensive diagnostic work-up, including the proof of clinically relevant sensitization and identification of the allergy-relevant venom. In recent years, biochemical and molecular biological methods have made a significant contribution to the identification and characterization of new allergens of Hymenoptera venoms, shifting the focus from the whole venom to individual allergenic molecules. For instance, this has led to the development of molecular or component-resolved diagnostics, which in several cases has improved accurate diagnosis. Moreover, venom allergy represents an ideal model to study the mechanisms of allergic inflammation and immune tolerance to allergens as well as the allergen–immune system interaction.
This Special Issue aims to give a comprehensive overview of current state-of-the-art concepts, as well as the latest developments and further perspectives, in venom allergy. Moreover, allergy-relevant species, as well as their venoms and venom allergens, should be addressed.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) venom proteomics and allergens, diagnosis and treatment of venom allergy as well as basic immunological and biochemical mechanisms.
I look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Simon Blank
Manuscript Submission Information
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- allergy diagnosis
- Hymenoptera venom
- immunological tolerance
- insect sting anaphylaxis
- stinging Hymenoptera
- venom allergy
- venom–immune system interaction
- venom proteomics
- venom-specific immunotherapy
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: New Polistes dominula venom allergens
Authors: Simon Blank
Affiliation: Center of Allergy and Environment (ZAUM), Technical University of Munich, Faculty of Medicine and Helmholtz Center Munich, German Research Center for Environmental Health, D-85764 Munich, Germany
Title: The venom proteome of Vespa velutina
Authors: Simon Blank
Affiliation: Center of Allergy and Environment (ZAUM), Technical University of Munich and Helmholtz Center Munich, Member of the German Center of Lung Research (DZL), Munich, Germany
Title: Management of hornet venom allergy
Authors: Peter Korošec; Mitja Košnik
Affiliation: University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases Golnik, Golnik, Slovenia
Title: Mangement of Polistes Vespula double-sensitization
Authors: Carmen Moreno
Affiliation: Allergy Unit of the Reina Sofía University Hospital