Allergenic proteins, such as peanut and hazelnut protein in certain food might cause severe adverse reactions in allergic patients. Rapid and easy-to-use methods are demanded if contaminated food products should be surveyed on the market. The major goal of this project is the development of rapid easy-to-use immunochemical tests for the detection of these proteins in food. The test format should allow the detection of the soluble proteins of hazelnut or peanut ( "protein-assay" ). In addition, for some selected allergenic protein fractions of peanut and hazelnut , specific assays ( "allergen-assay" ) will be developed for the detection of a certain allergen. In-vitro cellular analysis will be carried out to assess the stimulatory activity of trace amounts of these proteins in order to obtain better information on the required sensitivity of the novel assay. In addition, the dissemination of the project results is an important element of this project.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
6708 PD Wageningen
M13 OJH Manchester