Cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants for in vitro allergy diagnostics

Webinar: Cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants and their relevance to in vitro allergy diagnostics

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In this expert webinar, Dr. Friedrich Altmann discusses the importance of cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants (CCD) for in vitro allergy diagnostics. CCDs are carbohydrate molecules present on proteins derived from plants, insects, and microorganisms. It is widely accepted that sensitization to CCDs is of no clinical relevance. However, IgE antibodies directed against CCDs bind to a ubiquitous epitope and are thus cross-reactive. As a result, individuals with allergies may show false-positive results in allergy tests due to the presence of CCDs in the testing materials. This can lead to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.

CCDs have been found to be particularly relevant in the diagnosis of pollen, food, and insect venom allergies. Understanding the role of CCDs in allergy diagnostics can help healthcare professionals make more-informed decisions about testing and treatment options for their patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about different types of glycosylations.
  • Understand the relevance of glycosylations in allergy.
  • Hear about cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants and their impact on liquid- and solid-phase in vitro allergy diagnostic technologies.

Who should attend?

Allergists, general practitioners, immunologists, pediatricians, primary care physicians, respiratory therapists, gastroenterologists, nurse practitioners.

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Dr. Friedrich Altmann - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna


Dr. Friedrich Altmann
Univ. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. nat. techn.
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien)

 Dr. Friedrich Altmann is a biochemist with an extensive track record in the field of glycobiology and glycoimmunology. With more than 400 peer-reviewed publications, he is one of the leading experts on clinically relevant glycosylations. He holds a full professorship at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.