Sensitization to the Yeast Malassezia Sympodialis Is Specific for Extrinsic and Intrinsic Atopic Eczema

Barbra Fischer Casagrande, Sabine Flückiger, Maria T. Linder, Catharina Johansson, Annika Scheynius, Reto Crameri, Peter Schmid-Grendelmeier
2006 Journal of Investigative Dermatology  
The opportunistic yeast Malassezia sympodialis belongs to the normal cutaneous flora but can also cause IgEmediated sensitization in patients suffering from atopic eczema (AE). We investigated 706 individuals by ImmunoCAPm70 and skin-prick tests with a crude M. sympodialis extract. In AE patients, we further performed skin prick tests, atopy patch tests, ELISA, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells proliferation assays with recombinant M. sympodialis allergens (rMala s 1 and 5-9). In 52/97
more » ... ents with AE-specific IgE against M. sympodialis was detectable. Almost no reactivity to M. sympodialis was seen in patients suffering from other allergic diseases (4/571) and no reactivity at all was seen in healthy controls (0/38). Skin tests showed variable recognition patterns against the different molecular structures with a predominant sensitization to rMala s 1, 5, 6, and 9, confirmed also by specific serum IgE to these allergens. Interestingly, IgE-and T-cell-mediated reactivity against M. sympodialis was also found in patients with the intrinsic form of AE. Thus, sensitization to M. sympodialis is specific for AE patients and occurs in both the extrinsic and intrinsic variant of eczema. Recombinant yeast allergens represent a useful tool to study molecular structures and differential sensitization patterns in the pathogenesis of AE.
doi:10.1038/sj.jid.5700431 pmid:16778796 fatcat:ikzt4ugu5jbjnmubhg7g2jxjb4