Immunological Characterization of the Major Ragweed Allergens Amb a I and Amb a II
Pollen from short ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) is the source of one of North America’s most important allergens (King, 1976). Ambrosia artemisiifolia is a widespread weed of the Compositae family, which is comprised of several related species (King and Norman, 1986). Although the pollinating season for ragweed varies depending on the geographical location, it is generally from midsummer to late autumn in the eastern and central United States. Approximately 10% of the U.S. population is allergic to ragweed pollen, making this allergen source highly significant in terms of clinical disease.
KeywordsPollen Allergen Pollen Extract Ragweed Pollen Short Ragweed Ragweed Allergen
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