Transgenic Rice for Mucosal Vaccine and Immunotherapy

Part of the Allergy Frontiers book series (ALLERGY, volume 6)


The use of recombinant allergen–based immunotherapy has improved current practical approaches to allergy treatment and has revealed potential new clinical strategies for the control of allergic diseases. Oral immunotherapy using a rice-based oral vaccine is one attractive strategy that was shown to be effective for the control of pollen allergies. When the peptides for a T cell specific to Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) pollen are expressed by transgenic rice seeds and orally administered to naïve mice, it induced oral tolerance responsible for the inhibition of the IgE-mediated allergic response, suppression of histamine production, and reduction of clinical symptoms (e.g., sneezing), thereby preventing the development of this pollen-induced allergy. The results may have important implications for the development of peptide-based mucosal vaccines and for immunotherapy to control allergic diseases. The potential of transgenic rice as a new mucosal vaccine-delivery vehicle for the control of allergies is reviewed from the perspective of future directions for the development of clinically effective allergy vaccines.


Allergic Disease Transgenic Rice Allergy Clin Immunol Japanese Cedar Rice Seed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshikazu Yuki
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Fumio Takaiwa
    • 4
  • Hiroshi Kiyono
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Mucosal Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, The Institute of Medical ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST)Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST)SaitamaJapan
  3. 3.Creation and Support Program for Start-ups from UniversitiesJapan Science and Technology Corporation (JST)SaitamaJapan
  4. 4.Transgenic Crop Research and Development CenterNational Institute of Agrobiological SciencesIbarakiJapan

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