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Novel Method for the Purification of House Dust Mite Allergen Der p 1 and Its Use in Structure-Based Chemical Design of Novel Inhibitors

  • Jihui Zhang
  • Clive RobinsonEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2020)


House dust mites are globally significant triggers of allergic disease. Notable among their extensive repertoire of allergens are the Group 1 cysteine peptidase allergens which function as digestive enzymes in house dust mites. Compelling evidence suggests that the proteolytic activity of these molecules plays a key role in the development and maintenance of allergic diseases through the activation of innate immune mechanisms which exploit genetic predispositions to allergy. Growing interest in this area creates a requirement for high-quality purified protein, whether natural or recombinantly expressed. It has also identified these allergens as therapeutic targets for a novel approach to allergy treatment through modulation of innate immune responses. The purpose of this chapter is to describe a new method for the purification of Der p 1 and use of the protein produced in a screening assay designed for the discovery of novel inhibitors of Group 1 house dust mite allergens.

Key words

House dust mite Der p 1 purification Allergen delivery inhibitors Innate immunity Structure-based drug design Protein purification Protease assay 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Microbial ResourcesInstitute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Institute for Infection and Immunity, St George’s University of LondonLondonUK

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