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Determine Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) Standards for Cow's Milk and Egg in Different Populations of Allergic and Non-allergic Children

Study Purpose

Determine standards of plasma levels of casein-specific immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) and egg-specific immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) as a function of age, in non-allergic children, in allergic children, and in cured former allergic patients.

Recruitment Criteria

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Study Type
Eligible Ages 1 Month - 18 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

- Minors aged 0 to 18 - In consultation or hospitalized for an oral food challenge for milk or eggs - To undergo a blood test

Exclusion Criteria:

Minors with immune deficiency, chronic inflammatory disease or immunosuppressive or immunomodulator treatment

Trial Details

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Lead Sponsor
Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris

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Principal Investigator
Guillaume Lezmi, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator Affiliation Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris

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Agency Class
Overall Status Not yet recruiting
Countries France

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Food Allergy in Children
Additional Details

Immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated allergies to cow's milk and hen's egg affects 2-3% and 0.5-2.5% of children respectively. These allergies expose to the risk of immediate anaphylactic reaction that may be life-threatening. Approximately 70-80% of children with IgE mediated allergies to cow's milk and hen's egg will tolerate these foods by the age of 6 years. However, in the absence of reliable biomarker of tolerance, to determine whether oral tolerance is obtained, it is recommended to perform an oral food challenge (OFC) in a hospital setting. This procedure is expensive, time consuming, and carries the risk of anaphylactic reactions. Many studies have tried to find predictive markers of reactivity during the OFC. For instance, serum specific IgE positive values beyond which 95% of patients would have an allergic reaction have been proposed. These values are highly variable from one study to another because of methodological differences and heterogeneity of populations, and cannot be used in clinical practice. The regular dosage of serum specific IgE and its evolution over time is used in clinical practice to predict a possible persistence of IgE mediated food allergy. Indeed, an initial high rate and/or elevation of specific IgE levels may be predictive of a persistent allergy, while initial low rates and a decrease in specific IgE may predict tolerance. When tolerance develops, there is a decrease in specific IgE levels, however, even if tolerance is obtained, they can remain positive at pathological levels. During continuous exposure to an allergen, the specific immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) response is physiological. Oral immunotherapy studies in food allergies showed an elevation of specific IgG4, associated with an elevation in the number of regulatory T lymphocytes (LTreg) and the production of interleukin (IL)-10. The development of spontaneous oral tolerance, without the intervention of immunotherapy, also seems to involve IgG4. In a prospective follow-up of a cohort of children with an IgE-mediated cow's milk allergy, the elevation of specific IgG4 was observed in those who will grown up their allergy, with rates higher than those observed in children in which allergy persist. In children with cow's milk and/or egg allergies, a low concentration of specific (IgG4 of B-Lactoglobulin or ovalbumin is associated with the need for a more prolonged exclusion regime. The balance between specific IgE and IgG4 therefore appears to be important in the development of tolerance and may reflect the balance between effector T cells and LTreg. However, the normal serum levels of IgG4 to cow's milk and hen's egg are unknown. The objectives of this study are: To determine standards of plasma concentrations of cow's milk specific IgG4 and egg-specific IgG4 according to age, in non-allergic children, in allergic children, and in formerly allergic children. To analyze the plasma IgG4 / IgE ratio according to the result of the OFC (tolerance vs.#46; reaction).

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International Sites

Hôpital Necker Enfants malades, Paris, France


Not yet recruiting


Hôpital Necker Enfants malades

Paris, , 75015

Site Contact

Guillaume Lezmi, MD, PhD


+33 1 44 49 48 38

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