4. McGovern, J. P., McElhenny, T. R., and
R. M. Brown, Jr. 1965. Airborne algae and their allergenicity.
Part I. Air sampling and delineation of the problem. Ann Allergy
This brief paper summarizes work using algae
isolated from the air on Petri dishes which were subsequently
isolated into axenic culture, then proteins were extracted using
an acetone powder preparation. This material was used for skin
tests on human patients. Some of these indicated a mild wheel
and flare reaction suggesting that they had been exposed to this
allergen and had antibodies to it. Since many airborne algae are
from soils naturally, this would suggest the source. In fact,
a number of farmers, who at the time plowed open fields and were
exposed to dust also had reactions to these algal extracts. Obviously
more work needs to be done in this interesting area.
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