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Case Report


Mantis Shrimp Allergy


R Eiró Alonso, 1 B Bartolomé Zavala, 2 JM Soler Escoda 1

1 ALLERCEN (Allergy Center) Barcelona-Spain
2 Lab. Bial-Aristegui R & D Department. Bilbao, Spain

J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol 2006; Vol. 16(6): 394-396



We report the case of a 25-year-old female who experienced two immediate episodes of labial, lingual and larynx angiodema after eating fried mantis shrimp (Squilla empusa), a crustacean belonging to the Squillidae family, and a third episode after eating shellfi sh pudding. Prick by prick tests to mantis shrimp and to other crustacean were positive. Serum specifi c IgE showed higher values than 0.35 kU/L to extracts from mantis shrimp shell, prawn, large prawn and crab. Serum specifi c IgE against large prawn tropomyosin were below 0.35 kU/L. Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electropheresis (SDS-PAGE) immunoblotting results with raw mantis shrimp shell revealed IgE-binding bands of 46 kDa and 25 kDa, in non reducing and reducing conditions, respectively. Cross-reactivity studies using the enzyme allergo sorbent test (EAST)-inhibition and Immunoblotting-inhibition methods showed the existence of signifi cant cross-reactivity between the IgE-binding proteins present in mantis shrimp and those from prawn, large prawn and small crab.

Key words: Mantis shrimp. Squilla empusa. Crustaceans. Immediate hypersensitive reaction. Cross-reactivity. Tropomyosin.