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Microchip Helps Determine Equine Allergies

A new discovery at the Medical University of Vienna makes it possible so that an allergen microchip can be used to reveal allergies in Horses. This new-age, international study has been published in the leading journal titled “Allergy” and shows that horses acquire an antibody reaction by producing immunoglobulin E — comparable to the IgE in humans.

 IgE is an antibody that mainly defends against parasites but also acts as an important biomarker for detecting allergies in early stages. All it takes is one drop of blood for the allergen microchip to work to detect allergies! This groundbreaking study is spearheaded by Jensen-Jarolim with the help of researchers in Japan, Switzerland and Germany. The team was able to pinpoint a large IgE immune system reaction to buckwheat, Bermuda grass and alder pollen. 

 “Buckwheat is often used as a high-protein pseudo-cereal in horse treats and horse muesli,” explains Jensen-Jarolim. “The reaction to pollen from flat-leaved Bermuda grass, in particular, is explained by the fact that, when horses are grazing, they have their noses right down to the ground. In collaboration with Uwe Berger and his team from MedUni Vienna’s Pollen Monitoring Service, we now intend to investigate the flora found in paddocks.”

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