Episode 32: Dr. Scott Commins and tick-induced meat allergies

This week Zach and Kelly talk to Dr. Scott Commins of the University of Virginia about his research on tick-induced meat allergies.

Links

Allergies

IgE and IgG

Interleukins (e.g., IL9)

ImClone and cetuximab

Alpha-gal

Carbohydrates and proteins

Glycosylation

Lone Star ticks (seed ticks)

Endocrine disrupters

Triclosan

Eosinophils

Popular press coverage

CNN

UVA Magazine

One comment

  1. Ben says:

    hooowww bizarre. I’m a total amateur, but my thought: a tick bites a mammal with this delicious Alpha-gal sugar, and picks some up. then it bites a human, and delivers some Alpha-gal along with its usual payload. the human’s immune system responds to the nasties that the tick delivered, and while there, incidentally/accidentally responds to the sugars as well. is this possible?

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