Abstract Approximately one-third of the world’s population suffers from allergies1. Exposure to allergens crosslinks immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies that are bound to mast cells and basophils, triggering the release of inflammatory mediators, including histamine2. Although IgE is absolutely required for allergies, it is not understood why total and allergen-specific IgE concentrations do not reproducibly correlate with allergic disease3,4,5. It is well-established that glycosylation of IgG dictates its effector function and has disease-specific patterns. However, whether IgE glycans differ in disease states or affect biological activity is completely unknown6. Here we perform an unbiased examination of glycosylation patterns of total IgE from individuals with a peanut allergy and from non-atopic individuals without allergies. Our analysis reveals an increase in sialic acid content on total IgE from individuals with a peanut allergy compared with non-atopic individuals. Removal of sialic acid from IgE attenuates effector-cell degranulation and anaphylaxis in several functional models of allergic disease.
Citation Shade, K.C., Conroy, M.E., Washburn, N. et al. Sialylation of immunoglobulin E is a determinant of allergic pathogenicity. Nature (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2311-z