Lefèvre S1,2, Jacquenet S3, Richard C3, Astafieff K4, Peru L4, Froelicher Y5 and Kanny G1,6*
1EA 7299 « Innovative practices in health», University of Lorraine. Laboratory of medical Hydrology and Climatology, Faculty of medicine, 9 Avenue de la forêt de Haye, 54505 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France
2Allergy department, Mercy Hospital, 1 allée du Châteaux, 57530 Ars-Laquenexy, France
3GENCLIS SA, 15 rue du Bois de la Champelle, 54500 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France
4Botanical Garden of Montet, 54600 Villers-les-Nancy, France
5French National Institute for Agricultural Research - Corse San Giulano, France
6Internal Medicine, Clinical Immunology and Allergology, University Hospital, 5 rue du Morvan, 54500 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France
Received: 01 September, 2015; Accepted: 24 September, 2015; Published: 25 September, 2015
Kanny Gisèle, Allergist, Head of department – Allergy department, Mercy hospital, 1 allée du Chateau, 57530 Ars-Laquenexy, Metz, France, Tel: +33 6 07 16 48 44; E-mail:
Lefèvre S, Jacquenet S, Richard C, Astafieff K, Peru L, et al. (2015) Anaphylaxis to the Citrus Fruit Yuzu. Glob J Allergy 1(2): 035-036. DOI: 10.17352/2455-8141.000007
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Anaphylaxis; Yuzu; Citrus; Food allergy
SPTs: Skin Prick Tests; BAT: Basophil Activation Test
Introduction: We report a selective anaphylaxis to yuzu (Citrus junos).
Case Presentation: A 42-year-old woman, with no atopic history, has experienced two anaphylactic reactions after consuming yuzu. Skin prick tests (SPTs) were performed with juice, peel and pulp of commercially available lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine and yuzu, 2 cultivars of Citrus junos, 2 cultivars of Citrus reticulata, one Citrus ichangensis and food consumed during the culprit meal.
Basophil activation test and immunoblot were also performed.
Result: Skin prick test to juice and peel of yuzu and basophil activation test to juice of yuzu were positive. The protein recognized by IgE is a protein of 23 kDa.
Conclusion: Our patient presents a selective food allergy to yuzu. She consumed other citrus fruits (lemon, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine) without any reaction.
We report a selective anaphylaxis to yuzu (Citrus junos) without allergy to other citrus fruits. Citrus junos is a hybrid of a mandarin, Citrus reticulata, and a lemon fruit, Citrus ichangensis. The consumption of this citrus is common in the Japanese diet, with its peel being used as a condiment and its juice for flavoring. There has been a growing interest for this citrus as a new culinary fashion in recent years.
A 42-year-old woman, with no atopic history, has experienced two anaphylactic reactions after consuming yuzu. She presented urticaria 10 minutes after the consumption of bluefin tuna flavored in yuzu juice. Clinical signs disappeared within 24 hours without treatment. Two months later, 15 minutes after consuming a butter flavored with peel and juice of yuzu, she presented urticaria and hoarseness. She went to the emergency department, where she was given an antihistamine, corticosteroid IV, and inhaled adrenalin. The symptoms decreased quickly under treatment.
She consumed other citrus fruits (lemon, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine) without any reaction.
Skin prick tests (SPTs) were performed with juice, peel and pulp of commercially available lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine and yuzu, 2 cultivars of Citrus junos (ICVN 0110241 and SRA 846), 2 cultivars of Citrus reticulata, one Citrus ichangensis and food consumed during the culprit meal.
Basophil activation test (BAT) by flow cytometry (Flow Cast®, Bühlmann, Switzerland) was also performed with juice of Citrus junos ICVN 0110241. The CD63 molecules were used as activation marker.
Immunoblots were performed (Genclis SA) with the juice of Citrus junos cultivar ICVN 0110241. Twenty microliters of juice were separated by electrophoresis under denaturating and reducing conditions using 12 % polyacrylamide NuPage Bis-tris gels (Invitrogen). After protein transfer on PVDF membrane 0.45 µm and blocking in Tris-buffered saline with Tween (Tris 0.1 M, pH 7.5, 0.15 M NaCl and 0.1% Tween) containing 5% defatted dry milk, membranes were incubated with diluted sera (1:100 dilution). Bound IgE were detected by peroxidase-conjugated goat anti-human IgE (KPL) using ECL Western blotting kit (Amersham GE Healthcare). The approximate molecular weight (MW) of the bands was determined by comparison with the MW marker, Precision plus Protein Dual colour standard (Bio-Rad).
SPTs were positive with juice (8 mm) and peel (7 mm) of commercial yuzu, with juice of Citrus junos ICVN 0110241 (10 mm), juice (5 mm) and pulp (8 mm) of one Citrus reticulate, negative to other citrus and ingested food. Positive controls were histamine (7 mm) and codeine (5 mm). Negative control was physiological serum (no reaction).
To rule out an unspecified reaction, SPT with juice of yuzu were performed in two non-allergic persons. SPT were negative for the both.
BAT was positive, with juice of Citrus junos ICVN 0110241. At one-hundredth's dilution, the percentage of activated basophils was 13.4 with a positivity threshold of 5% (Figure 1).
Specific IgE (ImmunoCap®, Thermo fisher) to lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin, rPru p3, cypress and tuna were negative (<0.10 kU/L).
Because ImmunoCap® to yuzu was not commercially available, specific IgE to yuzu were detected by immuneblot. Immunoblot with the serum of the patient revealed an IgE-reactive band at 23 kDa in the juice of Citrus junos ICVN 0110241 (Figure 2). In contrast, no band was observed when immune blot was performed under the same conditions with the serum of a non-allergic patient (not shown).
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