Seasonal elevation in total serum IgE and IgE antibody specific for antigen E (IgE-a-AgE) are well recognized in patients with ragweed pollenosis. We found that the ratio of specific IgE-a-AgE to total IgE in plasma was the only measure predictive of the number of specific IgE-a-AgE molecules per basophil. Although both total and specific IgE rose with season, the ratio did not change, the number of IgE-a-AgE molecules per basophil did not change, and histamine release in response to AgE did not increase.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy