Alpha-Gliadin-33-mer IgA+IgM

Optimal Result: 0.2 - 2 ELISA Index.

Gliadin is a glycoprotein. It is an alcohol-soluble protein present in wheat and occurring in various forms (a-, g-, and w-gliadins). a-Gliadin-33-mer is produced by natural digestion processes. It is resistant to proteolytic degradation and stimulates T cells.

Known Cross-Reactions: 21 Hydroxylase, Asialoganglioside, Corn, Cytochrome P450, Dairy proteins, Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase, Myelin Basic Protein, Millet, Myocardial Peptide, Oats, Osteocyte, Ovary, Rice, Synapsin, Thyroid Peroxidase, Yeast; Cerebellar


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What does it mean if your Alpha-Gliadin-33-mer IgA+IgM result is too high?

Antibodies Appear in Celiac disease.

Gliadin contains the toxic peptides associated with Celiac Disease (CD). Assessing immune reactivity to a variety of wheat proteins increases the sensitivity for wheat/gluten reactivity. Detection of salivary antibodies to gliadin may indicate abnormal mucosal immune response and early onset of intestinal barrier dysfunction. Coupled with Transglutaminase-2 antibodies testing, Gliadin antibody assay results can assist with diagnosing potential CD and Gluten Reactivity (GR). If both are positive, the patient is at risk for developing CD. If Gliadin is positive and Transglutaminase-2 negative the patient could be suffering from GR. Epithelial translocation of a-gliadin-33-mer, and the subsequent uptake of 33-mer, is higher in untreated Celiac disease than in Celiac patients on a glutenfree diet.

In patients with active CD, CD71, a protein that is required for iron delivery, is overexpressed in the intestinal epithelium. In a recent study, intestinal transport of 33-mer peptides was blocked by polymeric and secretory IgA (SIgA) and by soluble CD71 receptors. Retrotranscytosis of SIgA–gliadin complexes may therefore promote the entry of harmful gliadin peptides into the intestinal mucosa, and subsequently trigger an immune response and perpetuate intestinal inflammation. Inflammation may trigger autoimmunity.

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