Special Issue "The IgE System"


A special issue of Antibodies (ISSN 2073-4468).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Luca Vangelista
Protein Engineering and Therapeutics Group, Division of Immunology, Transplantation and Infectious Diseases, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Via Olgettina 58, 20132 Milan, Italy
Website: http://www.hsr.it/research/organization/divisions-centers/division-of-immunology-transplantation-and-infectious-diseases/luca-vangelista/
Interests: molecular biology of IgE and FcεRI; IgE versus cancer; HIV-1 inhibitors and microbicides; CCL5/RANTES engineering; commensal bacteria engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The IgE antibody, with its homeostasis, biological significance and disease implications, constitutes a system that sparks the curiosity and interest of a large number of investigators. This interest dates even long before IgE was discovered and characterized and the immune potency and intrinsic difficulty that surrounds some aspects of this antibody class is a continuous source for new discoveries and debates. This Special Issue would reach its purpose by becoming a forum for the state of the art knowledge and dissemination on this fascinating system.

With the aim to keep IgE central to all its multifaceted aspects, this issue welcomes contributions from a wide range of topics, such as: the IgE system regulation (e.g., genetic, molecular and cellular); the B cell differentiation and homeostasis behind IgE production and memory; the IgE receptor system (FcϵRI, CD23, galectins); the central role of IgE in allergy (including aspects related to the IgE-allergen interaction); the IgE system implications in physiology and pathology (including some less classic/obvious implications); the special case of IgE antibody engineering to combat allergic manifestations and beyond (e.g., cancer and IgE formats as antibody engineering tools); and antibody and drug development against IgE (e.g., therapeutic anti-IgE monoclonal antibodies and small chemical inhibitors of the IgE-FcϵRI interaction).

Dr. Luca Vangelista
Guest Editor


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  • allergy
  • antibody engineering
  • antibody formats
  • antibody fragments
  • B cells
  • clinical studies
  • Fc engineering
  • Fcϵ receptors
  • immune complexes
  • immunoreceptors
  • inflammation
  • monoclonal antibodies
  • preclinical studies
  • signal transduction
  • small-molecule drugs

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Antibodies 2014, 3(1), 56-91; doi:10.3390/antib3010056
Received: 19 November 2013 / Revised: 19 December 2013 / Accepted: 18 January 2014 / Published: 22 January 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: IgE/FcepsilonRI-Mediated Immune Activation – Lessons from Mouse Models
Authors: Barbara Platzer and Edda Fiebiger
Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School 300, Longwood Ave, GI Cell Biology Laboratory, Enders 630, Boston, MA, 02115, USA; E-Mail: Edda.Fiebiger@childrens.harvard.edu
Abstract: Mast cells and basophils in mice as well as in humans express Fc-epsilon-RI, the high affinity IgE Fc receptor. Antigen-specific crosslinking of IgE loaded to Fc-epsilon-RI on the cell surface of these innate effector cells of allergy is therefore the most thoroughly studied immune activation step of the allergic cascade. In humans, Fc-epsilon-RI is additionally constitutively expressed on dendritic cells (DCs), a sentinel innate cell type responsible for antigen-presentation and induction of primary T cell responses. Importantly, human DCs not only express Fc-epsilon-RI but also use the receptor to load their cell surface with monomeric IgE. IgE-loaded DCs are found in peripheral blood of healthy humans from birth onwards. In an attempt to understand the physiological importance of Fc-epsilon-RI receptor expression on human dendritic cells, transgenic mice with humanized Fc-epsilon-RI expression were generated. In this review, we discuss advantages and disadvantages of using such mice for modeling human allergic diseases.

Last update: 13 August 2013

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