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New allergen identified in common wheat apart from gluten

23 November 20202 min reading

Altınbaş University and Germany Potsdam University are researching 'Allergenic Proteins in Bread'.

Head of the Altınbaş University Gastronomy Department Prof. Dr. Heydar Özpınar, detected the types and quantities of Amylase Trypsin Inhibitor, an allergen protein in wheat varieties, for the first time in Turkey with his research on 'Detection of Allergen proteins in Common wheat Types'. Özpınar emphasized that the allergenic proteins in bread wheat flours consumed by Turkish and German peoples were examined for the first time with the project jointly carried out with the German Potsdam University Institute of Nutrition Sciences and supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

[caption id="attachment_3982" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Haydar Özpınar[/caption]

Stating that the amount of an allergen protein known as Amylase Trypsin Inhibitor (ATI), which can cause digestive disorders in some bread wheat, was found in high amounts in studies, Prof. Dr. Özpınar said that determining wheat seeds with high allergen protein content is of great importance for human health. Giving information about their joint work with Germany, Özpınar said that after the conference on 'Bread and Its Importance' organized in 2019, he started to believe that bread wheat should be examined in terms of allergen proteins. This is the reason why he carried out such a study. "Tools developed for the detection of human health are used to detect other proteins that cause cancer or negatively affect health, but unfortunately this advanced technology has never been used in our country on foods," said Prof. Dr. Haydar Özpınar. “Celiac disease caused by gluten in wheat and its symptoms are known. However, there is not enough information about allergen proteins called Amylase Trypsin Inhibitors (ATI), which are also found in wheat. With my team, I made a research on Amylase Trypsin Inhibitors and their amounts in bread wheat flour collected from different regions in Turkey for the first time."

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