Honey is a “milk” that protects us from allergic reactions to milk and other dairy products, a new study suggests.
The discovery of this new “milky” allergy may help scientists to develop a vaccine against it, which could help people living with milk allergies live longer.
Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have used the milk of milk-loving birds to test a theory that allergic reactions could be a “breath of life” for animals.
They found that the “beads” of honey contained a protein that is “highly protective” against certain types of allergies.
This type of immune system is found in bees, sheep, cows and other animals.
“It’s quite remarkable that the honey in the honeybee is so effective,” said Professor Michael Rutter, lead author of the study and professor of evolutionary biology at the university.
“We’ve known for a long time that honey contains antibodies that could be effective in controlling certain types, and now we’ve shown that they’re also effective in preventing certain types.”
“The next step is to find out if this is something that could also be beneficial to humans.”
The study was published in the journal Science.
It’s hoped that by studying the proteins found in honey, scientists could develop a “specific” vaccine against the condition.
“This could be useful in people with allergies,” Professor Rutter said.
There’s a huge amount of potential to develop such a vaccine.””
That way we could potentially find out which ones are particularly effective against allergies and which ones might not.”
“There’s a huge amount of potential to develop such a vaccine.”
Prof Rutter and his team have been studying honeybees for more than two decades, and found the bees contain a range of proteins that protect against a range, from mould to viruses.
“These proteins are really good at regulating the immune system,” Professor Dariush Mozaffarian, a senior lecturer in evolutionary biology, said.
“They can make a protein called IgE that’s able to recognise and recognise specific proteins.”
But we’ve been able to look at them in other animals, and there’s evidence that bees can also use these proteins.””
These proteins were actually important in the production of proteins like honey.”
But we’ve been able to look at them in other animals, and there’s evidence that bees can also use these proteins.
“The researchers found that honeybees have an IgE protein, which was also found in other bees.”
What we saw was that when we exposed the honeybees to pollen, we got some proteins that are very important for protecting the bees against pollen,” Professor Mozaffarians said.
This “molecular mimicry” allows the honey bees to detect pollen from the pollen, and when the bees inhale it, they can detect a different protein that protects the bees.
That is, they are able to recognize the pollen as a different type of protein.”
And that mimics the immune response that would be triggered by a pollen allergy,” Professor Mavazzarri said.
The team then looked at how the honey bee’s proteins interacted with the proteins of milk.
The honey bees used in the study were exposed to pollen from a range.
Prof Rutters and his colleagues found that when they exposed the bees to the pollen of a different strain of honeybee, they were able to mimic that bee’s allergic response.”
The bees actually responded very well to the milk that they were exposed,” Professor Giorgio De Filippi, a professor of molecular and cell biology at Queensland University, said in a statement.”
As the bees were exposed, the pollen was able to stick to their bodies.””
They were actually able to get rid of it and they got rid of the milk very quickly, without any problems.””
This was probably a response that was triggered by the bee.
“The team has found that these proteins were also able to be found in cows.”
There are a number that have been shown to have immunological functions in cows,” Professor De Filipti said.
So it’s possible that the proteins are also used by other animals as a way to protect themselves.”
In some of these animals, these proteins have been used as natural anti-inflammatory drugs, and they’re now being investigated in other areas as well.””
If we can find that the bees are able recognize these proteins in other species, it could be used in vaccine development.
“Professor De Filiari and Professor Mozafarian also said they were also interested in finding out whether these proteins are the same ones found in humans.”
If you look at other animals that have these proteins, you’ll see that they have immunosuppressive properties,” Professor Filipta said.
It will be important to find whether these honeybee proteins are unique to humans or whether other animals use them to fight other allergies.”
Even if you don’t have an allergy, you’re at risk