Larry Arlian (Advisor), Scott Baird (Committee Member), Barbara Hull (Committee Member)
Master of Science (MS)
Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus culture extracts are used for skin testing, immunotherapy and research studies. There is a need to develop an effective culture method so that standardized extracts and allergens can be produced. The purpose of this study was to examine if different diets effect mite population growth and the amount of allergen produced in cultures. Dermatophagoides farinae and Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus were cultured on diets A and B. The density of mites, life stage composition and allergen concentration was determined at two week intervals. Enzyme-linked immune sorbent assays (ELISA) were used to assess group 1 and group 2 allergen concentrations. This study showed that diet is an important factor for culturing of mites. Diet B was found to be better suited to culture Dermatophagoides farinae whereas diet A was better for culturing of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus. Diet A cultures of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus produced greater concentrations of group 2 allergen than diet B.
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Department of Biological Sciences
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