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Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus) and respiratory illness


The following is a comprehensive list of the published literature relative to oilseed rape allergy syndrome.


Oilseed rape - allergen or irritant?

Galloway D.  Clinical and Experimental Allergy 2000; 30 308-309

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Sensitisation to oilseed rape is not due to cross-reactivity with grass pollen

Welch J., et al. Clinical and Experimental Allergy 2000; 30: 370-375


Allergenicity of grass and oilseed rape pollen

Meinir G Jones., et al. Immunology Today, Vol. 21, Issue 3, 1 Mar 2000, p155-156


Is oil seed rape sensitisation due to cross reactivity with grass pollen?

Jones M.G. Rapid Response 1999 December 11


Is rapeseed really an allergenic plant? Popular myths versus scientific realities

Murphy Denis. Immunology Today, Vol. 20, Issue 11, 1 Nov 1999, p511-514

NOTE: Critique of Murphy’s paper (Armitage 2007)


Identification of allergens in oilseed rape (brassica napus) pollen

Focke M., et al. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 1998 Oct; 117(2) : 105-12


Oilseed rape-induced symptoms in Scotland

Parratt D., McFarlane-Smith W., Clark R.A. Rapid Response 1998 July 13


The health effects of oilseed rape - myth or reality?

Hemmer W. British Medical Journal 1998 May 2; 316(7141): 1327-1328


Identification of volatile organic compounds emitted in the field by oilseed rape (brassica napus ssp. oleifera) over the growing season

McEwan M., Macfarlane Smith W.H. Clinical Exp Allergy 1998 Mar; 28 (3): 332-338


Oilseed rape is a potentially relevant allergen

Hemmer W. Clinical and Experimental Allergy 1997 27(2), 156-161


Oilseed rape - allergenicity and irritancy
Medical Research Council, Institute for Environment & Health, Assessment A3

(not published in Learned Journals)


Oilseed rape sensitivity

McSharry C. Clinical and Experimental Allergy 27(2), 125-127


Health effects due to inhalation of oilseed rape emissions

Anto J.M. Lancet 1997 Aug 16; 350 (9076): 458-459


Evaluation of the allergic/irritant potential of air pollutants - detection of proteins modified by volatile organic compounds from oilseed rape (brassica napus ssp. oleifera) using electrospray ionisation-mass spectometry

Butcher R.D., et al. Clinical Exp Allergy 1995 Oct; 25 (10): 985-992


Evidence that oilseed rape causes respiratory illness in rural dwellers

Parratt D., Macfarlane Smith W.H., Cameron L.A. Sco Med Journal 1995; 40: 074-76.


Oilseed rape and bronchial reactivity

Souter A., Harker C., Seaton A., Packe G. 1995 Occup. & Environ. Med. 52(9): 575-580


The identification of potential aerollergens/irritants from oilseed rape - volatile organic compounds emitted during flowering progression

Butcher R.D., Macfarlane Smith W.H. Clinical Exp Allergy 1994; 24: 1105-1114


Oilseed rape and seasonal symptoms

Seaton A. Souter A. Clinical Exp Allergy 1994 Dec; 24(12): 1089-1090


Oilseed rape and seasonal symptoms - epidemiological and environmental studies

Souter A., Harker C., Seaton A. Thorax 1994; 49: 352-356


The identification of chemicals with sensitizing or immunosuppressive properties in routine toxicology

Basketter D.A., et al. Fed. Chem. Toxic. 1994; Vol. 32, No. 3 289-296


The Precautionary approach to oilseed rape allergy

Armitage Derek A. February 1994 (not published in Learned Journals)


Increase in asthma - a more toxic environment or a more susceptible population?

Seaton A., Godden D.J., Brown K. Thorax 1993; 49: 171-174.


Oilseed rape; a new allergen?

Fell P.J., et al. Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 1991:22;501-505.


Atopic conditions

Layzell J.C.M., The Veterinary Record, 1991: Feb 16; 166.


Oilseed rape not a potent antigen

Ninan T.K., et al. The Lancet 1990: 336;808.


Oilseed rape as a potent antigen

Parratt D., et al. The Lancet 1990: 335; 121.


Oilseed rape - There is no evidence... Are we sure?

Cameron L.A., Angus District Council Oilseed Rape Allergy Report, 31:8:90.

(not published in Learned Journals)


Oilseed rape and asthma

Mayer T.C. Journal of Royal College of Gen Practitioners, April 1989: p168.


Headspace volatiles of whole plants and macerated plant parts of brassica and sinapis.

Tollsten L & Bergstrom G. Phytochemistry, 1988:27;4013-4018.


North American pollinosis due to insect pollinated plants

Lewis W.H. & Vinay P. Annals of Allergy, 1979: 42;309-3 18.


Rape pollen allergy

Bucur I. & Arner B. Scandinavian Respiratory Disease, 1978: 59;222-227.


Allergic compounds in nature

Velta Goppers & H.J. Paulus. Int. Arch. Allergy, 1967 31: 546-550.


Rape pollen allergy

Colldahl H. Acta Allergol, 1954:7;367.


Brassicas - Food Allergy and Contact Dermatitis


Rapeseed oil does not cause allergic reactions

Gylling H. Allergy. 2006 Jul: 61 (7): 895


Napins, 2S albumins, are major allergens in oilseed rape and turnip rape

Puumalainen T.J., et al. J Allergy Clinical Immunology 2006 Feb; 117 (2) 426-432


Turnip rape and oilseed rape are new potential food allergens in children with atopic dermatitis

Poikonen S., et al. Allergy. 2006 Jan; 61(1) : 124-7


Polygalacturonase (pectinase), a new oilseed rape allergen

Chardin H., et al. Allergy. 2003 58 (5), 407-411


Cutaneous allergy to mustard in a salad maker

Dannaker C.J. & White I.R. Contact Dermatitis 1987: 16;212-214.


The Initiator role of certain respiratory and skin contaminants in food allergies

Gervais P., et al. Allergie et Immunologic vol 19, No 1,1987, p7-11.


Immediate hypersensitivity to mustard and rape

Medwing B. Contact Dermatitis 1985: 13;121-122.


Contact Urticaria from cabbage

Calnan C.D. Contact Dermatitis 1981 :7;279.


Anaphylactic shock from mustard after ingestion of pizza

Panconesi B., et al. Contact Dermatitis 1980:6;294.


Plants and plant products injurious to the skin

Mitchell J. & Rook A. Botanical Dermatology.,Vancouver, Greengrass., 1979 227.


A cauliflower allergy

Ketel W.G.van., Contact Dermatitis, 1975:1;324.


Allergic contact & dermatitis from radish

Mitchell J. & Jordan W.P., British Journal of Dermatology, 1974 91; 183.


Rape Flour and Occupational Asthma


Oilseed rape flour - another allergen causing occupational asthma among farmers

Alvarez MJ., et al. Allergy. 2001; 56: 185-188


Rape Grain Dust and Occupational Asthma


Oilseed rape allergy presented as occupational asthma in the grain industry

Suh C-H., et al. Clinical and Experimental Allergy 1998; 28: 1159-1163


Oilseed Rape and Equine Respiratory Illness


New aeroallergens in agricultural and related practice

McSharry C. Clinical and Experimental Allergy 1992: 22;423-426.


Preliminary observations on inhalation and intradermal challenges of horses with oilseed rape

McGorum B.C. & Dixon P.M., The Veterinary Record, 1992: 131; 166.


Headshaking in horses

Mair T. & Lane G. In Practice Sept 1990, p183-186.


Oilseed rape and equine respiratory disease

Hackett I.J., The Veterinary Record 14/7/90, p46.


Pasture-associated seasonal respiratory disease in two horses

Dixon P.M. & McGorum B.C., The Veterinary Record 6: 1:90, p9-12.



Author - Armitage; copyright 2007

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