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Lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are food allergens found first in fruits of the Rosaceae family and later identified in other food plants. Their high structural stability causes them to behave as allergens in cooked and processed foods. Allergenic LTPs have been identified in tomato fruits as well, but studies of their thermal stability and structural characteristics are limited. In this article we report the identification of the coding region for a novel 9 kDa LTP isoform in the tomato variety San Marzano, together with the expression of the recombinant mature protein. The purified recombinant protein was further characterized for its thermal stability and was found to bind 1-palmitoil-2-lysophosphatidylcholine (Lyso-C16) after thermal treatments up to 105 °C. Analysis of a modeling derived structure of the protein allowed the identification of possible epitope regions on the molecular surface.
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