Mystery of Allergic Reaction to Nickel Unlocked
August 18, 2010 —
The Nickel Institute welcomes the findings of a study by German scientists which shows that nickel binds to a single immune-system protein, one of a group of receptors known as Toll-like receptors, which signals the immune system to trigger an inflammatory response in some people.
The findings, reported in the journal Nature Immunology1, mean that the possibility of contact dermatitis from an allergy to nickel experienced by sensitised people may be able to be treated by blocking this receptor.
Stephen Barnett, President of the Nickel Institute commented: “The Nickel Institute welcomes any research that helps us to understand the mechanism of nickel allergy. It can only be good news if this discovery leads to prevention and treatment of allergic response.”
The nickel industry wholeheartedly supports the 1994 EU Nickel Directive2 limiting the release of nickel from consumer products intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with human skin, such as earrings, necklaces and watch straps.
The Nickel Institute provides advice and information on nickel allergic contact dermatitis on its website.
2 94/27/EC, as amended.
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