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House dust mite allergens

House dust mites are the most important indoor allergen. Approximately 1-2% of the world population suffers from house dust mite allergy.

The house dust mites are arachnoids, that are part of the Pyroglyphidae family. The most important house dust mites are Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and Dermatophagoides farinae (in drier areas).  Also Euroglyphus maynei belongs to the Pyroglyphidae family. Euroglyphus maynei is present in humid environments, especially where there is no liquid water to drink.

The house dust mites prefer to inhabitate very warm and humid environments. Usually they are found in settings where the temperature rises above 20 degrees and humidity is above 70%. The humidity is crucial for mite’s survival because they extract the water from the air. However, as a result of their great adaptability, they are able to survive in humidity saturations which are well below the optimal level.

Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (HDM) mite culture

Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (HDM) mite culture

House dust mites prevail in every household and are living within dust, textile, carpets, beds and upholster furniture.  The house dust not only provides a habitat for the mites, but also contains their food source: shed human skin scales which become colonized by molds, yeasts and bacteria. As a consequence of dusting, vacuuming and bed-making, the faecal pellets and smaller allergen – bearing particles become temporarily suspended in the air and may be inhaled by humans.

People who are genetically predisposed for allergies, also known as atopic people, can react to these particles (allergens) with manifestation of allergic symptoms. Allergens are (non) protein or substances which can induce an allergic response. The symptoms of an allergic response are comprised of: sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, red, itchy or teary eyes, wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath and itching. Furthermore, previous studies show that dust mite allergy is an independent risk factor for development of asthma.

Supplier of HDM allergens

Our main focus is the production of house dust mites (HDMs) and their allergens. Citeq was born based on a passion for mites and the research for how mites influence our daily lives. Our founders and leading scientists have pharmaceutical, biological and biochemical backgrounds. With over 25 years of experience and an extensive knowledge about mites Citeq is more than just a supplier of allergen source material. We strive for an academic collaboration with our customers in order to achieve the best possible results in research, diagnostics and immunotherapy.

Our specialty starts with our cultivation medium which has an absolute low in foreign protein. Our cultivation technique leads to high concentrations of the major allergens, resulting in strong raw materials, extracts in several grades of purity, and very pure major allergens. All our house dust mite products contain the native proteins, with no denaturing treatments during production and purification.

We deliver house dust mites source material in different forms such as whole culture, purified form (Der p 1/ Der p 2/ Der f 1/ Der f 2) and extracts. Please click on the type of house dust mite that you are interested in for more information and the available forms.

Certificate of analysis

Each product will be delivered with a certificate of analysis. The certificate of analysis provides information, e.g. allergenic pattern, protein content (BCA and Bradford method), endotoxin level, protein pattern and protease activity. On this page you can find an an example of this certificate. If you want to receive a certificate of analysis before ordering please let us know. We shall send you the certificates of multiple batches so you can compare the batches and choose the batch that meets your requirements.

Large batches

We understand that if you are using source material which is fulfilling your wishes you would like to receive the same material again for future projects. To provide material from the same batch over a longer period of time we produce large batches. This way we have we a lot of material available from a specific batch. You can even place a reservation for future orders.

HDM induced asthma models

Often we receive questions about house dust mite (HDM) induced asthma models. Which models are researchers using, which model do we recommend, what are the differences? To answer these questions we have contacted multiple research institutes all over the world and collected their models and background information. Click on this link for an overview of the available animal models.

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We deliver our products worldwide. Are you interested in ordering our products? Please contact us for a quotation and the actual delivery costs. You can contact us through info@citeq.com, +31(0)50-3137464 or fill in our contact form

You can also request a quotation through our website, just add the products you are interested in to the quotation request and we will send you a quotation with the shipping costs as soon as possible.

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