Test Catalog

Test Id : BETV2

BET v2 (Profilin), IgE, Serum

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Evaluation of patients suspected birch pollen allergy


Evaluation of patients with suspected peanut allergy


Evaluation of patients with oral allergy syndrome to other pollens or plant-based foods


This test determines the relative amount of IgE antibody to the cross-reactive profilin, Bet v2.


IgE antibodies to Bet v2 are associated with birch pollen sensitivity and oral allergy syndrome.


The presence of IgE antibodies to Bet v2 represents a potential minor marker of peanut allergenicity.


Antibodies to Bet v2 may be associated with broad allergenic cross-reactivity with other profilin containing pollens or foods.

Special Instructions
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Method Name
A short description of the method used to perform the test

Fluorescence Enzyme Immunoassay (FEIA)

NY State Available
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Reporting Name
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BET v2 (Profilin), IgE, S

Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching


Betula verrucosa



Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Ordering Guidance

For a listing of allergens available for testing, see Allergens - Immunoglobulin E (IgE) Antibodies in Special Instructions


BET v2 is also available as part of the PEANT / Peanut, IgE with Reflex to Peanut Components, IgE, Serum. This reflex test includes Ara h2, h1, h3, h6, h9, and Bet v2 (profilin) if the initial Peanut IgE test is detectable.

Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing


Preferred: Red top

Acceptable: Serum gel

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL for every 5 allergens requested

Special Instructions
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Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

For 1 allergen: 0.3 mL

For more than 1 allergen: (0.05 mL x number of allergens) + 0.25 mL deadspace

Reject Due To
Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross lipemia OK
Gross icterus OK

Specimen Stability Information
Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 14 days
Frozen 90 days
Ambient 7 days

Useful For
Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Evaluation of patients suspected birch pollen allergy


Evaluation of patients with suspected peanut allergy


Evaluation of patients with oral allergy syndrome to other pollens or plant-based foods

Clinical Information
Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Immunoglobulin E antibodies to the Bet v 2a profilin protein have been reported in 10% to 38% of birch pollen-allergic patients. Birch pollen is highly allergenic and is a significant cause of immediate hypersensitivity, affecting as much as 5% to 50% of the population of Western Europe. The presence of antibodies to Bet v 2, may also indicate sensitivity to other profilin containing pollens including ragweed pollen, mugwort pollen, and timothy grass pollen.


The profilin Bet v2 is related to, and cross-reactive with, antibodies to the potential peanut allergen profilin Ara h5. As profilin proteins are present in many other foods, sensitivity to profilin Bet v2 may be associated in broad allergen cross-reactivity among foods, including mango, peach, apple, hazelnut, celery, carrot, paprika, anise, fennel, coriander, cumin, tomato, and potato.


The most common manifestation of allergy to food in profilin related allergic individuals is oral allergy syndrome. Profilins are generally not resistant to heat and digestion. Individuals with birch pollen allergy and oral allergy syndrome are more frequently allergic to apples and peaches than to other foods. In cases of allergic reaction associated with oral allergy syndrome, rhinitis, itching, tingling, and other mild reactions on the oropharyngeal mucosa were reported to be the most common complaints.

Reference Values
Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.


IgE kU/L



















Strongly positive



Strongly positive


> or =100

Strongly positive

Concentrations > or =0.70 kU/L (Class 2 and above) will flag as abnormally high.

Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Profilins are potentially cross-reactive allergenic proteins found in many plant pollens and tissues. IgE antibodies to the profilin Bet v2, while associated with birch pollen sensitivity, also represent a minor peanut allergen marker as it is cross-reactive with the peanut profilin Ara h5. The presence of antibodies to profilin Bet v2 is typically associated with milder allergic reactions and oral allergy syndrome.

Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Results from IgE antibody testing must be interpreted in the context of patient’s clinical evaluation and history of allergen exposures.


The major allergen in birch pollen is Bet v1 (which is homologous to the peanut allergen Ara h8), as antibodies to the Bet v1 is found in as many as 95% in birch pollen patients. In cases of suspected birch pollen allergy, testing for antibodies to the profilin Bet v1 should be considered in addition to this test for profilin Bet v2 antibodies.


Positive results for IgE to peanut allergy markers, such as profilin Bet v2, are not diagnostic for peanut allergy and only indicate that the patient may be sensitized to peanut component or a cross-reactive allergen. Clinical correlation of results from in vitro IgE testing with patient history of allergic or anaphylactic responses to peanut is recommended.


Testing for IgE antibodies may not be useful in patients previously treated with immunotherapy to determine if residual clinical sensitivity exists, or in patients in whom the medical management does not depend upon identification of allergen specificity.


False-positive results for IgE antibodies may occur in patients with markedly elevated serum IgE (>2500 kU/L) due to nonspecific binding to allergen solid phases.

Clinical Reference
Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Anhoej C, Backer V, Nolte H: Diagnostic evaluation of grass- and birch-allergic patients with oral allergy syndrome. Allergy. 2001 Jun;56(6):548-552. doi: 10.1034/j.1398-9995.2001.056006548.x

2. Sekerkova A, Polackova M: Detection of Bet v1, Bet v2 and Bet v4 specific IgE antibodies in the sera of children and adult patients allergic to birch pollen: evaluation of different IgE reactivity profiles depending on age and local sensitization. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2011;154(4):278-85. doi: 10.1159/000321819

3. D'Amato G, Cecchi L, Bonini S, et al: Allergenic pollen and pollen allergy in Europe. Allergy. 2007 Sep;62(9):976-990. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.2007.01393.x

4. Cabanos C, Tandang-Silvas MR, Odijk V, et al: Expression, purification, cross-reactivity and homology modeling of peanut profilin. Protein Expr Purif. 2010 Sep;73(1):36-45. doi: 10.1016/j.pep.2010.03.005

5. Bublin M, Breiteneder H: Cross-reactivity of peanut allergens. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2014 Apr;14(4):426. doi: 10.1007/s11882-014-0426-8

6. Chan ES, Greenhawt MJ, Fleischer DM, Caubet JC: Managing cross-reactivity in those with peanut allergy. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019 Feb;7(2):381-386. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2018.11.012

7. Simberloff T, Parambi R, Bartnikas LM, et al: Implementation of a standardized clinical assessment and management plan (SCAMP) for food challenges. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2017 Mar-Apr;5(2):335-344.e3. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2016.05.021

Special Instructions
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Method Description
Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

Specific IgE from the patient's serum reacts with the allergen of interest, which is covalently coupled to an ImmunoCAP. After washing away nonspecific IgE, enzyme-labeled anti-IgE antibody is added to form a complex. After incubation, unbound anti IgE is washed away and the bound complex is then incubated with a developing agent. After stopping the reaction, the fluorescence of the eluate is measured. Fluorescence is proportional to the amount of specific IgE present in the patient's sample (ie, the higher the fluorescence value, the more IgE antibody is present).(Package insert: ImmunoCAP System Specific IgE FEIA. Rev 06/2019)

PDF Report
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Day(s) Performed
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Monday through Friday

Report Available
The interval of time (receipt of sample at Mayo Clinic Laboratories to results available) taking into account standard setup days and weekends. The first day is the time that it typically takes for a result to be available. The last day is the time it might take, accounting for any necessary repeated testing.

Same day/1 to 3 days

Specimen Retention Time
Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

14 days

Performing Laboratory Location
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This test has been cleared, approved, or is exempt by the US Food and Drug Administration and is used per manufacturer's instructions. Performance characteristics were verified by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.

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LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
BETV2 BET v2 (Profilin), IgE, S 30985-6
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
BETV2 BET v2 (Profilin), IgE, S 30985-6

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