Agent Name

Nacre (mother-of-pearl)

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Mother-of-pearl

Category

Animal-Derived Allergens

Sources/Uses

Nacre is the "pearly interior layer of certain mollusk shells, used to make decorative objects." [American Heritage Dictionary]

Comments

Occupational asthma reported in a nacre (mother-of-pearl) button maker; [Malo] Hypersensitivity pneumonitis has been reported in workers sawing and grinding mollusc shells to make nacre buttons. The suspected antigen is aquatic animal proteins. [Rom, p. 390]

Adverse Effects
Asthma

Yes

Fibrogenic

Yes

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Diseases

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