Gunnar Johansson (biochemist)

Gunnar Johansson (born 1954) is a biochemist at the Uppsala University at Sweden. He is credited, along with Ishizaka's team,[1] and Hans Bennic,[2] for the discovery of a kind of antibody (or immunoglobulin) called IgE[3] that mediates immunity to parasites and also has an essential role in type I hypersensitivity and allergic diseases. Their joint paper was published in April 1969.[4]

Johansson is a professor of biochemistry at the Uppsala University.[5] His research is focused on enzyme nanotechnology and sustainable materials technology based on biomass.[6]


  1. Ishizaka K, Ishizaka T, Hornbrook MM (1966). "Physico-chemical properties of human reaginic antibody. IV. Presence of a unique immunoglobulin as a carrier of reaginic activity". J. Immunol. 97 (1): 75–85. PMID 4162440.
  2. Johansson SG, Bennich H. Immunological studies of an atypical (myeloma) immunoglobulin. Immunology 1967; 13:381-94.
  3. The discovery of IgE, Stanworth DR. Allergy 1993: 48: 67-71
  4. Ishizaka,, Teruko; Ishizaka, Kimishige; Johansson, S. Gunnar O.; Bennich, Hans (April 1, 1969). "Histamine Release from Human Leukocytes by Anti-λE Antibodies". Journal of Immunology. 102 (4): 884–892. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  5. "Biochemical technology: Bioresource technology and enzyme nanotechnology". Uppsala University - Sweden. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  6. "1GEM - Supervisors". Uppsala University. 2013. Retrieved 2016-02-29.

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