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Title 

Characteristic immunostimulation by angelan isolated from Angelica gigas Nakai

Authors 

Sang Bae HanYoung Hee KImChang Woo LeeSun Mi ParkHae Young LeeKyung Seop AhnIk Hwan KimHwan Mook Kim

Publisher 

Elsevier

Issue Date 

1998

Citation 

Immunopharmacology, vol. 40, no. 0, pp. 39-48

Keywords 

Angelica gigas NakaiAngelanImmunostimulationSpecificityB cellsMacrophages

Abstract 

The immunopharmacological characteristics of angelan, a polysaccharide purified from Angelica gigas Nakai, were investigated in relation to the specificity to immune cells. The treatment of angelan increased the expression of IL-2, IL-4, IL-6, and IFN-γ. The expression of IL-6 and IFN-γ was rapidly augmented but that of IL-2 responded later. In the case of IL-4, angelan stimulated at early time after exposure but down-regulated thereafter. These results suggested that macrophages and natural killer cells involved in nonspecific immunity were primarily activated and helper T cells were secondarily affected by angelan. Angelan also had lympho-proliferative potential to B cells, specifically. The specificity of angelan was also elucidated in a cell fractionation experiment. The activated B cells by angelan also increased antibody production. The direct activation of B cells, macrophages, and accessory cells and the indirect activation of helper T cells coordinately increased immune functions such as in vitro and in vivo T-dependent immunization and antibody production. The experiment of host resistance to syngeneic tumors also showed that angelan potentiated the immune functions. In conclusion, angelan, a purified polysaccharide from an oriental herbal drug, showed characteristic immunostimulation, which was different from clinically used polysaccharides such as lentinan and PSK.

ISSN 

0162-3109

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1. Journal Articles > Journal Articles

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2017-04-19


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