Práce předkládá výsledky výzkumu vlivu prášku houby Ganoderma lucidum na imunitu zprostředkovanou T-buňkami u zdravých myší a myší s potlačenou imunitou linie CBA/Ca. Použita byla zkouška opožděného typu hypersenzitivity. Experimentální imunodeficience byla navozena první den pokusu intraperitoneální injekcí imunosupresivní látky cyklofosfamidu v dávce 150 mg/kg. Výsledky studie ukazují, že podání prášku Ganoderma lucidum v dávce 0,5 mg/kg perorálně po 10 dní zvyšuje odpověď opožděného typu hypersenzitivity u zdravých myší CBA/Ca. Podání 0,5 mg/kg prášku houby Ganoderma lucidum po 10 dní blokovalo rozvoj imunosuprese zprostředkované T-buňkami vyvolané podáním cyklofosfamidu a obnovilo reakci opožděného typu hypersenzitivity u myší s potlačenou imunitou.
Iryna V. Nizhenkovska; Vitalii T. Pidchenko; Nina G. Bychkova; Nina A. Bisko; Angela Y. Rodnichenko; Natalya O. Kozyko
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Čes. slov. Farm., 2015; 64, 139-143
The article presents the results of the investigation of the effect of biomass powder of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity in normal and immunosuppressed mice CBA/Ca. Delayed-type hypersensitivity assay was used. Experimental immunodeficiency was established with intraperitoneal injection of the immunosuppressant cyclophosphamide at a single dose of 150 mg/kg on the first day of the experiment. Results of the study show that the administration of biomass powder of Ganoderma lucidum in a dose of 0.5 mg/kg orally for 10 days increases the delayed-type hypersensitivity response in normal mice CBA/Ca. Administration of 0.5 mg/kg of biomass powder of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum for 10 days blocked the development of the T-cell-mediated immunosuppression, induced by administration of cyclophosphamide and restored the delayed-type hypersensitivity response in immunosuppressed mice.
Ganoderma lucidum is a wood-degrading basidiomycete, fruiting bodies of which have been used in traditional Asian medicine for more than 2000 years to prevent and/or treat various human diseases. It has been widely used for centuries as a famous and precious traditional Chinese herb in China, Japan, Korea, and other Oriental countries as a longevity-promoting and tonic herb of the non-toxic class. Ganoderma lucidum is capable of strengthening body resistance and improving constitutive homeostasis in patients1–3). Modern uses of Ganoderma therefore include the treatment of coronary heart diseases, arteriosclerosis, hepatitis, arthritis, nephritis, bronchitis, asthma, hypertension, cancer, and gastric ulcer1, 2).
As Ganoderma lucidum is very scarce in nature, artificial cultivation has become essential to meet the demands of international markets1). The main traditional Ganoderma lucidum fruiting body cultivation methods remain sawdust cultivation in bags or bottles and cultivation on natural logs. The cultivation in this way takes 3 to 5 months. Today submerged cultivation on culture media attracts the attention of researchers and has such advantages as reducing the production cycle to 2–3 weeks, a higher and more stable yield, cultivation is possible throughout the year by creating the optimal conditions required for biomass, the possibility of mechanization and automation of technological processes4). Authors use different substrate compositions for the submerged cultivation of Ganoderma lucidum mycelia. The chemical components of Ganoderma lucidum are complicated: they involve polysaccharides, flavonoids and alkaloids, amino acids, steroids, oligosaccharides, proteins, mannitol, etc.5). Submerged fermentation of Ganoderma lucidum is viewed as a fast and cost-effective alternative for efficient production of polysaccharides and ganoderic acids from Ganoderma lucidum1, 4).
The majority of scientific works are devoted to the study of fruiting bodies of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum. Wherein the vegetative mycelium is poorly studied. Mostly the works on the study of mycelium represent the investigation of polysaccharide or triterpene extracts6–10). Wherein the influence of biomass of fungus Ganoderma lucidum, grown by submerged cultivation, on various links of immunity in immunodeficient conditions is not understood.
Therefore, the aim of our study was to investigate the influence of biomass powder of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity in normal and immunosuppressed mice.
The biomass of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum was grown by submerged cultivation at the M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany (Kyiv) under the supervision of N. A. Bisko, Doctor of Biological Sciences at the Department of Mycology. Submerged cultivation of Ganoderma lucidum (strain1900) was performed at the glucose-peptone-yeast medium (glucose – 20.0, peptone – 3.0, yeast extract – 2.0, KH2PO4 – 1.0, K2HPO4 – 1.0, MGSO4 – 0.5, water – 1 l) for 14 days at the temperature of 26–28 °C. The biomass was dried and powdered.
Animal studies were conducted in compliance with the basic provisions of the European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and Other Scientific Purposes (Strasbourg, 18. 3. 1986), Council Directive 86/609/EEC of 24 November 1986 on the approximation of laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States regarding the protection of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes, Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine from February 13, 2006 No. 66, Law of Ukraine “On protection of animals from cruelty” (2006).
The study was performed in 2 stages. During stage I, the influence of biomass powder of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity in normal mice was studied. The study was performed on sexually mature (aged 3–5 months) male CBA/Ca mice. All mice received a water suspension of the biomass powder, which was placed onto pieces of bread before their main food. The animals were divided into 5 groups: 1st – control group (n = 9) of mice, which received the pieces of bread with water, groups 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th orally received 0.5 mg/kg (n = 9), 5 mg/kg (n = 9), 50 mg/kg (n = 6) and 500 mg/kg (n = 6) of biomass of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum, respectively.
A feature of Delayed Hypersensitivity Reactions is almost a complete absence of visible manifestations at the stage of formation of the immune response after the administration of a sensitizing dose of antigen (sheep red blood cells). All visible manifestations are displayed only after re-introduction of the antigen (final dose). After the introduction of the biomass powder to mice for 10 days (in experimental groups) or water (in control group), all mice were immunized with a single intraperitoneal injection of sheep red blood cells in a dose of 2 ⋅ 105 cells in a volume 0.5 ml of saline at 20 g of body weight (sensitizing dose). After 5 days, experimental animals were administered 108 sheep red blood cells in a volume of 0.02 ml (final dose) in the sole of the left rear paw (experimental group) and were injected isotonic saline in the same volume in the sole of the right rear paw (control group). Assessment of reaction was carried out after 24 hours measuring the weight difference between the experimental (E) and control (C) paws. To do this, both legs were cut off higher heel joint immediately after slaughter11).
During stage II, the influence of biomass powder of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity in immunosuppressed mice was studied. The study was performed on sexually mature (aged 3–5 months) male CBA/Ca mice. Experimental immunodeficiency was established with intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of the immunosuppressant cyclophosphamide (Endoxan® – “Baxter Oncology GmbH”, cyclophosphamide powder for injection, Germany), at a single dose of 150 mg/kg at the first day of the experiment.
Cyclophosphamide belongs to antineoplastic drugs and has cytotoxic, antitumor and immunosuppressive activity. After the injection of cyclophosphamide mice were administered the biomass powder of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum orally at a dose rate of 0.01 mg per 20 g of body weight (0.5 mg/kg). As a reference product we used Echinacea (Echinacea-Astrapharm – “Astrapharm“, tablets, Ukraine). The dose of the reference product was calculated using the coefficient which determines the ratio between the doses of remedies for humans and experimental animals of different species. For mice it is 387.9.
To investigate the influence of biomass powder of the fungus Ganodermalucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity in immunosupressed mice, the animals were divided into 4 groups: 1st – control group of mice (no immunosuppression, no treatment) (n = 6) – mice received pieces of bread with water before their main food, 2nd (CY) – immunosuppressed mice without treatment (n = 12) – mice were administered an i.p. injection of cyclophospamide 150 mg/kg, then they received pieces of bread with water for 10 days, 3rd (CY+G.l) – immunosuppressed mice which were treated with Ganoderma lucidum (n = 6) – mice were administered an i.p. injection of cyclophospamide 150 mg/kg, then they received a water suspension of the biomass powder for 10 days, which was placed onto the pieces of bread before their main food, 4th (CY+E) – immunosuppressed mice which were treated with Echinacea – mice were administered an i.p. injection of cyclophospamide 150 mg/kg, then they received a water suspension of the Echinacea tablets for 10 days, which was placed onto the pieces of bread before their main food.
After the introduction of the biomass powder (3rd group) or Echinacea (4th group) or water (1st and 2nd group), all mice were immunized with a single intraperitoneal injection of sheep red blood cells in a dose of 2 ⋅ 105 cells in a volume of 0.5 ml of saline at 20 g of body weight (sensitizing dose). After 5 days experimental animals were administered 108 sheep red blood cells in a volume of 0.02 ml (final injection) in the sole of the left rear paw (experimental group) and were injected isotonic saline in the same volume in the sole of the right rear paw (control group). Assessment of reaction was carried out after 24 hours measuring the weight difference between the experimental (E) and control (C) paws. To do this, both legs were cut off higher heel joint immediately after slaughter11).
The delayed hypersensitivity reaction index (RI) was calculated for each animal using the formula:
The data were analyzed using “Statistica 6.1“ for Windows. Student’s t-test was used for statistical analysis. Results were considered to be statistically significant at p < 0.0512, 13)
Effect of Ganoderma lucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity in normal mice
During this study it was observed that the administration of 0.5 mg/kg of biomass powder of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum to normal mice for 10 days caused a statistically proven increase in the weight of paws 2.7 times. Other doses of Ganoderma lucidum also increased the weight of paws but it was not statistically proven (Figure 1). The reaction index was increased 2.4 times after administration of 0.5 mg/kg of Ganoderma lucidum. Other doses also caused an increase in the reaction index but it was not statistically proven (Figure 2).
This assay showed that Ganoderma lucidum in a dose of 0.5 mg/kg caused a more significant stimulatory effect on T-cell-mediated immunity in normal mice. In the previous series of our research, the application of this dose of biomass powder of Ganoderma lucidum also experienced the most pronounced stimulatory effect on the humoral immune response in normal mice14) and also in immunosuppressed mice15). Therefore we used this dose to investigate the influence of Ganoderma lucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity in immunosuppressed mice.
Effect of Ganoderma lucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity in immunosuppressed mice
The injection of cyclophosphamide caused a significant reduction of delayed-type hypersensitivity response by 30% compared to control mice.
Treatment with Ganoderma lucidum in a dose of 0.5 mg/kg during 10 days blocked the development of T-cell-mediated immunosuppression and restored the delayed-type hypersensitivity response. The delayed-type hypersensitivity response in the groups of mice that were treated with Ganoderma lucidum and Echinacea was at the level of the control group and it was higher than in the group without treatment but it was not statistically proven (Figures 3 and 4).
T-cells belong to a group of white blood cells known as lymphocytes, and play multiple roles in cell-mediated immunity. These specialized cells respond to stimulation by DCs plus a peptide antigen16). Cell-mediated immunity is a T-cell-mediated defense mechanism against microbes that survive within phagocytes or infect nonphagocytic cells. Cell-mediated immunity functions to enhance antimicrobial actions of phagocytes to eliminate microbes. Cell-mediated immunity manifests as delayed type cellular immune responses as typically seen in Mantoux test. This T-cell-mediated activation of phagocytes depends on interferon gamma (IFN-γ), a major cytokine produced by type 1 T-helper (Th1) cells. Phagocytic cell activation and inflammation induced by cell-mediated immunity can cause tissue injury, typically called delayed-type hypersensitivity. In experimental animal models, delayed-type hypersensitivity responses are characterized by a granulomatous response consisting of macrophages, monocytes, and T-lymphocytes17).
So in order to study the effect of biomass powder of the fungus Ganoderma lucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity in normal and immunosuppressed mice, we used delayed-type hypersensitivity assay. In the present study, we determined, for the first time, the effect of biomass powder of Ganoderma lucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity in normal and immunosuppressed mice. The major new findings are that the administration of biomass powder of Ganoderma lucidum in a dose of 0.5 mg/kg orally for 10 days increases the delayed-type hypersensitivity response in normal mice.
Cyclophosphamide is one of the most commonly used anticancer agents and immunodepressant drugs for preventing graft rejection, treating some chronic autoimmune diseases and inducing experimental immunosuppression. Cyclophosphamide is a cytotoxic agent that can inhibit both humoral and cellular immunity18). Although cyclophosphamide is the mainstay cancer chemotherapy agent, its immunosuppressing activity represents a major clinical challenge and is a main limiting factor for sustained clinical use10). In our studies the injection of cyclophosphamide caused a significant reduction of delayed-type hypersensitivity response by 30% compared to control mice. Treatment with Ganoderma lucidum in a dose of 0.5 mg/kg for 10 days blocked the development of the T-cell-mediated immunosuppression, induced by administration of cyclophosphamide, and restored the delayed-type hypersensitivity response. None of the mice treated with Ganoderma lucidum died, nor did their body weights change significantly during the experiment period.
Cao et al. isolated a kind of polysaccharide peptide (GLPS) with a molecular weight of 584.900 from a boiling water extract of wood-cultured G. lucidum, followed by ethanol precipitation, dialysis, and protein depletion. The GLPS can increase mRNA expression of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and protein expression of granzyme B. It can also promote the cytotoxicity of specific cytotoxic T-lymphocytes induced by DCs, which were pulsed with P815 tumor antigen during the stage of antigen presentation. The mechanism of cytotoxicity is assumed to be mediated through the IFN-γ and granzyme B pathways7). Long-term (for 14 days) treatment of mice with an antler-shaped fruiting body of G. lucidum (Rokkaku-Reishi), which contains more than 40% β-D-glucan, can activate both T cells and splenic macrophages. β-D-glucan is the major ingredient of GLPS.
In a study performed by Wang et al. (1997), it was shown that polysaccharides extracted from the fresh fruiting bodies of G. lucidum can stimulate the production of IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, and IFN-γ in human monocyte-macrophages and T-lymphocytes19, 20). Fraction-3, a fucose-containing glycoprotein extracted from Ganodermalucidum, stimulated the proliferation of murine spleen cells and expression of various cytokines, including IL-1, IL-2, and IFN-γ21). These results showed that polysaccharides obtained from Ganoderma lucidum could effectively increase the cellular immune activity in vitro as well as in vivo, by modulating cytokine production22).
In addition to polysaccharides, a fungal immunomodulatory protein, Ling Zhi-8 (LZ-8), had been isolated from the mycelia of G. lucidum and was regarded as one of the major bioactive substances of Ganoderma lucidum. Chen-Hao Yeh et al. (2010) demonstrated that LZ-8 could activate murine macrophages and T lymphocytes but polysaccharides were merely the activators for macrophages, suggesting their diverse roles in activating the innate and adaptive immunity23).
Probably the immunomodulating effect of biomass powder of Ganodermalucidum on T-cell-mediated immunity can be explained by the synergistic effect of all these biologically-active substances, that could be also situated in biomass, since not always the immunomodulatory action of a pure form or the polysaccharide complex or another substance is confirmed6, 9).
Received 31 August 2015
Accepted 8 September 2015
Nizhenkovska I. V., doctor of medicine, professor
Head at Department of Biological, Bioorganic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry of Bogomolets National Medical University, Kyiv, Ukraine
Kyiv, 22 Pushkinska str, 01601
Pidchenko V. T. • Bychkova N. G. • Kozyko N.O.
Bogomolets National Medical University, Kyiv, Ukraine
Bisko N. A.
M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany NASU, Kyiv, Ukraine
The State Institute of Genetic and Regenerative Medicine NAMS Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
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