Ulmus davidiana var. japonica Nakai Upregulates Eosinophils and Suppresses Th1 and Th17 Cells in the Small Intestine

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The bark of Ulmus davidiana var. japonica Nakai (Ulmaceae) has been used in traditional Korean medicine for chronic inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Here we investigated the frequency and cytokine profile of the major immune cells in the small intestinal lamina propria (SI LP), spleen, and mesenteric lymph nodes (MLNs) of mice treated orally with Ulmus davidiana var. japonica Nakai bark water extract (UDE) to address the immunomodulatory role of this herb in intestinal homeostasis. B6 mice were given 5g/kg UDE once daily for 14 days. They were then sacrificed, and cells were isolated from the spleen, MLNs, and SI LP. The proportion of B versus T lymphocytes, CD4(+) versus CD8(+) T lymphocytes, Th1 and Th17 cells, and Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells in the spleen, MLNs, and SI LP were analyzed. The frequency of antigen-presenting cells (APCs), including dendritic cells, macrophages, and eosinophils in the SI LP and the expression of costimulatory molecules on APCs were also evaluated. The numbers and frequencies of Th1 and Th17 cells in the SI LP were significantly reduced in the UDE-treated mice compared with PBS controls. In addition, the proportion of IL-4-producing eosinophils in the SI LP was significantly elevated in the UDE-treated mice compared with controls. Taken together, these data indicate that UDE up-regulates the number and frequency of SI LP eosinophils, which can down-regulate the Th1 and Th17 responses via IL-4 secretion and contribute to intestinal homeostasis.
Publisher
PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
Issue Date
2013-10
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

INFLAMMATORY-BOWEL-DISEASE; DENDRITIC CELLS; LAMINA-PROPRIA; IN-VIVO; GASTROINTESTINAL EOSINOPHILS; T-CELLS; RESPONSES; IMMUNITY; SIGNALS; TRACT

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PLOS ONE, v.8, no.10

ISSN
1932-6203
DOI
10.1371/journal.pone.0076716
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/240806
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MSE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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