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Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2011 Dec;33(4):709-13. doi: 10.3109/08923973.2011.562215. Epub 2011 Mar 14.

Gomisin N has anti-allergic effect and inhibits inflammatory cytokine expression in mouse bone marrow-derived mast cells.

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College of Pharmacy and Wonkwang-Oriental Medicines Research Institute, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Jeonbuk, Republic of Korea Republic of Korea.


Gomisin N is a bioactive compound and a prominent anti-allergic agent found in the fruits of tree Schizandra chinensis. However, its effects on the bone marrow-derived mast cell (BMMC)-mediated allergy and inflammation mechanism remain unknown. In this study, the biological effects of gomisin were evaluated while focusing on its effects on the allergic mediator in PMA + A23187-stimulated BMMCs. The anti-allergic effect of gomisin has shown that inhibited PMA + A23187-induced interleukin-6 (IL-6) production. An investigation was also conducted to determine its effects on the production of several allergic mediators including prostaglandin D(2) (PGD(2)), leukotriene C(4) (LTC(4)), β-hexosaminidase (β-Hex), and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) protein. The results revealed that gomisin inhibited the PMA + A23187-induced production of IL-6, PGD(2), LTC(4), β-Hex, and COX-2 protein. Taken together, these findings indicate that gomisin N has the potential for use in the treatment of allergy.

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