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[Experimental study of spirulina platensis in treating allergic rhinitis in rats].

[Article in Chinese]

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Affiliated Hospital of Guangdong Medical College, Zhanjiang 524001, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the therapeutic effect of spirulina platensis in allergic rhinitis (AR).

METHODS:

Ovalbumin sensitized white rats used as AR animals were treated with spirulina platensis (SPP). At the end of the treatment, the differences in the behavior science were observed; the changes in the nasal mucosa and mast cell degranulation were studied pathologically; and the levels of serum histamine and total immunoglobulin (Ig) E were determined by enzyme-linked immune sorbent assay.

RESULTS:

The behavior science score of the SPP treatment group was lower than that of the negative control group (P < 0.01 ) ; inflammatory reaction of nasal mucosa in the SPP treatment group were remarkably relieved; the number of nasal mucosa mastocyte and mast cell degranulation in the SPP treatment group were lower than that of the negative control group (P <0.01 ). The levels of serum histamine and total IgE in the SPP treatment group were lower than that of the negative control group (P <0.01 ). It had no significant difference in the positive control group and the SPP treatment group and the blank control group (P > 0.05 ).

CONCLUSION:

Spirulina platensis can prevent and treat AR in rats, which implies the possibility of using spirulina platensis for AR patients in the future.

PMID:
15871200
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