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Clin Invest Med. 2011 Aug 1;34(4):E254.

The effect of Lactobacillus johnsonii Ncc533 (La1) on the balance of Th1/Th2 cells in BALB/c mice.

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Department of Pediatrics, Qilu Hospital, Shandong University, China. yangjunlin2003@126.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine the effect of Lactobacillus johnsonii Ncc533 (La1) on Th1/Th2 balance, the production of IL-4 and IFN-γ by splenocytes was evaluated following its administration to mice from newborn to adult. Changes in IL-4 and IFN-γ expression and serum levels of OVA-specific-IgE were then investigated in an asthma model.

METHODS:

Using flow cytometry (FCM) and ELISA, the percentage of IL-4 and IFN-γ expressing splenocytes and serum levels of OVA-specific-IgE were measured in different groups of mice.

RESULTS:

The percentages of IL-4 and IFN-γ expressing splenocytes in the offspring and in the adults of the La1-treated group were not significantly different when compared with the water-treated group. In the asthma model, the percentages of IL-4 expressing cells and the serum levels of OVA-specific-IgE in the La1-treated and water-treated group were significantly increased compared with those in the control group. The percentage of IFN-γ expressing cells was significantly lower in the La1-treated and water-treated groups. The percentage of IL-4 expressing cells and the serum levels of OVA-specific-IgE in the La1-treated group were significantly lower compared with those in the water-treated group, whereas the percentage of IFN-γ expressing cells was significantly higher.

CONCLUSION:

Administration of La1 had no effect on the immune system from the neonate to the adult in the normal mice. It did, however, significantly alter the percentages of IL-4 or IFN-γ expressing CD4+ T lymphocytes in the asthma model, suggesting that administration of La1 might regulate the immune response.

PMID:
21810385
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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