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Int J Immunopharmacol. 1984;6(4):373-9.

Acting mechanisms of Lentinan in human--II. Enhancement of non-specific cell-mediated cytotoxicity as an interferon inducer.


The immunopotentiator "Lentinan" augmented the cell-mediated cytotoxicity in humans. (a) The activation of killer T cells by the mixed lymphocyte culture was accelerated only when responder cells were mixed with both a suboptimum number of stimulator cells and Lentinan. (b) The interferon level in the peripheral blood circulation of cancer patients was elevated in 12 h following Lentinan administration, and natural killer activity of peripheral mononuclear cells was enhanced in 48 h. These data indicate that Lentinan favorably affects the host mechanisms of man.

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