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Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2011 Mar;108(3):149-54. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-7843.2010.00632.x. Epub 2010 Oct 22.

Promoting effects of Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides on B16F10 cells to activate lymphocytes.

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Department of Pharmacology, Peking University Health Science Center, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Beijing, China.


The immune system in patients with cancer often fails to control tumour growth because of deficient immunogenicity of tumour cells. Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides (Gl-PS) are believed to have anti-tumour effects by boosting host immune function. Additionally, Gl-PS may have some direct effects on tumour cells in the activation of lymphocytes, thus enhancing the immunogenicity of tumour cells. We tested the effects of Gl-PS in lymphocyte activation by incubating Gl-PS with a tumour cell line deficient in antigen presentation. Our study showed that Gl-PS can promote B16F10 melanoma cells to induce lymphocyte proliferation, CD69 and FasL expression and IFN-γ production, indicating that Gl-PS can improve the nature of B16F10 cells to activate lymphocytes. Furthermore, H-2D(b) [a major histocompatibility (MHC) class I molecule], and B7-1 and B7-2 (two prominent co-stimulatory molecules expressed on B16F10 cells) were enhanced by Gl-PS, suggesting that these molecules may at least partially be involved in the process of Gl-PS on B16F10 cells to activate lymphocytes.

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