Effects of a phytopreparation from Helleborus niger on immunocompetent cells in vitro
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Extracts of Helleborus species are used as phytopreparations with immunostimulatory properties in Romanian traditional medicine. In Germany, Helleborus niger is used in homeopathy and as an adjuvant therapy in the treatment of tumor patients in anthroposophical medicine. In vitro application of an aqueous extract from Helleborus niger resulted in a slight induction of sister chromatid exchanges (SCE) in cultured peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy individuals, an effect associated with a slight increase of the [3H]thymidine uptake in the DNA of isolated lymphocytes. Since the cytokines interleukin (IL)-2 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha were reported to increase the number of SCE, we measured the concentrations of these cytokines in the supernatants of cultured PBMC treated with the plant extract. Here, no significant changes were observed as compared with the controls, but a trend to higher supernatant concentrations of TNF-alpha in six out of ten individuals was noted. Compared with lymphocytes treated with the alkylating substance, cyclophosphamide, the increase of the SCE levels induced by the plant extract is weak. The relevance of this DNA destabilizing property remains to be clarified.

Author(s): 
Büssing, A.
Schweizer, K.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Ethnopharmacol
Publication Date: 
Jan 1998
Publication Year: 
1998
Pages: 
139-146
Volume: 
59
Issue: 
3
ISSN: 
0378-8741
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 9507897

Turabian/Chicago Citation

A. Büssing and K. Schweizer. Jan 1998. "Effects of a phytopreparation from Helleborus niger on immunocompetent cells in vitro." Journal of Ethnopharmacology 59: 3: 139-146.

Wikipedia Citation

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