Immunosuppressive Agents

Publication Title: 
British Journal of Pharmacology

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Artemisinin and its derivatives exhibit potent immunosuppressive activity. The purpose of the current study was to examine the immunosuppressive activity of artemether directly on T lymphocytes and to explore its potential mode of action. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: In vitro, T-cell proliferation was measured using [(3)H]-thymidine incorporation assay in cells stimulated with ConA, alloantigen and anti-CD3 antibody. CFSE-labeled cell division and cell cycle distribution were monitored by flow cytometry.

Author(s): 
Wang, J.-X.
Tang, W.
Shi, L.-P.
Wan, J.
Zhou, R.
Ni, J.
Fu, Y.-F.
Yang, Y.-F.
Li, Y.
Zuo, J.-P.
Publication Title: 
Molecular Medicine (Cambridge, Mass.)

Cerebral malaria (CM) is associated with excessive inflammatory responses and endothelial activation. Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) is a signaling sphingolipid implicated in regulating vascular integrity, inflammation and T-cell migration. We hypothesized that altered S1P signaling during malaria contributes to endothelial activation and inflammation, and show that plasma S1P levels were decreased in Ugandan children with CM compared with children with uncomplicated malaria.

Author(s): 
Finney, Constance Am
Hawkes, Cheryl A.
Kain, Dylan C.
Dhabangi, Aggrey
Musoke, Charles
Cserti-Gazdewich, Christine
Oravecz, Tamas
Liles, W. Conrad
Kain, Kevin C.
Publication Title: 
Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi Zhongguo Zhongxiyi Jiehe Zazhi = Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine / Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Hui, Zhongguo Zhong Yi Yan Jiu Yuan Zhu Ban

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of dihydro-qinghaosu (DQHS) on auto-antibody production, TNF alpha secretion and pathologic change of lupus nephritis in BXSB mice and the possible mechanism of DQHS in treating systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Anti ds-DNA antibody and TNF alpha in serum of the BXSB mice were detected by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Renal tissue was stained by HE and Masson.

Author(s): 
Dong, Yan-jun
Li, Wei-dong
Tu, You-you
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Nyctanthes arbor tristis Linn. (Harsingar) is widely used as a decoction in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for treatment of sciatica and arthritis, but it has not yet been screened scientifically. In the present study, the water soluble portion of the alcoholic extract of the leaves of Nyctanthes arbor tristis (NAT) was screened for the presence of anti-inflammatory activity. NAT inhibited the acute inflammatory oedema produced by different phlogistic agents, viz. carrageenin, formalin, histamine, 5-hydroxytryptamine and hyaluronidase in the hindpaw of rats.

Author(s): 
Saxena, R. S.
Gupta, B.
Saxena, K. K.
Singh, R. C.
Prasad, D. N.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

The immunomodulatory activities of an Indian Ayurvedic medicinal preparation, i.e. extracts from Ashwagandha, Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal (Solanaceae), namely WST and WS2, were studied in mice for immune inflammation: active paw anaphylaxis and delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH). Immunomodulatory effect was assessed in If IgE-mediated anaphylaxis as reduction of ovalbumin-induced paw edema, in animals treated with WS2 at doses of 150 and 300 mg/kg, and the results were compared with the standard drug disodium chromoglycate.

Author(s): 
Agarwal, R.
Diwanay, S.
Patki, P.
Patwardhan, B.
Publication Title: 
Pediatric Nephrology (Berlin, Germany)

Investigations on plants are revealing the potential therapeutic benefits of medicinal herbs in treating immunological disorders. Nephrotic syndrome has emerged as an immunological disorder. Steroid dependence poses a therapeutic challenge in the management of nephrotic syndrome. Our pilot study compares the efficacy of an ayurvedic polyherbal preparation 'Shathavaryadi Yoga (NS001)' with oral cyclophosphamide in maintaining remission in steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome.

Author(s): 
Iyengar, Arpana
Damle, Hrishikesh
Kulkarni, Chanda
Damle, Latha
Phadke, Kishore
Publication Title: 
Chemico-Biological Interactions

Many herbs and spices are known to modulate the immune system and have been shown to restore the immunity in immuno-compromised individuals. Spices generally used to increase the taste and flavor of food also has the history of usage as an ayurvedic medicine. Therefore to explore the health modulating effects of Cuminum cyminum and to identify the active compound, immunomodulatory properties were evaluated using flowcytometry and ELISA in normal and immune-suppressed animals. C. cyminum and compound 1 stimulated the T cells and Th1 cytokines expression in normal animals.

Author(s): 
Chauhan, Prashant Singh
Satti, Naresh Kumar
Suri, Krishan Avtar
Amina, Musarat
Bani, Sarang
Publication Title: 
Phytochemistry

Plants in the genus Tripterygium, such as Tripterygium wilfordii Hook.f., have a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine. In recent years there has been considerable interest in the use of Tripterygium extracts and of the main bioactive constituent, the diterpene triepoxide triptolide (1), to treat a variety of autoimmune and inflammation-related conditions.

Author(s): 
Brinker, Anita M.
Ma, Jun
Lipsky, Peter E.
Raskin, Ilya
Publication Title: 
Cancer Letters

Studies of immune-suppressed transplant recipients and patients with biopsy-proven skin cancer have confirmed that ultraviolet (UV) radiation-induced immune suppression is a risk factor for the development of skin cancer in humans. UV radiation suppresses the immune system in several ways. The UVB spectrum inhibits antigen presentation, induces the release of immunosuppressive cytokines, and elicits DNA damage that is a molecular trigger of UV-mediated immunosuppression.

Author(s): 
Katiyar, Santosh K.
Publication Title: 
Arthritis Research & Therapy

Complementary and alternative medicine products are increasingly being used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. However, the mechanisms of action of these agents are not fully defined. Using the rat adjuvant arthritis (AA) model of human rheumatoid arthritis, we determined whether the ethanol extract of Celastrus aculeatus Merr. (Celastrus), a Chinese herb, can down-modulate the severity of AA, and also examined the Celastrus-induced changes in immune responses to the disease-related antigen mycobacterial heat-shock protein 65 (Bhsp65).

Author(s): 
Tong, Li
Moudgil, Kamal D.

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