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Effect of Withania somnifera on CTL activity.
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PMID:  12071516     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The stimulatory effect of Withania somnifera on cytotoxic T lymphocytes was determined in Balb/C mice by the Winn's Neutralization assay using CTL sensitive EL4 thymoma cells as target cells. Withania somnifera showed a significant increase in CTL production both in vivo as well as in vitro. The survival time of E14 cells alone in treated animals was only 21 days and in the Withania extract treated group was 45 days with a percentage increase in life span (% ILS) of 114.28%. The survival rate of animals administered with EL4 cells (target) which were incubated with alloimmunized spleen cells (effector) from normal Balb/c mice was 33 days (% ILS 57.14%) and when this group was treated with Withania extract (20 mg/dose/animal i.p. for 10 days) their life span was increased to 53 days (% ILS 152.38%). The survival days of animals after the administration of EL4 cells incubated with alloimmunized spleen cells (effector) from Withania treated animals was 48 days (% ILS 118.18%) and when these animals continued with the Withania treatment their life span increased to 61 days (%ILS 177.27%). There was a significant increase in life span when animals were treated with EL4 cells incubated with effector cells generated by mixed lymphocyte culture of Balb/c mice and C57BL/6 mice in the presence (172.73%) and absence of Withania extract (59.09%). These studies indicate that Withania somnifera could stimulate the generation of cytotoxic T lymphocyte and it may reduce tumour growth.
L Davis; G Kuttan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  In Vitro; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental & clinical cancer research : CR     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0392-9078     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Exp. Clin. Cancer Res.     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-19     Completed Date:  2002-11-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8308647     Medline TA:  J Exp Clin Cancer Res     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  115-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Amala Cancer Research Centre, Amala Nagar, Thrissur, India.
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MeSH Terms
Mice, Inbred BALB C
Mice, Inbred C57BL
Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
Plant Roots / chemistry
Plants, Medicinal / chemistry*
Spleen / drug effects*
T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic / immunology*
Thymoma / therapy*
Withania / chemistry*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plant Extracts

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