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Fucoidan enhances the survival and sustains the number of splenic dendritic cells in mouse endotoxemia.
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PMID:  21660148     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide derived from brown algae that has been reported to perform multiple biological activities, including immunostimulation. In this study, we investigated whether fucoidan has beneficial effects on endotoxemia induced by LPS, a septic model in mice. The focus of this study was on survival rates and spleen function of the mice upon treatment. We found that fucoidan had prophylactic effects on the survival rate of mice with endotoxemia. Flow cytometric analysis using antibodies for subset-specific markers revealed that fucoidan profoundly reversed the depleted population of dendritic cells in mice with endotoxemia. According to Western blot analysis, the spleen cells of LPS/fucoidan-treated mice showed a higher expression of anti-apoptotic molecules compared to those of LPS-treated mice. Also, fucoidan-treated spleen cells were more responsive to mitogens. Taken together, these results demonstrate that fucoidan pre-treatment has beneficial effects on the survival rate and function of the spleen in mice with endotoxemia. This study may broaden the use of fucoidan in clinical fields, especially endotoxemia.
Eun-Ju Ko; Hong-Gu Joo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-04-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Korean journal of physiology & pharmacology : official journal of the Korean Physiological Society and the Korean Society of Pharmacology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1226-4512     ISO Abbreviation:  Korean J. Physiol. Pharmacol.     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-10     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9709505     Medline TA:  Korean J Physiol Pharmacol     Country:  Korea (South)    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  89-94     Citation Subset:  -    
Laboratory of Veterinary Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Jeju 690-756, Korea.
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