Kaempferol from Semen cuscutae attenuates the immune function of dendritic cells

Ming Kuem Lin, Yen Ling Yu, Kai Chieh Chen, Wen Te Chang, Meng Shiou Lee, Meng Ja Yang, Hsin Chung Cheng, Chien Heng Liu, Dz Chi Chen, Ching Liang Chu

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Abstract

Dendritic cells (DCs) are the critical leukocytes in regulating immune responses. Accordingly, DCs are the major target in the development of immunomodulators. In this study, we examined the effect of Semen cuscutae (SC), an important traditional Chinese medicine, on mouse bone marrow-derived DCs. We found that the n-butanol and methanol extracts of SC significantly suppressed LPS-stimulated DC activation. Several flavonoids were verified in the extracts using HPLC, and then kaempferol was identified as the major flavonoid in the methanol fraction of SC. Kaempferol was able to reduce cytokines and chemokines produced by LPS-stimulated DCs, and this reduction was not due to its cytotoxicity on DCs. In addition, DC maturation was impaired by kaempferol. Furthermore, kaempferol abrogated the ability of LPS-stimulated DCs to promote Ag-specific T cell activation, both in vitro and in vivo. Thus, we show for the first time that SC exhibits an immunosuppressive effect on DCs and that the active ingredient kaempferol attenuates DC function, which suggests that kaempferol has potential in the treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1103-1109
Number of pages7
JournalImmunobiology
Volume216
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

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Cuscuta
Semen
Dendritic Cells
Flavonoids
Methanol
kaempferol
1-Butanol
Chinese Traditional Medicine
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Chemokines
Autoimmune Diseases
Leukocytes

Keywords

  • Antigen presentation
  • Dendritic cell
  • Flavonoid
  • Immunomodulation
  • Th1 response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Hematology

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Lin, M. K., Yu, Y. L., Chen, K. C., Chang, W. T., Lee, M. S., Yang, M. J., ... Chu, C. L. (2011). Kaempferol from Semen cuscutae attenuates the immune function of dendritic cells. Immunobiology, 216(10), 1103-1109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.imbio.2011.05.002

Kaempferol from Semen cuscutae attenuates the immune function of dendritic cells. / Lin, Ming Kuem; Yu, Yen Ling; Chen, Kai Chieh; Chang, Wen Te; Lee, Meng Shiou; Yang, Meng Ja; Cheng, Hsin Chung; Liu, Chien Heng; Chen, Dz Chi; Chu, Ching Liang.

In: Immunobiology, Vol. 216, No. 10, 10.2011, p. 1103-1109.

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Lin, MK, Yu, YL, Chen, KC, Chang, WT, Lee, MS, Yang, MJ, Cheng, HC, Liu, CH, Chen, DC & Chu, CL 2011, 'Kaempferol from Semen cuscutae attenuates the immune function of dendritic cells', Immunobiology, vol. 216, no. 10, pp. 1103-1109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.imbio.2011.05.002
Lin, Ming Kuem ; Yu, Yen Ling ; Chen, Kai Chieh ; Chang, Wen Te ; Lee, Meng Shiou ; Yang, Meng Ja ; Cheng, Hsin Chung ; Liu, Chien Heng ; Chen, Dz Chi ; Chu, Ching Liang. / Kaempferol from Semen cuscutae attenuates the immune function of dendritic cells. In: Immunobiology. 2011 ; Vol. 216, No. 10. pp. 1103-1109.
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