Differentiation and modulation of phagocyte activity in murine granuloma after treatment with thymulin 5cH
Keywords:BCG, granuloma, thymulin, homeopathy, B-1 cells
AbstractIn previous studies, it was found that thymulin (thymic hormone), when prepared in homeopathic 5CH dilution, can modulate diseases progress and immune processes, such as virus infection in poultry and experimental tumor development. This project aims to study the immune modulatory mechanisms of thymulin 5CH in granulomatous experimental model induced by BCG in mice, with special focus on the phagocytes differentiation from peritoneal B1 stem cells and on the activity of these cells and lymphocyte cooperation at the injury site. Male adult Balb/c mice were inoculated with BCG into the footpad to induce granuloma and its cells were evaluated by histomorphometric methods (Ziehl-Neelsen staining of macrophages) and flow cytometry. The phenotypic characterization of phagocytes, T and B lymphocytes in the peritoneum and regional lymph node was done. Thus, CD11b (activated phagocytes and B1 cells), CD19 (B1 cells and B2), CD23 (B2 cells), CD5 (B1 cell subtypes and T cells), CD4, CD8 (effective T lymphocytes) and CD25 (regulatory lymphocytes) positive cells were quantified. After 21 days of infection, the differentiation of B1 peritoneal stem cells into phagocytes reached the peak, being higher in thymulin-treated mice (X2, p=0.0001). Simultaneously, the number of infected phagocytes in the lesion decreased (KW, p=0.001), indicating remission of the infection. The number of B1 derived phagocytes, CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes in the local lymph node increased in thymulin-treated mice (X2, p=0.0001), at the same time. No difference was seen regarding to CD25+ cells. The results show that thymulin 5CH treatment is able to improve the granuloma inflammatory process by modulating local and systemic phagocyte differentiation, as well as T cell migration into the local lymph node.
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