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Abstract Title:

Astaxanthin Protects Dendritic Cells from Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Immune Dysfunction.

Abstract Source:

Mar Drugs. 2021 Jun 17 ;19(6). Epub 2021 Jun 17. PMID: 34204220

Abstract Author(s):

Yinyan Yin, Nuo Xu, Yi Shi, Bangyue Zhou, Dongrui Sun, Bixia Ma, Zhengzhong Xu, Jin Yang, Chunmei Li

Article Affiliation:

Yinyan Yin


Astaxanthin, originating from seafood, is a naturally occurring red carotenoid pigment. Previous studies have focused on its antioxidant properties; however, whether astaxanthin possesses a desired anti-inflammatory characteristic to regulate the dendritic cells (DCs) for sepsis therapy remains unknown. Here, we explored the effects of astaxanthin on the immune functions of murine DCs. Our results showed that astaxanthin reduced the expressions of LPS-induced inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-10) and phenotypic markers (MHCII, CD40, CD80, and CD86) by DCs. Moreover, astaxanthin promoted the endocytosis levels in LPS-treated DCs, and hindered the LPS-induced migration of DCs via downregulating CCR7 expression, and then abrogated allogeneic T cell proliferation. Furthermore, we found that astaxanthin inhibited the immune dysfunction of DCs induced by LPS via the activation of the HO-1/Nrf2 axis. Finally, astaxanthin with oral administration remarkably enhanced the survival rate of LPS-challenged mice. These data showed a new approach of astaxanthin for potential sepsis treatment through avoiding the immune dysfunction of DCs.

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