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Sulphated polysaccharide from the sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa affect maturation of human dendritic cells and their activation of allogeneic CD4 (+) T cells in vitro

Authors: Kale, V., Freysdottir, J., Paulsen, BS, Friðjónsson, OH, Hreggviðsson, GO, Omarsdottir, S.

Version: Bioactive Carbohydrates and Dietary Fiber

Publication year: 2013


Sea cucumbers are used as healthy food, traditional medicine and dietary supplement. Sulphated polysaccharides (sPS) from their body wall possess variety of biological activities; however the immunomodulatory effects of sea cucumber polysaccharides remain unknown. Three sPS fractions were isolated from orange-footed sea cucumber (Cucumaria frondosa) and their effects on DC maturation investigated. DCs, matured in the presence of high molecular weight FCF-1 (100 and 1000 /g / ml) with a monosaccharide composition of NANA, GlcNAc, Man, Gal, Fuc and GalNAc (40: 13: 12: 12: 9: 8: 3), secreted reduced levels of IL-10, IL-12p40 and IL-6 (only at 1000 /g / ml). Furthermore, allogeneic CD4+ T cells co-cultured with DCs matured with FCF-1 (100 /g / ml) secreted reduced levels of IFN-γ and increased levels of IL-17 than allogeneic CD4+ T cells co-cultured with DCs matured without FCF-1. These data suggest that FCF-1 can affect DC maturation leading to increased Th17 and reduced Th1 activity; thus, increasing the Th17-mediated defense against yeast and extracellular bacteria.

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