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Feruloylated Oligosaccharides Alleviate Dextran Sulfate Sodium-Induced Colitis in Vivo

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posted on 16.08.2019, 16:35 by Xichun Xia, Leqing Zhu, Zhiwei Lei, Yueqi Song, Fen Tang, Zhao Yin, Jing Wang, Junqing Huang
The imbalance of T lymphocyte subsets substantially conduces to disturbed intestinal immune system and succeeding colonic tissue damage in inflammatory bowel diseases. It is considered that regulation of phytochemicals on cytokine production potentially provides a broad prospect for the exploitation of immunomodulatory agents. Here, we reported that oral administration of feruloylated oligosaccharides (FOs) effectively alleviated mice colitis disease induced by dextran sulfate sodium (DSS). FOs decreased the percentage of T helper (Th)­17 cells and downregulated the production of Th17-specific cytokines. In contrast, FOs increased the percentage of regulatory T (Treg) cells and elevated the production of Treg-specific cytokines in colons of DSS-challenged mice. These results indicated that FOs restored the immunologic equilibrium of Th17 and Treg subsets, hereby ameliorating the deterioration of colitis. Furthermore, FOs diminished the secretion of interleukin (IL)-23 and IL-6 but enhanced the transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) in dendritic cells in vitro and in vivo, which contributed to the restoration of Th17 and Treg cells immune balance. The mechanistic analysis showed that the regulation of FOs on IL-23 and IL-6 was associated with the nuclear factor-κ-gene binding signaling pathway and TGF-β1 with mitogen-activated protein kinase-activator protein 1 signaling pathway. Taken together, oral administration of FOs exerted potent immunomodulatory effects against mice colitis via restoring the immune balance of Th17 and Treg cells.