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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 6 (1997), Issue 4, Pages 267-269

Augmentation of protective immune responses against viral infection by oral administration of schizophyllan

Research Laboratory, Taito Corporation Ltd, 1–26 Higashi-shiriike-shinmachi, Nagata-ku, Kobe-shi Hyogo 653, Japan

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An oral administration of fungal polysaccharide schizophyllan has augmented protective immune responses to Sendai virus infection in mice and the rodshaped DNA virus of Penaeus japonicus (RV-PJ) infection in Kuruma shrimps. When schizophyllan was administered orally at a dose of 50 or 100 mg/kg body weight per day, the survival rates after virus challenge were significantly higher than those of the control groups. High phagocytic activities were observed in the haemocytes of the schizophyllan-fed shrimps.These results suggest that schizophyllan confers effective protection against viral infection by increasing antiviral immune responses, and that it could be used to boost immunity to virus infection in animals or in invertebrates.