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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 972814, 12 pages
Research Article

Identification of Immunomodulatory Signatures Induced by American Ginseng in Murine Immune Cells

1Department of Primary/Public Health, Nursing College, Molecular Resource Center, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN 38163, USA
2Department of Orthopedics Surgery & Biomedical Engineering-Campbell Clinic, College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN 38163, USA
3Mudanjiang Medical University, Heilongjiang 157011, China

Received 30 July 2013; Revised 23 September 2013; Accepted 1 October 2013

Academic Editor: Raffaele Capasso

Copyright © 2013 Jian Yan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius, AG) has been used for more than 300 years. Some of its claimed benefits can be attributed to the immunomodulatory activities, whose molecular mechanisms are largely unknown. Methods. Murine splenic cells from adult male C57BL/6 (B6) mice were isolated and divided into 4 groups to mimic 4 basic pathophysiological states: (1) normal naïve; (2) normal activated; (3) deficient naïve; (4) deficient activated. Then, different AG extracts were added to all groups for 24 h incubation. MTT proliferation assays were performed to evaluate the phenotypic features of cells. Finally, microarray assays were carried out to identify differentially expressed genes associated with AG exposure. Real-time PCR was performed to validate the expression of selected genes. Results. Microarray data showed that most of gene expression changes were identified in the deficient naïve group, suggesting that the pathophysiological state has major impacts on transcriptomic changes associated with AG exposure. Specifically, this study revealed downregulation of interferon-γ signaling pathway in the deficient group of cells. Conclusion. Our study demonstrated that only specific groups of immune cells responded to AG intervention and immunocompromised cells were more likely regulated by AG treatment.