Mediators of Inflammation

Mediators of Inflammation / 2005 / Article

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Volume 2005 |Article ID 892572 | https://doi.org/10.1155/MI.2005.63

Cristina Lull, Harry J. Wichers, Huub F. J. Savelkoul, "Antiinflammatory and Immunomodulating Properties of Fungal Metabolites", Mediators of Inflammation, vol. 2005, Article ID 892572, 18 pages, 2005. https://doi.org/10.1155/MI.2005.63

Antiinflammatory and Immunomodulating Properties of Fungal Metabolites

Received22 Dec 2004
Accepted25 Jan 2005

Abstract

We discuss current information on the ability of extracts and isolated metabolites from mushrooms to modulate immune responses. This can result in a more enhanced innate and acquired disease resistance. The major immunomodulating effects of these active substances derived from mushrooms include mitogenicity and activation of immune effector cells, such as lymphocytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells, resulting in the production of cytokines, including interleukins (ILs), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF)-α, and interferon gamma (INF)-γ. In particular, the ability of selective mushroom extracts to modulate the differentiation capacity of CD4+ T cells to mature into TH1 and/or TH2 subsets will be discussed. As a consequence these extracts will have profound effects in particular diseases, like chronic autoimmune TH1-mediated or allergic TH2-mediated diseases. Immunosuppressive effects by mushroom components have also been observed. The therapeutic effects of mushrooms, such as anticancer activity, suppression of autoimmune diseases, and allergy have been associated with their immunomodulating effects. However, further studies are needed to determine the molecular mechanisms of the immunomodulating effects of mushrooms metabolites both individually and in complex mixtures, for example, extracts.

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