Activation of dendritic cells by low molecular weight oyster polysaccharides

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Dendritic cells play a primary role in antigen presentation to CD4+ T cells, which initiate acquired immune responses. Therefore, determining positive modulators of dendritic cell activation to improve therapeutic approaches for cancer treatment might be useful. We here investigated the effects of low molecular weight oyster polysaccharides (LMW-OPS) on bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) obtained from mice. LMW-OPS increased the surface expression of major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC-II), CD40 and CD86 in BMDCs and induced the secretion of tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-12, which were significantly decreased in the BMDCs derived from MyD88−/− mice but not from the lipopolysaccharide-resistant C3H/HeJ mice. BMDCs treated with LMW-OPS augmented allogeneic CD4+ T cell expansion and enhanced secretion of IL-2 and interferon (IFN)-γ but not IL-4. LMW-OPS induced significant increases in ERK and p38 MAPK phosphorylation, but not c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) phosphorylation, in BMDCs. Our results indicate that, in part, LMW-OPS can induce maturation of BMDCs in a MyD88-dependent and Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4-independent manner. LMW-OPS may enhance acquired immunity by modulating the function of dendritic cells.

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