Oral administration of Lactobacillus strains from Kimchi inhibits atopic dermatitis in NC / Nga mice
Article first published online: 16 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2011 The Society for Applied Microbiology
Journal of Applied Microbiology
Volume 110, Issue 5, pages 1195–1202, May 2011
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Won, T.J., Kim, B., Lim, Y.T., Song, D.S., Park, S.-Y., Park, E.S., Lee, D.I. and Hwang, K.W. (2011), Oral administration of Lactobacillus strains from Kimchi inhibits atopic dermatitis in NC / Nga mice. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 110: 1195–1202. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2011.04981.x
- Issue published online: 7 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 16 MAR 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 22 FEB 2011 01:54AM EST
- 2011/0083: received 16 January 2011, revised 30 January 2011 and accepted 7 February 2011
- atopic dermatitis;
- house-dust mite;
- Lactobacillus plantarum;
- NC/Nga mouse
Aims: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is marked by elevated levels of immunoglobulin E and skin lesions such as oedema and haemorrhage. Kimchi is a Korean fermented food that contains beneficial bacteria for human health. In this study, Lactobacillus plantarum CJLP55, CJLP56, CJLP133 and CJLP136 isolated from Kimchi were investigated for their capacity to inhibit AD.
Methods and Results: The three strains, CJLP55, CJLP133 and CJLP136, suppressed AD-like skin lesions, high serum IgE levels and epidermal thickening. The three strains diminished the accumulation of eosinophils and mast cells into topical inflammatory sites and the enlargement of axillary lymph nodes, which are responsible for the dorsal dermatitis. CJLP55, CJLP133 and CJLP136 decreased production of type 2 cytokines such as IL-4 and IL-5 in lymph node cell culture. CJLP133 and CJLP136 increased IFN-γ secretion, while CJLP55 enhanced IL-10 production.
Conclusions: The three strains isolated from Kimchi suppress house-dust mite-induced dermatitis in NC/Nga mouse, a representative animal model of human AD.
Significance and Impact of the Study: These findings suggest that lactobacilli isolated from Kimchi inhibit AD, probably by altering the balance of Th1/Th2 ratio or inducing IL-10 production.