Oral administration of Lactobacillus strains from Kimchi inhibits atopic dermatitis in NC / Nga mice


Kwang W. Hwang, Immune Modulation Lab., College of Pharmacy, Chung-Ang University, 221 Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul 156-756, South Korea. E-mail: khwang@cau.ac.kr


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.