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Protein & Peptide Letters


ISSN (Print): 0929-8665
ISSN (Online): 1875-5305

Research Article

Proliferative Effect of Tilapia Fish (Oreochromis niloticus) Lectin on BALB/c Mice Splenocytes

Author(s): Cynarha Daysy Cardoso da Silva, Cristiane Moutinho Lagos de Melo*, Elba Verônica Matoso Maciel Carvalho, Mércia Andréa Lino da Silva, Rosiely Félix Bezerra, Athiê Jorge Guerra dos Santos, Valéria Rêgo Alves Pereira and Luana Cassandra Breitenbach Barroso Coelho

Volume 26 , Issue 12 , 2019

Page: [887 - 892] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/0929866526666190911144057

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Background: Lectins have been studied in recent years due to their immunomodulatory activities.

Objective: We purified a lectin named OniL from tilapia fish (Oreochromis niloticus) and here we analyzed the cell proliferation and cytokine production in Balb/c mice splenocytes.

Methods: Cells were stimulated in vitro in 24, 48, 72 hours and 6 days with different concentrations of OniL and Con A. Evaluation of cell proliferation was performed through [3H]-thymidine incorporation, cytokines were investigated using ELISA assay and cell viability assay was performed by investigation of damage through signals of apoptosis and necrosis.

Results: OniL did not promote significant cell death, induced high mitogenic activity in relation to control and Con A and stimulated the cells to release high IL-2 and IL-6 cytokines.

Conclusion: These findings suggest that, like Con A, OniL lectin can be used as a mitogenic agent in immunostimulatory assays.

Keywords: Oreochromis niloticus, lectin, tilapia fish, cytokines, splenocytes, immunostimulation.

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