Department of Biochemistry, First Medical College of PLA, Guang Zhou, P.R.C.
Using a luminol-dependent, chemiluminescence assay we found tert-butylhydroperoxide to be a strong inhibitor of the respiratory burst of mouse peritoneal macrophages. However, the inhibition of respiratory burst induced by tert-butylhydroperoxide could be prevented after the interperitoneal injection of polysaccharide from Coriolus versicolor (PSK). Further investigation showed that glutathione peroxidase activity was markedly elevated in PSK-treated macrophages. After incubation with tert-butylhydroperoxide, higher activity of glutathione peroxidase was maintained in PSK-treated macrophages. These results suggest that the immunological function of macrophages is related to the activity of glutathione peroxidase. The non-specific immunopolysaccharide might protect macrophages from the damage induced by reactive oxygen species by enhancing antioxidative capacity.
PMID: 8505152 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]