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Aflatoxin B1 Suppressed T-Cell Response to Anti-pig-CD3 Monoclonal Antibody Stimulation in Primary Porcine Splenocytes: A Role for the Extracellular Regulated Protein Kinase (ERK1/2) MAPK Signaling Pathway

Hao, Shu, Pan, Shengchi, Hu, Junfa, Qian, Gang, Gan, Fang, Huang, Kehe
Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 2015 v.63 no.26 pp. 6094-6101
T-lymphocytes, acetylcysteine, aflatoxin B1, cell proliferation, dose response, glutathione, immunotoxicity, interleukin-2, lymphocyte proliferation, malondialdehyde, mitogen-activated protein kinase, monoclonal antibodies, oxidative stress, signal transduction, splenocytes, superoxide dismutase, swine
The aim of the present study is to investigate whether aflatoxin B1 (AFB1)-induced immunotoxicity is associated with oxidative stress and the expression of extracellular regulated protein kinases (ERK) 1/2. The primary splenocytes isolated from healthy pigs were activated and proliferated by anti-pig-CD3 monoclonal antibodies (mAb) in the present experiment, which is an antigen-specific stimulant. Results indicated that cell proliferation and interleukin-2 (IL-2) production were significantly suppressed by AFB1 from 4 to 8 μg/mL in a dose-dependent manner compared to the control group. Furthermore, AFB1 significantly increased malondialdehyde (MDA) levels, decreased reduced glutathione (GSH) and total superoxide dismutase levels, and up-regulated p-ERK1/2 expression in the activated splenocytes. N-Acetyl-l-cysteine blocked anti-CD3-induced T-cell suppression by AFB1 through increasing intracellular concentrations of GSH levels, decreasing MDA levels, and down-regulated p-ERK1/2 expression, respectively. Inhibition of the ERK1/2 expression by ERK-specific iRNA attenuated the decrease of T-cell proliferation and IL-2 production induced by AFB1. It was concluded that AFB1 inhibits anti-CD3-induced lymphocyte proliferation and IL-2 production by the oxidative stress mediated ERK1/2 MAPK signaling pathway.