Evaluation of The Number of CD4+ CD25+ FoxP3+ Treg Cells in Normal Mice Exposed to AFB1 and Treated with Aged Garlic Extract

Document Type : Research Article


1 Department of Mycology, Faculty of Veterinary, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Immunology, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Microbiology, North Branch of Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

4 4Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicinal Plants Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) suppresses the immune system. To decrease such suppressive effects on the immune system, a wide range of herbal medicines like garlic are utilized. Biological activities of garlic in vitro and in vivo have also been verified. Our previous studies demonstrated that aged garlic (dry garlic bulbs preserved in the freezer for six months at -20˚C) have increased immunostimulator fractions and reduced immunosuppressor fractions. This study focuses on the immunosuppressor activity of AFB1 and immunostimulator activity of aged garlic extract (AGE) through the evaluation of CD4+ CD25+ FoxP+ regulator cell (Treg) counts and the pattern of cytokine production in Balb/c normal mice. Materials and Methods: In this experimental research, AFB1 was separated from Aspergillus flavus (PTCC 5004) by HPLC and AGE prepared using the Mantis method. The Delayed-Type Hypersensitivity (DTH) test was carried out to determinate the effectiveness of different doses of AGE and AFB1, which can both have an effect on the immune system. Subsequent experiments were carried out on 20 Balb/c mice to estimate the effects of AGE and AFB1 on the number of Treg cell in 4 groups: 10 µl/kg/day of AFB1 and AGE diluents were administered for 4 consecutive days to group 1. AFB1, 2. control, 3. AGE + AFB1 and 4. AGE via intraperitoneal (IP) route, respectively. Mice were sacrificed and splenocytes harvested and the percentage of splenic Treg cells was measured by flow cytometry analysis. The ELISA method was utilized to measure Cytokine production. Results: The findings reveal that AGE increased the level of IFN-λ and IL-4 cytokines produced by splenocytes stimulated by specific tumor antigen and decreased the number of Treg cells in the spleen (p < 0.05). AFB1 increased the number Treg cells in the spleen and decreased cytokine production (p < 0.05). In groups 2 (control) and 4 (AGE) the number of Treg cells decreased (p value