Jeju ground water containing vanadium induces normal T cell development and immune activation in chronically stressed mice.

Author(s) Cho, J.; Bing, S.Jin; Kim, A.; Herath, K.Hewage Ire; Ahn, G.; Jee, Y.
Journal Mol Biol Rep
Date Published 2019 Jul 13
Abstract

Containing high concentration of vanadium served by the volcanic bedrock, Jeju ground water has long been known for various implicit health benefits including immune-promotion. Exposure to stress has been reported to be associated with immunosuppression such as reducing lymphocyte population or antibody production due to stress hormones. In this study, we aimed at evaluating the effects of Jeju ground water on chronically stressed mice. C57BL/6 mice were subjected to various stressors such as restraint stress, water swimming stress, heat stress, acoustic stress, and Jeju ground water was supplied for 28 days with two different concentrations, S1 (vanadium 15-20 μg/l, pH 8.3) and S2 (vanadium 20-25 μg/l, pH 8.5). Treatment with Jeju ground water increased CD4CD8 or CD4CD8 single-positive thymocytes. It also increased the proliferation of splenocytes and the populations of CD4 T cells, CD45R/B220 B cells, CD11b macrophages or Gr-1 granulocytes in spleen. In addition, the production of IgG was increased in chronically stressed mice by treatment with Jeju ground water. These results suggest vanadium-rich Jeju ground water may be helpful in T cell development in thymus and immune cell proliferation and its function in spleen against chronic stress.

DOI 10.1007/s11033-019-04899-0
ISSN 1573-4978
Citation Cho J, Bing SJ, Kim A, Herath KH, Ahn G, Jee Y. Jeju ground water containing vanadium induces normal T cell development and immune activation in chronically stressed mice. Mol Biol Rep. 2019.