Patent application title: AGENTS FOR PROMOTING IGA PRODUCTION
Satoshi Hachimura (Tokyo, JP)
Hiroki Kanzato (Sagamihara-Shi, JP)
Shigeru Fujiwara (Sagamihara-Shi, JP)
Calpis Co., Ltd.
IPC8 Class: AA61K3902FI
Class name: Drug, bio-affecting and body treating compositions antigen, epitope, or other immunospecific immunoeffector (e.g., immunospecific vaccine, immunospecific stimulator of cell-mediated immunity, immunospecific tolerogen, immunospecific immunosuppressor, etc.) bacterium or component thereof or substance produced by said bacterium (e.g., legionella, borrelia, anaplasma, shigella, etc.)
Publication date: 2010-09-30
Patent application number: 20100247575
The present invention provides Lactobacillus bacteria which enhance the
functional of Peyer's patch and promote IgA production and which have a
characteristics of localizing on human intestine as well as an agent for
promoting IgA production. The present invention is directed to an agent
for promoting IgA production containing Lactobacillus amylovorus cells,
especially Lactobacillus amylovorus CP1750 (FERM BP-10532) as an active
1. An agent for promoting IgA production comprising Lactobacillus
amylovorus cells as an active ingredient.
2. The agent for promoting IgA production according to claim 1, comprising Lactobacillus amylovorus CP1750 cells, which is designated to Accession No. FERM BP-10532, as an active ingredient.
3. The agent for promoting IgA production according to claim 1 for addition into a food.
4. Lactobacillus amylovorus CP1750 specified by Accession No. FERM BP-10532.
5. The agent for promoting IgA production according to claim 2 for addition into a food.
6. The agent for promoting IgA production according to claim 1, wherein the agent contains 10.sup.10 cells or more per 20 mg (dry weight) of the agent.
7. The agent for promoting IgA production according to claim 2, wherein the agent contains 10.sup.10 cells or more per 20 mg (dry weight) of the agent.
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to an agent for promoting IgA production. Particularly, the present invention relates to an agent for promoting IgA, which functions effectively in intestine.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
IgA has been known as a molecule present in saliva, intestine, trachea and the like, which has an important role in enhancing barrier functions of mucosa such as blocking microorganisms and allergen which penetrate through mucosa such as intraoral or intestinal mucosa or the like. Additionally IgA protect an immunologically immature infantile body and it has been well known that IgA from mother's milk is used for immunological compensation as passive immunity.
On the other hand, regarding immunomodulatory functions of lactic acid bacteria, there have recently been several reports and information about mechanisms, and differences among species or strains have been increasingly elicited (Tetsuji Hirota: New Food Industry, Vol. 32, No 10, p 9 (1990)). However, in these reports, not all the immunomodulatory functions were covered and not all species of lactic acid bacteria have been discussed. Thus only insufficient information has been obtained without comprehension of the overview. Lactic acid bacteria which promote secretion of IgA have been partially discussed and particularly bacteria of genus Bifidobacterium is considered to have some role in infants, since the abundance ratio thereof in infantile feces is high. There is an attempt of co-culturing Bifidobacterium bacteria with Peyer's patch cells to select bacteria with high activity to induce IgA production. Specifically, presence of strains of Bifidobacterium longum and Bifidobacterium breve having strong promoting activity on IgA secretion were reported (JP 02-280059). However, Bifidobacterium bacteria have been known to be present scarcely in human adult intestine, and therefore it is expected that normally they hardly contact Peyer's patch cells. Indeed, such species or strains individually selected have not been confirmed about whether they sufficiently function in human intestine.
Having reviewed lactic acid bacteria in general, there are no reports suggesting relationship between Lactobacillus bacteria and IgA production, specifically there are no reports about attempts to compare IgA production-promoting activities among Lactobacillus species or strains which are abundant in intestine where Peyer's patch having important role in gut immunity exits and which have high localization in order to find species or strains having high activity. Regarding the intestinal localization of Lactobacillus bacteria in human, Lactobacillus amylovorus (L. amylovorus) was reported to be a lactic acid bacteria belonging to genus Lactobacillus which is dominant in human flora as well as Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus gasseri and Lactobacillus johnsonii (Bioscience Microflora, 22 (3), 75-83, 2003).
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention provides Lactobacillus bacteria which promote IgA production by enhancing the function of Peyer's patch or the like and an agent for promoting IgA production comprising the Lactobacillus bacterial cells as an active ingredient.
The present inventors demonstrated that there were differences observed in the activity of promoting IgA production among Lactobacillus bacteria species by determining activity of promoting IgA production in Peyer's patch for various Lactobacillus strains by using various strains which exist or do not exist in human intestinal tract (those of human feces origin or other origin). Particularly among human intestinal tract-fixed Lactobacillus bacteria species Lactobacillus amylovorus was found to have enhanced activity of inducing IgA production.
Thus, the present invention is an agent for promoting IgA production comprising Lactobacillus amylovorus cells as an active ingredient, particularly an agent for promoting IgA production comprising Lactobacillus amylovorus CP1750 (FERM BP-10532) as an active ingredient.
According to the present invention an agent for promoting IgA production which may enhance immune barrier. Thus the present invention provides a immunomodulator, a food or feed (including beverage), particularly fermented milk, nutritional food, functional food, food for specified health use, health drink, tablet or the like, for enhancing immune barrier. The agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention may enhance mucosal barrier function to prevent invasion of food allergens and pathogenic microorganisms as well as environmental allergens such as pollens, mites, house dust and the like.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a comparison between promoting activities on IgA production for different Lactobacillus bacteria. Control was PBS without bacterial cells. Bars show standard errors.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
The present invention relates to an agent for promoting IgA production containing Lactobacillus bacterial cells which have been unknown about induction potency of IgA which is active for preventing antigenic materials including allergens from contacting mucosa. As used herein an "agent for promoting IgA production" means a composition which has an activity of promoting IgA production. The application of the agent for promoting IgA production of the present invention is not limited as long as the purpose thereof is promoting IgA production and the agent may be used as a medicament or an additive for food (including beverage). Particularly, the agent for promoting IgA production contains as an active ingredient Lactobacillus amylovorus cells which was confirmed to have high induction potency of IgA production among Lactobacillus cells which are highly localized in intestinal tract and are believed to have abundant opportunity of contacting immunocompetent tissues in intestine. The Lactobacillus amylovorus strains which can be used for the present invention include Lactobacillus amylovorus CP1750. Lactobacillus amylovorus CP1750 was deposited in International Patent Organism Depositary, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST Tsukuba Central6, 1-1, Higashi 1-chome Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken 305-8536 Japan) and designated to Accession No. FERM BP-10532.
IgA is generally highly produced by mucosal tissues such as Peyer's patch, an IgA is an antibody frequently found in secretory fluids from trachea or intestine, in saliva and in initial mother's milk. Peyer's patch is a tissue which exists in intestinal mucosa of mammals including human and which contains a large amount of IgA-producing cells. The inventors cultured Peyer's patch in the presence of various Lactobacillus bacteria which are observed in human intestinal flora or various Lactobacillus bacteria which do not or scarcely exist in human intestinal flora, and tested IgA production of the Peyer's patch to demonstrate that there were differences observed in the activity of promoting IgA production, and found that L. amylovorus had a particularly high activity of promoting IgA production among Lactobacillus species which are dominant in human intestinal flora. It is possible to verify that these L. amylovorus strains can be used for the present invention by co-culturing Peyer's patch cells in the presence of various L. amylovorus strains.
The activity of promoting IgA production on Peyer's patch cells may be determined as follows. Bacteria, for example Lactobacillus bacteria may be cultured in a conventional media and condition, for example, in MRS medium (Difco) at about 37° C.-45° C. for 12-19 hours, recovered by centrifugation and then the obtained cells may be washed with distilled water or an appropriate buffer such as PBS, sterilized by heating at 100° C. (for, for example 10 minutes) to store them for later determination. Peyer's patch cells may be prepared from mouse intestine. Mouse intestine may be placed in a suitable medium for Peyer's patch such as RPMI medium and agitated at about 37° C. for about one hour until the cells are dissociated. The resulting cell suspension may be passed through a mesh to remove undesired debris, and then the resulting cells may be washed with an appropriate medium such as RPMI to obtain a preparation of Peyer's patch cells. The obtained Peyer's patch cells are plated in 96-well plates containing an appropriate medium, for example RPMI medium supplemented with 5% FCS at about 5×105 cells/well, and the aforementioned bacterial cells are added at about 10 μg/ml, and then the plates may be cultured at 37° C. for about 7 days under 5% CO2 atmosphere to obtain supernatant.
IgA amount in the obtained supernatant may be determined by conventional techniques such as ELISA. For example, suitably diluted anti-mouse IgA antibody may be added as a primary antibody to ELISA plate at about 50 μl and the plate may be left standing overnight at 4° C. for coating. The wells are washed with PBS-Tween solution before adding 100 μl of 1% BSA/PBS-Tween solution to each well, and the plates are left standing for 2 hours at a room temperature for blocking. The wells were washed, and 50 μl of a IgA standard or appropriately diluted sample was added to the wells and the plates are left standing for 2 hours at a room temperature. After washing the wells, 50 μl of a secondary antibody, such as biotinylated anti-mouse IgA, diluted with 1% BSA-PBS-Tween solution is added to the wells, and the plates are left standing for 2 hours at a room temperature. After washing the wells with PBS-Tween, 50 μl of alkaline phosphatase solution diluted with 1% BSA-PBS-Tween solution is added to the wells and the plates are left standing for one hour at a room temperature. After washing the wells with PBS-Tween, 50 μl of disodium 4-nitrophenylphosphate dissolved in diethanolamine-HCl buffer to 1 mg/ml was added to the wells to develop to determine the amount of the produced IgA in each well by measuring absorbance at 405 nm.
CP1750 strain (FERM BP-10532), which was determined by such methods and which is superior in the activity of promoting IgA production in Peyer's patch, had specifically high affinity to human intestinal tract and was therefore expected to exhibit very high activity of promoting IgA production in human intestine and was particularly preferable as the active ingredient of the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention.
Without wishing to be bound by any theory, the inventors consider that lactic acid bacteria localized in human intestine, particularly Lactobacillus species or strains, are superior in total activities including adjuvant activity by promoting IgA production from antibody producing cells in Peyer's patch and further acting nonspecifically on IgA producing cells to enhance IgA production to processing antigens more effectively.
L. amylovorus strains which are confirmed to have the activity of promoting IgA production from Peyer's patch, for example CP1750 (FERM BP-10532), may be used as the active ingredient of the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention in any form including live cells, killed cells, homogenized cells, cell lysate and powdered cells as long as they do not loss the activity of promoting IgA production. Thus, unless otherwise indicated, "L. amylovorus cells" include live cells, killed cells, homogenized cells, cell lysate and powdered cells and any other forms. Particularly cultured live cells and lyophilized cells of L. amylovorus cells will be valuable from the viewpoints of convenience. If necessary, the activity of promoting IgA production from Peyer's patch of any of these forms can be verified by the aforementioned methods.
Where the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention is used as a medicament, in addition to L. amylovorus cells the agent may contains other medicaments and pharmaceutically acceptable conventional excipients and additives. The formulation may be in a form of tablet, powder, pill, granule, capsule, sugar coated tablet or syrup, which may be produced according to conventional methods. The agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention may be added to various food (including beverage) or feed, particularly fermented milk, nutritional food, functional food, food for specified health use, health drink or tablet. For any of these forms the target intake of the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention is 20 mg (dry weight) or more per day as cell weight (dry weight) (about 1010 cells: the number of cells may be counted by Coulter counter or the like). Alternately, it is preferable to ingest about 100 g per day for fermented milk or fermented broth. Since the active ingredient of the present invention, L. amylovorus, is a lactic bacteria present in human small intestine, ingesting a large amount of the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention would not cause problematic side effects. The agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention is therefore suitable for food for human. Namely, the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention is suitable for use as food or for adding to food as it is.
Although L. amylovorus used in the present invention may be cultured in a medium and culture condition which are well-known by those skilled in the art, for the purpose of producing a preparation for ingestion by human such as a medicament, food or beverage for human, it is preferable to use a medium which is not harmful for human, for example a medium made of only ingredients of food grade.
L. amylovorus used in the present invention can be cultured according to culturing conditions and in a medium, which are well known to those skilled in the art. Meanwhile, in order to prepare a preparation to be ingested by human, such as a medicine, food and drink for human, a medium that is not deleterious when ingested by human is preferably used. An example of such a medium is one prepared only from food-grade components. For example, using a semi-synthetic medium (regardless of its type) prepared only from food-grade components, L. amylovorus is cultured in a range from 37 to 45° C. for 12 to 18 hours, and centrifuged to recover bacterial cells. Subsequently, the recovered cells are washed with sterilized water by centrifugation (repeatedly washed if necessary) to obtain cells of L. amylovorus used as the active ingredient of the agent for promoting IgA production of the present invention can be obtained. The cells thus obtained are frozen directly or frozen with addition of an excipient such as dextrin as appropriate, lyophilizing the cells to obtain a raw material for food containing the living cells. On the other hand, the bacterial cells which are washed with sterilized water and then sterilized by heating are frozen directly or frozen with addition of an excipient such as dextrin as appropriate. Then, by performing freeze-drying or spray-drying, a food raw-material containing the dead cells can be obtained. In the embodiment where the inventions is in the form of the cells themselves or in the form of the cells added into foods, various foods or medicines are preferably prepared such that 20 mg or more (dry weight) of the cells are ingested per day.
On the other hand, fermented milk, fermented broth, or mixed fermented broth can be obtained by adding a culture of L. amylovorus cultured in a starter medium into a vegetable juice, fruit juice, wort, rice water, milk or mixed juice thereof at a few percents, for example 3% to 6%, fermenting the mixture at 37° C. to 45° C., and cooling the mixture at a final acid degree of 0.85 or more. A sweetener and/or a flavor may be added to the obtained product as appropriate to adjust the sensory characteristics, and the resultant may be used directly as a chilled food product, or it may be further sterilized to prepare a product having a prolonged shelf life. For such a fermented product, it is preferable that the fermented product be orally ingested in an amount of about 100 g/day. Preferably, about 1010 cells of L. amylovorus are included in 100 g of such a fermented product.
When Peyer's patch cells are cultured with the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention, the amount of IgA produced in the culture solution significantly increase (see Example). Generally, the IgA production is frequently observed in mucosal tissue cells, the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention is considered to have a function to promote IgA production not only in Peyer's patch cells but also in other mucosal tissues. Accordingly, when the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention is orally ingested, IgA production will be systemically promoted in mucosal system as well as in mucosae of the intestinal tracts; moreover, the protective function of the mucosal system is systemically enhanced, and allergens intrusion through mucosae are blocked, generally enabling the suppression of onset of allergies including food allergies. For example, the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention promotes intraoral IgA production, thereby suppressing periodontal bacteria, and thus it can be used for improving and preventing periodontal diseases. Since the agent for promoting IgA production according to the present invention has almost no or no side effect, it is extremely safe. Additionally, since the agent for promoting IgA production including cells of CP1750 as the active ingredient has a particularly high affinity for the human intestinal tracts, the activity of promoting IgA production thereof is considered to be particularly high.
1) Preparation of Lactic Acid Bacterial Cells
The species and strains used are described below:
L. rhamnosus A (Lactobacillus rhamnosus Strain A)L. reuteri A (Lactobacillus reuteri Strain A)L. plantarum A (Lactobacillus plantarum Strain A)L. paracasei A (Lactobacillus paracasei Strain A)L. paracasei B (Lactobacillus paracasei Strain B)L. johnsonii A (Lactobacillus johnsonii Strain A)L. johnsonii B (Lactobacillus johnsonii Strain B)L. galinarum A (Lactobacillus galinarum Strain A)L. gasseri A (Lactobacillus gasseri Strain A)L. gasseri B (Lactobacillus gasseri B)L. fermentum A (Lactobacillus fermentum Strain A)L. crispatus A (Lactobacillus crispatus Strain A)L. buchneri A (Lactobacillus buchneri Strain A)L. amylovorus CP1750 (Lactobacillus amylovorus CP1750)L. acidophilus A (Lactobacillus acidophilus Strain A)
L. amylovorus CP1750 was a strain which was arbitrarily selected from our standard L. amylovorus stock. These Lactobacillus species and strains were respectively cultured in 100 ml of MRS medium (Difco Laboratories) at 37° C. for 18 hours, the cells were then washed and freeze-dried. After freeze-drying about 1011 dried cells (about 100 mg) were obtained for each strains. Aliquots of the freeze-dried cells were suspended in PBS and sterilized by heating at 100° C. for minutes, which were used for the following experiments.
2) Culturing of Peyer's Patch Cells in the Presence of Lactobacillus Bacterial Cells
Intestines were removed from BALB/c mice and Peyer's patches were excised. Collagenase was dissolved in 5% FCS-RPMI to 1 mg/ml into which the excised Peyer's patches were placed and then agitated at 37° C. for one hour. After the cells were dissociated, the cell suspension was passed through a mesh to remove debris and the cells were washed with RPMI to obtain Peyer's patch cells. The Peyer's patch cells were seeded in 96-well plates containing 5% FCS-RPMI to be 5×105 cells/well. The cell suspension prepared in 1) was added to be 10 μg/ml (dry weigh of cells), which was cultured in FCS-RPMI at 37° C. under 5% CO2, and after culturing for 7 days the culture supernatant was recovered.
3) Determination of IgA Production from Peyer's Patch Cells
The amount of IgA in the culture supernatant obtained in 3) was determined by ELISA. A primary antibody (goat anti-mouse IgA, Zymed Laboratories) was 1000-fold diluted with 0.1 M Na2HPO4 solution and 50 μl of the antibody solution was added to the ELISA plate and coating was conducted by standing the plate at 4° C. overnight. The wells were washed with PBS-Tween and then 100 μl of 1% BSA/PBS-Tween solution was added to each well and left at a room temperature for 2 hours to block the wells. The wells were washed and then IgA standard (IgA: Purified Mouse Myeloma IgA, Zymed Laboratories) or suitably diluted samples were added to the wells at 50 μl, and left standing at a room temperature for 2 hours. The wells were washed and then 50 μl of a secondary antibody (IgA; biotinylated anti-mouse IgA, clone; C10-1, BD Pharmingen) was added to the wells and left standing at a room temperature for 2 hours. The wells were washed with PBS-Tween and then 50 μl of 4-nitrophenyl disodium phosphate (Tokyo Kasei Kougyou) dissolved in diethanolamine-HCl buffer (pH8.9) to be 1 mg/ml was added to develop and absorbance at 405 nm was determined. The amount of produced IgA was shown in a graph using the data for IgA standard as a basis (FIG. 1).
Among the strains which exhibited a relatively high promoting activity on IgA production, L. reuteri A, L. bucvhneri A, L. amyulovorus CP1750, and L. acidophilus A (FIG. 1), L. reuteri A, L. buchnery and L. acidophilus A were the species or strains which are normally not observed in human intestine, while L. amylovorus including Strain CP1750 are shown to be lactic acid bacteria which localized on human intestine and are dominant in human intestinal flora.
4) Bacterial Characteristics of L. amylovorus CP1750
A marketed bacterial identification kit (Api50CH: Biomerieux, Product No. 50307) was used to determine characteristics of L. amylovorus CP1750 for carbohydrate assimilation. The results were shown in Table 1.
TABLE-US-00001 TABLE 1 Carbohydrate assimilation* glycerol - erythritol - D-arabinose - L-arabinose - ribose - D-xylose - L-xylose - adonitol - beta-methyl-D-xyloside - galactose + glucose + fructose + mannose + sorbose - rhamnose - dulcitol - inositol - mannitol - sorbitol - alpha-methyl-D-mannoside - alpha-methyl-D-glucoside - N-acetyl glucosamine + amygdalin - arbutin - esculin - salicin - cellobiose + maltose + lactose + melibiose - saccharose + trehalose - inulin - melezitose - raffinose + starch + glycogen - xylitol - gentiobiose + D-turanose - D-lyxose - D-tagatose - D-fucose - L-fucose - D-arabitol - L-arabitol - gluconate - 2-keto-gluconate - 5-keto-gluconate - *"+" represent positive for assimilation and "-" represents negative for assimilation L. amylovorus CP1750 exhibited a well growth even at 45° C.
1. JP 02-280059 A 2. New Food Industry, Vol. 32, No. 10, p 9 (1990) 3. Bioscience Microflora, Vol. 22, No. 3, p 75-83 (2003)
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