Leishmanicidal activity of the Agaricus blazei Murill in different Leishmania species

Diogo G. Valadares, Mariana C. Duarte, Jamil S. Oliveira, Miguel A. Chávez-Fumagalli, Vivian T. Martins, Lourena E. Costa, João Paulo V. Leite, Marcelo M. Santoro, Wiliam C.B. Régis, Carlos A.P. Tavares, Eduardo A.F. Coelho

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Leishmaniasis is a major public health problem, and the alarming spread of parasite resistance underlines the importance of discovering new therapeutic products. The present study aims to investigate the in vitro leishmanicidal activity of an Agaricus blazei Murill mushroom extract as compared to different Leishmania species and stages. The water extract proved to be effective against promastigote and amastigote-like stages of Leishmania amazonensis, L. chagasi, and L. major, with IC50 (50% inhibitory concentration) values of 67.5, 65.8, and 56.8μg/mL for promastigotes, and 115.4, 112.3, and 108.4μg/mL for amastigotes-like respectively. The infectivity of the three Leishmania species before and after treatment with the water extract was analyzed, and it could be observed that 82%, 57%, and 73% of the macrophages were infected with L. amazonensis, L. major, and L. chagasi, respectively. However, when parasites were pre-incubated with the water extract, and later used to infect macrophages, they were able to infect only 12.7%, 24.5%, and 19.7% of the phagocytic cells for L. amazonensis, L. chagasi, and L. major, respectively. In other experiments, macrophages were infected with L. amazonensis, L. chagasi, or L. major, and later treated with the aforementioned extract, presented reductions of 84.4%, 79.6%, and 85.3% in the parasite burden after treatment. A confocal microscopy revealed the loss of the viability of the parasites within the infected macrophages after treatment with the water extract. The applied extract presented a low cytotoxicity in murine macrophages and a null hemolytic activity in type O+ human red blood cells. No nitric oxide (NO) production, nor inducible nitric oxide syntase expression, could be observed in macrophages after stimulation with the water extract, suggesting that biological activity may be due to direct mechanisms other than macrophage activation by means of NO production. In conclusion, the results demonstrate that the A. blazei Murill water extract can potentially be used as a therapeutic alternative on its own, or in association with other drugs, to treat Visceral and Cutaneous Leishmaniasis.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)357-363
Número de páginas7
PublicaciónParasitology International
EstadoPublicada - dic. 2011
Publicado de forma externa


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