Juzentaihoto, a Kampo medicine, enhances IL-12 production by modulating Toll-like receptor 4 signaling pathways in murine peritoneal exudate macrophages

Int Immunopharmacol. 2005 May;5(5):871-82. doi: 10.1016/j.intimp.2005.01.004.


Juzentaihoto (TJ-48), a Kampo medicine, has been reported to affect the immune system. Although toll-like receptors (TLRs) have been identified as receptors of innate immunity, the effects of TJ-48 on TLR signaling pathways have not been thoroughly investigated. Here we evaluated the effects of TJ-48 on TLR4 signaling pathways. Peritoneal exudate macrophages (PEMs) isolated from mice orally administered TJ-48 for 11 days were stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a ligand of TLR4, in vitro. Production of IL-12 p40 was significantly augmented in TJ-48-treated PEMs compared with that in vehicle PEMs, without affecting the surface expression of TLR4. Treatment with chemical inhibitors of NF-kappa B and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in vitro inhibited LPS-induced IL-12 production, whereas JNK and ERK inhibitors increased IL-12 production. Immunoblotting with phosphorylation-state specific antibodies demonstrated that TJ-48 differentially affected LPS-induced phosphorylation of NF-kappa B and MAPKs. In PEMs treated with TJ-48, LPS-induced phosphorylation of p65 NF-kappa B and p38 MAPK was augmented, while that of JNK and ERK was attenuated compared with those in vehicle PEMs. These results suggest that selective modulation of the TLR4 signaling pathways by TJ-48 is involved in enhanced production of IL-12 in PEMs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Animals
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / administration & dosage
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / chemistry
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / pharmacology*
  • Female
  • Immunologic Factors / administration & dosage
  • Immunologic Factors / chemistry
  • Immunologic Factors / pharmacology*
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Interleukin-12 / biosynthesis*
  • Interleukin-12 Subunit p40
  • Lipopolysaccharides / pharmacology
  • MAP Kinase Signaling System / drug effects
  • Macrophages, Peritoneal / drug effects*
  • Macrophages, Peritoneal / immunology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Models, Immunological
  • Molecular Structure
  • NF-kappa B / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Protein Subunits / biosynthesis*
  • Receptors, Immunologic / metabolism*
  • Signal Transduction / drug effects
  • Toll-Like Receptor 4


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal
  • Immunologic Factors
  • Interleukin-12 Subunit p40
  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • NF-kappa B
  • Protein Subunits
  • Receptors, Immunologic
  • Tlr4 protein, mouse
  • Toll-Like Receptor 4
  • juzentaihoto
  • Interleukin-12