Modulation of platelet aggregation-related eicosanoid production by dietary F-fucoidan from brown alga Laminaria japonica in human subjects

Br J Nutr. 2013 Sep 14;110(5):880-90. doi: 10.1017/S000711451200606X. Epub 2013 Feb 1.


Laminaria japonica is traditionally eaten in Japan as a beneficial food for thrombosis. The alga contains two specific ingredients, a xanthophyll fucoxanthin (FX) and a polysaccharide, F-fucoidan (FD). The aim of the present study was to investigate whether FX or FD exhibited anti-thrombotic effects. For this purpose, three types of capsules, containing 1 mg FX, 400 mg fucoidan, and both, were prepared from the alga and administered to volunteers for 5 weeks. The dose of FD or FD+FX significantly shortened lysis time (LT) of the thrombus measured by a global thrombosis test in the blood, but FX did not. Examining the mechanism, dietary FD increased H2O2 and the secretion of prostacyclin (PGI2), a potent inhibitor of platelet aggregation, in the blood, although FD was under the detection limit in the blood, determining with its monoclonal antibody. Furthermore, in mouse experiments, dietary FD was totally excreted into the faeces and was not incorporated into the blood. We then employed a co-culture system of a Caco-2 cell monolayer with fresh human blood. The addition of FD to Caco-2 cells stimulated the expression of NADPH oxidase 1 (NOX1) and dual oxidase 2 (DUOX2) mRNA and secreted H2O2 onto the blood side accompanied by a significant increase in serum PGI2 production. These effects were invalidated by the combined addition of FD with its monoclonal antibody. The results suggested that dietary FD stimulated the expression of H2O2-producing enzymes in intestinal epithelial cells and released H2O2 into the blood, which played a signalling role to increase PGI2 production and then shortened LT for thrombi.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 6-Ketoprostaglandin F1 alpha / genetics
  • 6-Ketoprostaglandin F1 alpha / metabolism
  • Adult
  • Anticoagulants / chemistry
  • Anticoagulants / pharmacology*
  • Blood Coagulation / drug effects
  • Caco-2 Cells
  • Coculture Techniques
  • Eicosanoids / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Laminaria / chemistry*
  • Male
  • Platelet Aggregation / physiology*
  • Polysaccharides / chemistry
  • Polysaccharides / pharmacology*
  • Stress, Mechanical
  • Thromboxane B2 / metabolism
  • Young Adult


  • Anticoagulants
  • Eicosanoids
  • Polysaccharides
  • Thromboxane B2
  • 6-Ketoprostaglandin F1 alpha
  • fucoidan
  • Hydrogen Peroxide