Immunomodulatory effect of Syphacia obvelata in treatment of experimental DSS-induced colitis in mouse model

Sci Rep. 2019 Dec 13;9(1):19127. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-55552-6.


The ability of helminth parasite infections to manipulate the immune system of their host towards T regulatory responses has been proposed to suppress the inflammatory response. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective and therapeutic effect of Syphacia obvelata in the treatment of experimental DSS -induced colitis. 50 male C57BL/6 mice were divided into 5 groups: healthy uninfected controls, DSS colitis, receiving only S. obv, preventive (S. obv + DSS) and therapeutic group (DSS + S.obv). Colitis intensity was investigated by measuring body weight changes, stool consistency/bleeding and colon length. To evaluate the immune responses induced by this nematode, TNF-α, IL-10, IL-17, IFN-γ and expressing of FoxP3+ T cells were measured in mesenteric lymph nodes and Peyer's patches cells. Mice in preventive and therapeutic groups treated with S. obv egg significantly ameliorated the severity of the DSS colitis, indicated by the reduced disease manifestations, improved histopathological scores correlated with the up regulation of Treg responses and down regulation of proinflammatory cytokines. S. obv can prevention and reverse on-going murine DSS colitis. The data suggest that induction of Tregs and change in cytokine profiles during helminthic therapies were responsible for reversed inflammatory events in IBD.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Colitis / chemically induced
  • Colitis / immunology*
  • Colitis / parasitology*
  • Dextran Sulfate
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Forkhead Transcription Factors / metabolism
  • Immune System
  • Inflammation
  • Interferon-gamma / metabolism
  • Interleukin-10 / metabolism
  • Interleukin-17 / metabolism
  • Lymph Nodes / immunology
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Oxyuroidea / physiology*
  • Peyer's Patches / immunology
  • T-Lymphocytes, Regulatory / parasitology
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / metabolism


  • Forkhead Transcription Factors
  • Foxp3 protein, mouse
  • IFNG protein, mouse
  • IL10 protein, mouse
  • Il17a protein, mouse
  • Interleukin-17
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • Interleukin-10
  • Interferon-gamma
  • Dextran Sulfate