Effects of vitamin B6 deficiency on cytokine levels and lymphocytes in mice

Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 1998 May;62(5):1008-10. doi: 10.1271/bbb.62.1008.


The effects of vitamin B6 (B6) deficiency on cytokine levels and proportions of lymphocyte subsets in BALB/c mice were investigated. The proportion of lymphocytes from the thymus and spleen of mice given no B6, that were CD4+ CD8- T cells, was larger than in mice given B6, and the ratio of CD8+ to CD4+ T cells in the thymus of mice given no B6 was lower. The concentrations of interleukin-5 and -10 in spleen cells stimulated in vitro with concanavalin A were significantly higher in the mice with B6 deficiency, as was their plasma corticosterone concentrations. These results suggested that B6 is necessary to maintain cytokine levels and lymphoid function in the thymus and spleen of mice.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cytokines / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Lymphocyte Subsets / metabolism*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Vitamin B Deficiency / blood*


  • Cytokines