Acetaminophen-induced immunosuppression associated with hepatotoxicity in mice

Koichi Ueno, Katsunori Yamaura, Tomonori Nakamura, Tetsuo Satoh, Shingo Yano

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We investigated the influence of acetaminophen (APAP), an analgesic and hepatotoxic agent, on the immune system in mice. The activity of serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase was markedly increased by about 200 fold compared to that of the vehicle control following intraperitoneal injection of 400 mg/kg of APAP. In vivo antibody-producing responses to SRBC was significantly inhibited by APAP in a dose-dependent manner, while in vivo T cell-independent antibody-producing responses to TNP-Ficoll was not inhibited. The addition of thymocytes from APAP-treated mice suppressed the response to SRBC in vitro. Thymocyte blastogenesis following mitogenic stimulation with concanavalin A was also inhibited by injection of APAP. The delayed-type hypersensitivity response and mixed lymphocyte reaction, which are used to evaluate cell-mediated immunity, were also significantly reduced after treatment with APAP. These results indicate that APAP suppresses the humoral and cell-mediated immune responses at a dose that causes liver injury.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-251
Number of pages15
JournalResearch Communications in Molecular Pathology and Pharmacology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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