Inhibitory effect of chaga mushroom extract on compound 48/80-induced anaphylactic shock and IgE production in mice

Taek Joon Yoon, Sue Jung Lee, Eun Young Kim, Eun Hee Cho, Tae Bong Kang, Kwang Won Yu, Hyung Joo Suh

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Chaga mushrooms (Inonotus obliquus) are hypothesised to exhibit general immune-potentiating, anti-inflammatory, and antitumor properties, but their anti-allergic activities are not fully understood. Therefore, this study investigated whether a chaga mushroom extract (C-HE) might have anti-allergic activity. This activity was assessed through the levels of the IgE Ab produced in response to an allergen (OVA). The administration of C-HE prophylactically inhibited the systemic anaphylactic shock induced by compound 48/80 in mice. The oral administration of C-HE significantly reduced the total IgE levels in mice and slightly affected the production of IgG1. Furthermore, spleen cell cultures harvested from OVA-sensitised mice that had received C-HE orally showed a significant increase in Th1-derived responses (IFN-γ production). Therefore, our results suggest that the chaga mushroom extract may be used as an anti-allergic functional food.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-670
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Immunopharmacology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr 1



  • Allergy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • IgE
  • Inonotus obliquus
  • Ovalbumin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology

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