The Inhibitory effects of quail egg on mast cells degranulation by suppressing PAR2-mediated MAPK and NF-kB activation

  • Priscilia Lianto China Agricultural University
  • Fredrick O. Ogutu Food Technology Division of Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute
  • Yani Zhang China Agricultural University
  • Feng He China Agricultural University
  • Huilian Che China Agricultural University
Keywords: quail egg, mast cells, anti-allergic, PAR-2, degranulation, activation


Background: Quail egg (QE) has been reported to possess an anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory activity. We have demonstrated that whole QE was able to attenuate the allergic symptoms in food allergy–induced EoE murine model, but whether QE albumen or QE yolk plays a more important role still remains unclear.

Objective: In this current study, we investigated the suppressive role of QE in mast cell degranulation and cytokine production of the effect phase response.

Method: A passive cutaneous anaphylaxis (PCA) mouse model was used to confirm the anti-allergic effect of QE. Besides, HMC-1 cell model was used to study its suppressive role in more detail. In this in vitro study, we divided QE into three groups: whole QE, QE albumen, and QE yolk. The effect of QE treatment on mast cell degranulation and intracellular calcium influx was investigated. Moreover, the effect of QE allergy– related mediators, genes, and proteins were also assessed by ELISA, RT-PCR, and western blotting.

Results and discussion: Our data showed that the extent of mast cell degranulation–mediated ear vascular permeability in IgE-mediated PCA mice treated with whole QE (17 mg/kg) was decreased significantly up to 43.31 ± 0.42% reduction. HMC-1 cell–based immunological assay in vitro indicated that QE, particularly its albumen, acted as a ‘mast cell stabilizer’. Under the concentration of 70 μg/mL, QE albumen effectively suppressed the releases of β-hexosaminidase, histamine, and tryptase, as well as Th2 and pro-inflammatory cytokine production; reached 30 up to 50% reduction. Besides, QE albumen was also able to significantly modulate the upregulation of IL-10 up to 58.30 ± 5.9%. Interestingly, our data indicated that QE yolk still had a significant inhibitory effect on modulating Th2 cytokines in its highest concentration (100 μg/mL), while QE albumen showed no inhibitory effect. Western blot analysis showed QE albumen effectively down-regulated the expressions of calcium- related protein (TRPC1, Orai1, STIM1, PLC-γ and IP3R), facilitated the reduction of PAR-2 and induced the reduction of phosphorylation of JNK, IKKα, p50 and p65 protein expressions.

Conclusion: As confirmed by PCA and HMC-1 cell-based immunology assay, QE albumen and QE yolk may work together through exerting anti-allergy activity and can be used as a potential anti-allergic nutrient in the future.


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Lianto P., Ogutu F. O., Zhang Y., He F., & Che H. (2018). The Inhibitory effects of quail egg on mast cells degranulation by suppressing PAR2-mediated MAPK and NF-kB activation. Food & Nutrition Research, 62.
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