Suppression of Inflammatory Reactions by Terpinen-4-ol, a Main Constituent of Tea Tree Oil, in a Murine Model of Oral Candidiasis and Its Suppressive Activity to Cytokine Production of Macrophages in Vitro.
ABSTRACT The onset of oral candidiasis is accompanied by inflammatory symptoms such as pain in the tongue, edema or tissue damage and lowers the quality of life (QOL) of the patient. In a murine oral candidiasis model, the effects were studied of terpinen-4-ol (T-4-ol), one of the main constituents of tea tree oil, Melaleuca alternifolia, on inflammatory reactions. When immunosuppressed mice were orally infected with Candida albicans, their tongues showed inflammatory symptoms within 24 h after the infection, which was monitored by an increase of myeloperoxidase activity and macrophage inflammatory protein-2 in their tongue homogenates. Oral treatment with 50 µL of 40 mg/mL terpinen-4-ol 3h after the Candida infection clearly suppressed the increase of these inflammatory parameters. In vitro analysis of the effects of terpinen-4-ol on cytokine secretion of macrophages indicated that 800 µg/mL of this substance significantly inhibited the cytokine production of the macrophages cultured in the presence of heat-killed C. albicans cells. Based on these findings, the role of the anti-inflammatory action of T-4-ol in its therapeutic activity against oral candidiasis was discussed.
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The search for alternative therapies for oral candidiasis is a necessity and the use of medicinal plants seems to be one of the promising solutions. The objective of this study was to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo effects of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia on Candida albicans. METHODS: The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum biofilm eradication concentration (MBEC) of M. alternifolia were determined by the broth microdilution assay. For the in vivo study, twelve immunosuppressed mice with buccal candidiasis received topical applications of M. alternifolia with MBEC. After treatment, yeasts were recovered from the mice and quantified (CFU/mL). Mice were killed for morphologic analysis of the tongue dorsum by optical and scanning electron microscopy. Data were analyzed using Student's t test or Mann-Whitney test. RESULTS: The MIC of M. alternifolia was 0.195% and the MBEC was 12.5%. Treatment with M. alternifolia achieved a 5.33 log reduction in C. albicans and reduced the microscopic lesions of candidiasis. CONCLUSIONS: M. alternifolia oil at a 12.5% was effective to eradicate a C. albicans biofilm formed in vitro and to reduce yeasts of C. albicans in an immunosuppressed mouse model.BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 12/2014; 14(1):489. · 1.88 Impact Factor
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Suppression of Inflammatory Reactions by Terpinen-4-ol, a Main
Constituent of Tea Tree Oil, in a Murine Model of Oral Candidiasis and
Its Suppressive Activity to Cytokine Production of Macrophages in Vitro
Kentaro Ninomiya,*,a Kazumi Hayama,a Sanae A. Ishijima,a Naho Maruyama,a,b Hiroshi Irie,c
Junichi Kurihara,d and Shigeru Abea,c
a Teikyo University Institute of Medical Mycology; c Faculty of Medical Technology, Teikyo University; 359 Otuka,
Hachioji, Tokyo 192–0395, Japan: b Faculty of Health and Medical Science, Teikyo Heisei University; 2–51–4
Higashi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170–8445, Japan: and d Faculty of Pharma Sciences, Teikyo University;
2–11–1 Kaga, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 173–8605, Japan.
Received January 10, 2013; accepted February 19, 2013
The onset of oral candidiasis is accompanied by inflammatory symptoms such as pain in the tongue,
edema or tissue damage and lowers the quality of life (QOL) of the patient. In a murine oral candidiasis
model, the effects were studied of terpinen-4-ol (T-4-ol), one of the main constituents of tea tree oil, Mela-
leuca alternifolia, on inflammatory reactions. When immunosuppressed mice were orally infected with Can-
dida albicans, their tongues showed inflammatory symptoms within 24 h after the infection, which was moni-
tored by an increase of myeloperoxidase activity and macrophage inflammatory protein-2 in their tongue
homogenates. Oral treatment with 50 µL of 40 mg/mL terpinen-4-ol 3h after the Candida infection clearly
suppressed the increase of these inflammatory parameters. In vitro analysis of the effects of terpinen-4-ol on
cytokine secretion of macrophages indicated that 800 µg/mL of this substance significantly inhibited the cyto-
kine production of the macrophages cultured in the presence of heat-killed C. albicans cells. Based on these
findings, the role of the anti-inflammatory action of T-4-ol in its therapeutic activity against oral candidiasis
Key words? terpinen-4-ol;?anti-inflammation;?Candida albicans;?myeloperoxidase;?macrophage?inflammatory?
Candida albicans is known as an opportunistic infectious
microorganism that causes oral candidiasis.1)?The?major?afflic-
tions? induced? by? onset? of? oral? candidiasis? are? inflammatory?
symptoms accompanied by discomfort, pain of the tongue,
dysgeusia and bad breath all of which greatly lower the qual-
ity of life of the patient. In most cases, oral candidiasis is
effectively treated with anti-fungal drugs,2–4) but recurrence
after termination of chemotherapy which arises in favor of C.
albicans, the commensal yeast, and emergence of an anti-fun-
gal drug resistant species as a result of repeated application of
that drug have become serious issues.5,6) Therefore, develop-
ment of a new type of treatment is highly sought after.
As reported previously, some of the essential oils,7,8) fatty
acids9) or other substances10,11)? are? therapeutically? efficacious?
to murine oral candidiasis. In preceding papers, we have
reported that oral treatment with tea tree oil (TTO) and its
main component, terpinen-4-ol (T-4-ol), improved Candida
infected lesions on the tongue’s surface and lowered the num-
ber of Candida cells in the murine oral cavity.7,12) Interest-
ingly,? although? TTO? and? T-4-ol? showed? an? efficacy? in? oral?
candidiasis, the recovery of lesion score and the decrease in
viable Candida cell number were not correlated7); that led us
to assume that there might be several factors affecting the
therapeutic results other than the direct anti-Candida?efficacy.
In our previous histopathological research, oral treat-
ment with T-4-ol was suggested to inhibit accumulation of
inflammatory? cells? at? local? sites? in? Candida infected tongue
mucosa.7)? Experimental? findings? in vitro indicated that TTO
and/or T-4-ol suppress hyphal growth of C. albicans at low
concentrations12,13)? or? possess? anti-inflammatory? activity.14,15)
responses in murine oral candidiasis, and 2. suppressive ef-
rine oral candidiasis as given here explain part of the mecha-
MATeRIAlS ANd MeTHOdS
Organisms The Candida albicans strain TIMM 1768 was
clinically isolated from patients and maintained at Teikyo Uni-
versity Institute of Medical Mycology. This strain was stored
at −80°C in Sabouraud dextrose broth (Becton dickinson,
Md, U.S.A.) containing 0.5% yeast extract (Becton dickin-
son) and 10% glycerol until the experiment was performed.
Agents Terpinen-4-ol was purchased from Tokyo Chemi-
cal Industry Co. (Tokyo, Japan). lipopolysaccharide (lPS),
hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HTAB), human my-
eloperoxidase (MPO) and tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) were
purchased from Sigma-Aldrich Japan (Tokyo, Japan).
Animals Animal experiments were performed according
to the guidelines for the care and use of animals approved by
Teikyo University and guidelines for animal experiments con-
ducted at research institutions by the Ministry of education,
Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. Six week-
old female ICR mice (Charles River Japan, Kanagawa, Japan)
were used for all animal experiments. The photoperiods were
adjusted to 12 h of light and 12 h darkness daily, and the en-
vironmental temperature was constantly maintained at 21°C.
The mice were kept in cages housing 3 animals and given ac-
cess to food and water ad libitum.
Murine Oral Candidiasis experimental procedure of
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the murine oral candidiasis model was described previously16)
and? partly? modified.? Briefly,? immunosuppressed? mice? were?
induced by subcutaneous treatment with a 100 mg/kg dose of
prednisolone (Kyoritsu Seiyaku Corporation, Tokyo, Japan)
1 d prior to oral infection. Tetracycline hydrochloride (Sumika
enviro-Science, Tokyo, Japan) in drinking water at a dose of
4.2 mg/ml was given to the animals from 1 d before infection
until the experiment ended. On the day of Candida inocula-
tion, mice were anesthetized by intramuscular injection with
Industries, ltd., Osaka, Japan) in the left femur; subsequently,
oral infection was induced with about 2×108 cells/ml vi-
able cells of C. albicans (TIMM1768) in RPMI1640 medium
containing fetal bovine serum (FBS), the complete medium.
The oral infection was performed by means of a cotton swab
(baby cotton buds; Johnson & Johnson, Tokyo, Japan) rolled
over the entire tongue in the mouth. The cell number of C.
albicans inoculated in the oral cavity was calculated to be ap-
proximately 1×106 cells/mouse by the difference in viable cell
number adhering to the cotton swabs before and just after oral
Oral Treatment T-4-ol was suspended in 1% Tween 80
cavity with feeding needles 3 h after C. albicans inoculation
as previously reported.7,17) One percent Tween 80 was applied
to the control group in the same manner.
Quantitation of Viable C. albicans from Oral Cavity and
Homogenization of Infected Tongues Twenty-four hours
the Candida cells in the oral cavity were collected with a cot-
ton swab. After swabbing this cavity, the end of the swab was
cut off and placed in a tube containing 5 ml sterile saline.
The Candida cells were re-suspended by mixing with a vortex
mixer and diluted with a series of 20 and 100-fold dilution
of sterile saline. Fifty microliters of each dilution was incu-
bated on a Candida GS agar plate for 20 h at 37°C followed by
counting of the CFU (colony forming units).
To measure MPO activity as well as the quantity of cyto-
kines in the Candida infected tongues, the supernatants of
the homogenized tongues were frozen until the experiments.
The resected tongues were placed in 2 ml of 0.5% HTAB for
MPO assay or the complete medium for enzyme-linked im-
munosorbent assay (elISA) and were homogenized followed
by centrifugation at 3400 rpm for 10 min. The retrieved super-
natant was stored at −80°C until measured.
MPO Assay Measurement of MPO activity was based
on the method of Maruyama et al.18)?and?partly?modified.?The?
samples from −80°C were thawed and poured into 96 well
micro plates (30 µl/well). Subsequently, 200 µl of a mixture
containing 100 µl of phosphate buffered saline, 85 µl of
0.22 m sodium phosphate buffer and 15 µl of 0.017% hydrogen
peroxide was added to the wells. The reaction was started by
the addition of 20 µl of 18.4 mm TMB in 8% aqueous dimeth-
ylformamide. Plates were incubated at 37°C for 3 min and then
placed on ice where the reaction was stopped by addition to
each well of 30 µl of 1.46 m sodium acetate. The absorbance
of samples was measured with 620 nm (optical density (Od)
value) and converted into MPO values per 0.1 g of murine
ELISA An elISA assay kit was purchased from Bd
Biosciences (CA, U.S.A.) for tumor necrosis factor-alpha
(TNF-α) and R&d Systems (Minnesota, U.S.A.) for macro-
phage? inflammatory? protein-2? (MIP-2).? The? supernatants? of?
tongues were adjusted as described earlier and elISA was
conducted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Preparation of Heat-Killed Candida albicans for in Vitro
Assay Heat-killed Candida albicans (HKCA) prepared using
the following protocol was applied for in vitro experiments.
C. albicans was grown on Sabouraud dextrose for 16h and
harvested in RPMI1640 medium containing 2.5% FBS. Half
of the culture medium containing Candida cells was im-
mersed in warmed 95°C water for 20 min and stored at −80°C
until experiments (HKCA yeast). The other half was adjusted
to 1×107 cells/ml and poured into petri dishes followed by
incubation at 37°C, 5% CO2 for 3 h. This incubation allowed
the Candida to form germ tubes. The germinated cells were
collected, heated and stored in the same manner until further
experiments (HKCA hyphae).
Preparation of Murine Macrophage Monolayer Murine
macrophages were prepared from peritoneal exudate by the
method described previously19)? and? partly? modified.? Briefly,?
ICR mice were intraperitoneally injected with 2 ml of 3%
Fluid thioglycollate medium (Becton dickinson) in distilled
water 3 d before the collection of peritoneal exudate cells
(PeC). The collected PeC were centrifuged at 1500 rpm, 4°C
for 5 min and adjusted to 1×106 cells/ml with a hemocytome-
ter followed by applying 200 µl/well into 96-well microplates.
The cells were incubated for 2.5 h at 37°C in 5% CO2; non-
adherent cells were gently washed out with 37°C PBS result-
ing in a monolayer which consisted of macrophages (>95%).19)
Measurement of Anti-inflammatory Activity of T-4-ol
in Vitro HKCA, lPS and T-4-ol were prepared with the
complete medium and added to the macrophage-monolayer
followed by 37°C in 5% CO2 incubation. The tested concentra-
tion of T-4-ol was adjusted to 200, 400 and 800 µg/ml, since
a previous report20)?showed?that?epithelial?cells?or?fibroblasts?
were remained viable at least after short time exposure of less
than 1000 µg/ml of T-4-ol. After the incubation, collected
culture supernatants were centrifuged for 2000 rpm at 4°C
for 5 min and the supernatants were stored at −80°C until the
Histopathological Observation The murine tongues were
affin? for? histopathological? study.? Five-micron? sections? were?
obtained? from? the? paraffin? block? and? stained? with? periodic?
acid-Schiff (PAS) stain.
Statistical Analysis All results of statistical analysis were
analyzed using unpaired t-tests. In all cases, p<0.05 was con-
Kinetics of MPO Activity in Murine Oral Candidiasis
and MPO Suppression of T-4-ol First, the neutrophil accu-
mulation was evaluated by measuring MPO activity, the mark-
fected tongues; these tongues showed a clear increase of MPO
activity on average although it varied among individual mice.
The mean value of MPO activity was 101.21± 59.39 munits/
mouse tongue (n=6) in a Candida-infected group compared
with 7.11± 3.64 munits/mouse tongue (n=6) in an uninfected
group 24 h after Candida inoculation, which means that MPO
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activity of Candida infected tongues increase 14 folds to the
Oral treatments with 50 µl of T-4-ol solution at the concen-
tration? of? 10?mg/mL? significantly? decreased? MPO? activity? of?
infected tongues (Fig. 1a). T-4-o1 was applied once 3h after
the Candida inoculation. In this experiment, we observed
that viable Candida cell numbers in the oral cavity were also
though a decreasing tendency was appeared (Fig. 1b).
Histopathological Observation of Candida Infected
Tongues Treated by T-4-ol PAS stained sections of
tongues, prepared 24 h after Candida infection, were observed
as in Fig. 2. Hyphal extension of C. albicans and accumulation
2b), but not in the uninfected group (Fig. 2a). The amount of
hyphae was diminished dose dependently by oral application
of T-4-ol although some were still present on the mucosal
surface? (Figs.? 2c,?d).? No? accumulation? of? inflammatory? cells?
was observed in the local infected site, which seemed clearly
different from the control group.
T-4-ol Suppresses Production of MIP-2 in Murine Oral
Candidiasis Since it is known that MIP-2 functions as a
in a murine body, the kinetics of the amount of MIP-2 pro-
duced in Candida-infected tongues was evaluated. In a control
experiment, the tongues of Candida-uninfected mice with or
without T-4-ol (40 mg/ml) were homogenized to determine
their MIP-2 amount followed by the elISA assay. The average
quantity of MIP-2 was 0± 1.01 or 6.95± 20.89 pg/tongue (0.1 g)
(n=6), which indicated that T-4-ol treatment to uninfected
tongues? did? not? significantly? affect? the? level? of? MIP-2.? The?
amount produced in Candida-infected groups treated with 10
ing to the control group as shown in Fig. 3.
Fig. 1. effects of T-4-ol Treatment on MPO Activity and Viable Candida Cell Number in Murine Oral Candidiasis
T-4-ol was orally applied 3 h after Candida inoculation. The infected tongues were homogenized 24 h after infection followed by determination of their MPO activity. C.
albicans cells in an oral cavity were collected by swabbing before tongue resection (n=6). (a) MPO activity. (b) Viable Candida cell number. * p<0.05.
Fig. 2. Microscopic Observation of Typical lesion of PAS-Stained Tongues Treated with or without T-4-ol at 24 h after Candida Inoculation
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Measurement of TNF-α Production by Murine Mac-
rophages Stimulated with Heat-Killed Candida Cells in
Vitro As described above, oral application of T-4-ol seemed
to?suppress?local?inflammation?in?Candida infected tongues.
From these results, we performed in vitro studies to examine
whether T-4-ol possesses direct suppressive activity to pro-
duction? of? inflammatory? cytokines? from? Candida-stimulated
macrophages. It is reported that tissue invasion of Candida
hyphae? causes? production? of? inflammatory? cytokines.21) As
a? major? inflammatory? cytokine,? TNF-α which is reportedly
secreted in a short time (2 h) after exposure to C. albicans,22)
was evaluated by supernatants from murine peritoneal macro-
phages cultured with HKCA.
To determine whether there is a difference of production
amount of the cytokine between HKCA yeast and hyphae,
each of stimulatory activities was tested to murine macro-
phages. Adjusted concentrations of HKCA yeast or hyphae
were added to a macrophage monolayer followed by 2 h
incubation at 37°C, and TNF-α amount in the culture super-
natants was then measured with elISA. The results showed
that TNF-α was produced more effectively after 2 h culture
of macrophages stimulated with HKCA hyphae, than with
HKCA yeast (Fig. 4) .
The effects of T-4-ol on TNF-α production by murine
macrophages were examined. Macrophage monolayer was cul-
tured in the presence of HKCA hyphae with or without T-4-ol
for 2, 6, or 20 h cultivation and then the culture supernatants
were obtained for measurement of TNF-α secretion (Fig. 5a).
T-4-ol suppressed the production of TNF-α dose dependently
and its 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) at 2 or 6 h culture
was estimated to be under 800 µg/ml. The level of TNF-α in
20 h of culture supernatant seemed to be lowered. Figure 5b
shows that stimulation with lPS elicited a greater production
of TNF-α than HKCA hyphae and that TNF-α production in
the case of lPS-stimulation was not similarly suppressed by
T-4-ol Suppresses MIP-2 Production in Vitro The
effects of T-4-ol on MIP-2 production by macrophages was
also evaluated in vitro. In the presence of T-4-ol, macrophages
were cultured with 1×106 cells/ml of HKCA hyphae for 6h
and the production amount of MIP-2 in the supernatants was
evaluated with elISA. Figure 6 clearly shows that a non-
stimulated macrophage monolayer produced little MIP-2 in
contrast to the groups that cultured with HKCA hyphae. T-
4-ol suppressed these MIP-2 productions to less than 50% at
the concentration of 800 µg/ml.
Candida albicans, especially Candida cells with hyphal
growth, causes oral candidiasis by invading oral mucosal
tissues; the Candida-infected lesions are often accompanied
by pain in the tongue, redness and swelling.23) In experimen-
Fig. 3. Suppression of MIP-2 Production in Murine Tongues by T-4-ol
T-4-ol was orally applied 3 h and tongues were resected 24 h after Candida in-
oculation. The amount of MIP-2 in supernatants was determined by elISA (n=6).
Fig. 4. TNF-α Production by Murine Macrophages Stimulated with HKCA in Vitro
Macrophage monolayer was prepared as in Materials and Methods. HKCA yeast and hyphae were applied followed by 2 h of 37°C incubation and the amounts of TNF-α
in the culture supernatants were determined by elISA (n=6). * p<0.05, ** p<0.01.
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tal murine oral candidiasis, it was reported previously that
inflammatory? cells,? mainly? consisting? of? neutrophils,? accu-
mulated in Candida-infected lesions.7,24)? Since? inflammatory?
responses with these cells would cause major pathological
severity of infected tongues should be evaluated quantitatively
in order to understand the pathological conditions of this dis-
1. a marker of neutrophils, the MPO activity, was increased in
the tongue homogenates after 24 h of oral Candida infection;
2. oral treatment with T-4-ol suppressed this increase of MPO
activity, which might be caused by inhibition of the produc-
tion of MIP-2, a mouse homologue of human Il-8 which
could stimulate the migration of neutrophils. The decrease of
MPO activity in tongue tissues by T-4-ol application indicates
that this monoterpene alcohol possesses not only anti-Candida
activity? but? also? anti-inflammatory? efficacy? in? its? therapy?
against oral candidiasis.
Since cellular distribution of MPO is limited mainly to
neutrophils,25) it can be used as a marker of these cells. Our
experiments showed that MPO activity in Candida-infected
tongues at 24 h increased to more than 14 times that of a non-
cells, were accumulated in the local sites of Candida infec-
murine oral candidiasis.
Treatment of T-4-ol suppressed the increase of MPO activ-
ity in tongues 24 h after Candida infection (Fig. 1a), which
might correspond to the histological observation suggesting
lated that this suppression might be caused by the inhibited
production of MIP-2 in the tongue tissue, which may be pro-
duced? by? macrophages,? epithelial? cells? and? other? inflamma-
tory cells in the event of Candida infection. Our experimental
results showed that T-4-ol treatment suppressed production of
MIP-2 in tongues with murine oral candidiasis (Fig. 3), which
is apparently related to diminution of MPO activity. These
in oral candidiasis therapy.
Cytokine production by macrophages, which is considered
and the effects of T-4-ol on the production were examined in
vitro. Comparison of TNF-α production from murine macro-
phages stimulated by HKCA yeast and hyphae revealed that
the hyphae form more strongly induced the cytokine produc-
tion than did the yeast form (Fig. 4). The secretion of TNF-α
and MIP-2 from macrophages stimulated with HKCA hyphae
was suppressed by T-4-ol in vitro. This suppression was dem-
onstrated in the case of 2 h culture for TNF-α and 6 h culture
for MIP-2 (Figs. 5a, 6). It was previously reported that Can-
Fig. 5. effects of T-4-ol on TNF-α?Production?by?Macrophages?Stimulated?with?HKCA?or?Lipopolysaccharide?Were?Determined?Time?and?Dose?
dependently in Vitro
HKCA hyphae and/or T-4-ol were applied to the macrophage monolayers. Amounts of TNF-α in their culture supernatants were measured with elISA (n=6). (a) Stimu-
lated with HKCA hyphae. (b) Stimulated with lPS. Concentration of T-4-ol was as follows: □ 0, 200, 400, 800 μg/ml. * p<0.05, ** p<0.01.
Fig. 6. Suppression of MIP-2 Production from Murine Macrophages
Stimulated by HKCA Hyphae of T-4-ol in Vitro
Macrophage monolayer was prepared with microplates as in Materials and Meth-
ods. HKCA hyphae were adjusted to 1×106 cells/well and were cultured with T-4-ol
for 6 h. Amounts of MIP-2 in the culture supernatants were determined by elISA
(n=4). ** p<0.01.
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dida hyphae started to invade the mucosal tissues of tongues
3 h after Candida-oral inoculation.27) This evidence appears to
responses in vivo, that is, T-4-ol treatment 3 h after Candida
inoculation suppresses the increase of MIP-2 and MPO ac-
tivity very rapidly for up to 24 h after the infection. In this
context, we wish to note that the low molecular weight of this
terpenoid? must? enable? its? quick? infiltration? into? the? mucosal?
tissues of the tongues, as true of cinnamaldehyde.8)
We? have? assumed? that? the? therapeutic? activities? of? ter-
penoids including T-4-ol on candidiasis depend on its anti-
Candida-cell actions. In fact, we have reported that minimum
inhibitory concentration (MIC) of T-4-ol for yeast-form
growth of TIMM 1768 is about 40 mg/ml and even 800 µg/
ml of T-4-ol inhibits mycelial growth of the Candida cells in
vitro.12) Therapeutical activity of T-4-ol, especially decrease
of viable candida cell numbers collected from oral cavity,
should attribute to inhibition of mycelial growth of this fun-
gus.7) In this report, we showed that T-4-ol application at a
dose of 50 µL?of?40?mg/mL,?significantly?decreased?the?viable?
Candida cell number in the oral cavity (Fig. 1b). Therefore,
we can speculate that decrease of the Candida burden on the
matory responses including MIP-2 production. Although this
speculation is possible, we postulate the importance of the
because the increase of MPO activity in the infected tongues
was inhibited even with a lower dose (10 mg/ml) of T-4-ol.
Moreover,? histopathological? findings? indicate? that? the? exis-
tence of mycelia of Candida cells in tongue tissue treated with
as shown in Figs. 2c and d. Since suppression of accumulation
of? inflammatory? cells? by? T-4-ol? was? demonstrated? at? lower?
concentrations, we may consider that the impact of anti-in-
than direct anti-Candida action in improving the symptoms of
oral candidiasis. To support this assumption, we found there
was no correlation between MPO activity and viable Candida
cell number in the oral cavity of individual mice treated with
T-4-ol (data not shown).
Since? T-4-ol? possesses? anti-inflammatory? activity? in vitro
and in vivo, we must discuss the possibility that this terpene
alcohol may suppress the self-defense mechanisms against
microbial infection. As shown in Fig. 5b, the presence of T-
4-ol (800 µg/ml) did not suppress TNF-α production from
the macrophage monolayer stimulated by lPS. This result
indicates? that? anti-inflammatory? activity? of? T-4-ol? might? be?
varied by different stimulants such as HKCA hyphae or lPS,
duction amount of TNF-α in lPS, the control group did not
differ from the T-4-ol treated groups cultured for 6 or 20 h.
This means that T-4-ol did not exert cytotoxicity non-specif-
ically to macrophages, at least under our experimental condi-
tions. Therefore, we can speculate that T-4-ol does not non-
specifically? affect? defense? mechanisms? to? various? infections;?
this opinion can also be supported by excellent traditional
estimates? of? the? therapeutic? efficacy? of? TTO? on? various? cu-
taneous infectious diseases.28–30) However, in this context we
to killing activity of macrophages and neutrophils is needed.
oral candidiasis. TTO, the essential oil mainly composed of
T-4-ol, has been employed empirically against various dis-
eases? that? include? inflammation-related? disorders.28,31) The
why this terpene alcohol has been used for those treatments.
Although further study is needed, we hope that T-4-ol can
serve not only in oral candidiasis therapy but against various
inflammatory? diseases;? the? significance? of? this? agent? would?
be increased in terms of its prevention or therapy of disorders
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