Inflammation Research

, Volume 59, Issue 10, pp 847–854 | Cite as

Quercetin and kaempferol suppress immunoglobulin E-mediated allergic inflammation in RBL-2H3 and Caco-2 cells

  • Eun-Ju Lee
  • Geun-Eok Ji
  • Mi-Kyung Sung
Original Research Paper



We investigated the inhibitory effects of quercetin and kaempferol treatment on the suppression of immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated allergic responses in relation to intestinal epithelium barrier function in RBL-2H3 and Caco-2 cells.


RBL-2H3 cells as a model of intestinal mucosa mast cells were treated with flavonols followed by IgE-anti-dinitrophenyl sensitization. The extent of degranulation and the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines were measured. Caco-2 cells were stimulated with interleukin (IL)-4 or IgE-allergen with or without flavonol pretreatment and changes in the expression of CD23 mRNA and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), and chemokine release were determined.


Flavonols inhibited the secretion of allergic mediators in RBL-2H3 cells and suppressed the CD23 mRNA expression and p38 MAPK activation in IL-4 stimulated Caco-2 cells. Flavonols also suppressed IgE-OVA induced extra signal-regulated protein kinase (ERK) activation and chemokine release.


Quercetin and kaempferol effectively suppressed the development of IgE-mediated allergic inflammation of intestinal cell models.


Allergy Quercetin Kaempferol Intestinal barrier IgE 



This study was supported by the grant (A080664) from the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, Republic of Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Food and NutritionSookmyung Women’s UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Food and NutritionSeoul National UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Research CenterBIFIDO Co., LtdSeoulRepublic of Korea

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