Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 184, Issue 1, pp 247–258 | Cite as

Agaricus blazei Murill Polysaccharides Protect Against Cadmium-Induced Oxidative Stress and Inflammatory Damage in Chicken Spleens



Agaricus blazei Murill polysaccharide (ABP) has exhibited antioxidant and immunoregulatory activity. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of ABP on cadmium (Cd)-induced antioxidant functions and inflammatory damage in chicken spleens. In this study, groups of 7-day-old chickens were fed with normal saline (0.2 mL single/day), CdCl2 (140 mg/kg/day), ABP (30 mg/mL, 0.2 mL single/day), and Cd + ABP (140 mg/kg/day + 0.2 mL ABP). Spleens were separated on the 20th, 40th, and 60th day for each group. The Cd contents, expression of melanoma-associated differentiation gene 5 (MDA5) and its downstream signaling molecules (interferon promoter-stimulating factor 1 (IPS-1), transcription factors interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF3), and nuclear factor kappa-light chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB)), the content of cytokines (interleukin 1β (IL-1β), interleukin 6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and beta interferon (IFN-β)), protein levels of heat shock proteins (HSPs), levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), activities of glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and superoxide dismutase (SOD), and histopathological changes of spleens were detected on the 20th, 40th, and 60th day. The results showed that ABP significantly reduced the accumulation of Cd in the chicken spleens and reduced the expression of MDA5, IPS-1, IRF-3, and NF-κB; their downstream inflammatory cytokines, IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, and IFN-β; and the protein levels of HSPs (HSP60, HSP70, and HSP90) in spleens. The activities of antioxidant enzymes (SOD and GSH-Px) significantly increased, and the level of MDA decreased in the ABP + Cd group. The results indicate that ABP has a protective effect on Cd-induced damage in chicken spleens.


Cadmium ABP Chicken spleens MDA5 signaling pathway HSPs Antioxidant activity 



We thank the members of the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Northeast Agricultural University. All authors have read the manuscript and agreed to submit it in its current form for consideration for publication in the journal.

Funding Information

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 31272533).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

All procedures used in the current study were approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of Northeast Agricultural University in China.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wanqiu Xie
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ai Lv
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ruyue Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zequn Tang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dexing Ma
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiaodan Huang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ruili Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ming Ge
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Veterinary MedicineNortheast Agricultural UniversityHarbinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Heilongjiang Key Laboratory for Laboratory Animals and Comparative MedicineHarbinPeople’s Republic of China

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