Effect of beta-carotene and canthaxanthin on the immune responses of the rat.

@article{Bendich1986EffectOB,
  title={Effect of beta-carotene and canthaxanthin on the immune responses of the rat.},
  author={Adrianne Bendich and Sandor S. Shapiro},
  journal={The Journal of nutrition},
  year={1986},
  volume={116 11},
  pages={2254-62}
}
Male Wistar Kyoto rats were fed diets containing either 2 g/kg (0.2%) beta-carotene, canthaxanthin or basal diet for up to 66 wk. Plasma and tissues were analyzed for vitamin A, vitamin E, beta-carotene or canthaxanthin levels. In vitro immune responses of splenocytes to T- and B-lymphocyte mitogens were determined. T- and B-lymphocyte responses were consistently enhanced in the groups fed beta-carotene or canthaxanthin. Since canthaxanthin cannot be converted to vitamin A, the… CONTINUE READING

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