Selective inhibition of T-cell-dependent immune responses by bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloids in vivo.

The bisbenzylisoquinoline (BBI) alkaloids, chondocurine, tetrandrine, isotetrandrine and cepharanthine, were tested for immunosuppressive activity in mice. A plaque-forming cell (PFC) response to a T-cell-dependent antigen, sheep red blood cell, was significantly suppressed by a 7 day treatment of chondocurine or tetrandrine at 1 mg/kg/day and of… CONTINUE READING