Selective activation of human dendritic cells by OM-85 through a NF-kB and MAPK dependent pathway

Carmen Parola, Laura Salogni, Xenia Vaira, Sara Scutera, Paolo Somma, Valentina Salvi, Tiziana Musso, Giuseppe Tabbia, Marco Bardessono, Christian Pasquali, Alberto Mantovani, Silvano Sozzani, Daniela Bosisio

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


OM-85 (Broncho-Vaxom®, Broncho-Munal®, Ommunal®, Paxoral®, Vaxoral®), a product made of the water soluble fractions of 21 inactivated bacterial strain patterns responsible for respiratory tract infections, is used for the prevention of recurrent upper respiratory tract infections and acute exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. OM-85 is able to potentiate both innate and adaptive immune responses. However, the molecular mechanisms responsible for OM-85 activation are still largely unknown. Purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of OM-85 stimulation on human dendritic cell functions. We show that OM-85 selectively induced NF-kB and MAPK activation in human DC with no detectable action on the interferon regulatory factor (IRF) pathway. As a consequence, chemokines (i.e. CXCL8, CXCL6, CCL3, CCL20, CCL22) and B-cell activating cytokines (i.e. IL-6, BAFF and IL-10) were strongly upregulated. OM-85 also synergized with the action of classical pro-inflammatory stimuli used at suboptimal concentrations. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with COPD, a pathological condition often associated with altered PRR expression pattern, fully retained the capability to respond to OM-85. These results provide new insights on the molecular mechanisms of OM-85 activation of the immune response and strengthen the rational for its use in clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere82867
JournalPLoS One
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 30 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Selective activation of human dendritic cells by OM-85 through a NF-kB and MAPK dependent pathway'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this