Biological and inflammatory effects of antigen 5 from polybia paulista (Hymenoptera, vespidae) venom in mouse intraperitoneal macrophages

Murilo Luiz Bazon, Luis Gustavo Romani Fernandes, Isabela Oliveira Sandrini Assugeni, Lucas Machado Pinto, Patrícia Ucelli Simioni, Ricardo de Lima Zollner, Márcia Regina Brochetto Braga*

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The social wasp Polybia paulista (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) is highly aggressive, being responsible for many medical occurrences. One of the most allergenic components of this venom is Antigen 5 (Poly p 5). The possible modulation of the in vitro immune response induced by antigen 5 from P. paulista venom, expressed recombinantly (rPoly p 5), on BALB/c mice peritoneal macrophages, activated or not with LPS, was assessed. Here, we analyzed cell viability changes, expression of the phosphorylated form of p65 NF-κB subunit, nitric oxide (NO), proinflammatory cytokines production, and co-stimulatory molecules (CD80, CD86). The results suggest that rPoly p 5 does not affect NO production nor the expression of co-stimulatory molecules in mouse peritoneal macrophages. On the other hand, rPoly p 5 induced an increase in IL-1β production in non-activated macrophages and a reduction in the production of TNF-α and MCP-1 cytokines in activated macrophages. rPoly p 5 decreased the in vitro production of the phosphorylated p65 NF-κB subunit in non-activated macrophages. These findings suggest an essential role of this allergen in the polarization of functional M2 macrophage phenotypes, when analyzed in previously activated macrophages. Further investigations, mainly in in vivo studies, should be conducted to elucidate Polybia paulista Ag5 biological role in the macrophage functional profile modulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number850
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Antigen 5
  • Hymenoptera
  • Inflammatory effects
  • Macrophages
  • Polybia paulista


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