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Can daily dietary arginine supplement affect the function and subpopulation of lymphocytes in patients with advanced gastric cancer?

Since arginine can stimulate lymphocyte proliferation in the healthy human, its effect on lymphocyte proliferation in vitro was studied in 7 patients with far advanced gastric cancer. These patients with normal nourishment were ambulatory and could consume a regular diet. A daily dietary supplement of 30 g arginine for 7 days did not alter the total lymphocyte counts or the T/B cell ratio in the peripheral blood. Enhancement of lymphocyte proliferation in response to mitogen stimulation was not observed. Furthermore, an in vitro study on the effect of arginine on phytohemagglutinin-stimulated lymphocyte proliferation showed that lymphocytes from gastric cancer patients had poorer responses than those obtained from normal subjects, despite the supplement in the culture medium with normal serum, patient serum, or fetal bovine serum. Arginine ingestion did not impair liver function and had no detectable side effects except transient nausea in 1 patient. These results indicate that dietary arginine supplement appears safe but does not stimulate lymphocyte function in far advanced gastric cancer patients. The suppressed immune function in gastric cancer patients may be the result of their intrinsic lymphocyte defect.[1]

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  1. Can daily dietary arginine supplement affect the function and subpopulation of lymphocytes in patients with advanced gastric cancer? Wu, C.W., Chi, C.W., Chiu, C.C., Wu, H.S., Liu, W.Y., P'eng, F.K., Wang, S.R. Digestion (1993) [Pubmed]
 
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