When elderly subjects took 100 mg of Cistanche extract daily for 12 weeks, there was a 6.1% increase in helper T cells and an almost 12% increase in natural killer cell activity
. This increase represents a significant immune-boosting effect.
A diagnosis of HLH requires either a molecular diagnosis consistent with HLH or the fulfillment of five of the following eight clinical, laboratory, and histopathological criteria: fever; splenomegaly; cytopaenia affecting at least two of three cell lineages in the peripheral blood; hypertriglyceridaemia and/or hypofibrinogenaemia; haemophagocytosis in the bone marrow, spleen, or lymph nodes; low or absent natural killer cell activity
; hyperferritinaemia; and high levels of soluble-IL-2 receptor (Table).3,6
Then, splenocytes were used in splenocytes proliferation assay and natural killer cell activity
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Natural Killer Cell Activity
. For the evaluation of the natural killer (NK) cell activity and viability of splenocyte, mice (C57BL/6) were sacrificed and their spleens were collected aseptically.
The diagnosis may be established genetically (based on mutations of the genes loci PRF1, UNC13D, or STX11) or by fulfillment of 5 out of 8 criteria: fever; splenomegaly; cytopenia; hypertriglyceridemia; hypofibrinogenemia; hemophagocytosis in the bone marrow, spleen, or lymph nodes; low or absent natural killer cell activity
; and an elevated ferritin level (>500 ng/mL).
(4) Another report from China described a case of suspected HLH with low natural killer cell activity
and high CD25 levels which preceded the histological diagnosis of MBL.