Indexed on: 20 Jul '14Published on: 20 Jul '14Published in: Carbohydrate Polymers
The versatile Fructus Jujubae is widely used in Chinese and Korean traditional medicine. In this study, the extraction optimization, characterization and immunostimulatory activities of polysaccharides from Fructus Jujubae were investigated. Based on a four-variable-three-level Box-Behnken statistical design, the optimal extraction parameters were optimized as follows: extraction temperature 90 °C, extraction time 3.23 h, water to raw material ratio 33:1 and extraction 3 times. Under these conditions, the experimental yield of polysaccharides was 6.47 ± 0.26%, which was close to the predicted yield value (6.54%). The crude Fructus Jujubae polysaccharide was further purified by DEAE-cellulose chromatography repeatedly, and two homogenous fractions, designated as RQP1d and RQP2d with molecular weight of 83.8 and 123.0 kDa respectively, were obtained. Their structures were determined by chemical analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Finally, preliminary immunological tests indicated that both RQP1d and RQP2d significantly stimulated NO production in RAW264.7 macrophages, and promoted LPS-induced splenocyte proliferation. These data implied Fructus Jujubae polysaccharides had the potential to be explored as novel natural immunostimulant for using in functional foods or medicine.