Bee venom and its major component, melittin, may be effective treatments for atopic dermatitis (or eczema), according to a British Journal of Pharmacology study.

Through studies conducted in mice and in human cells, investigators found that bee venom and melittin suppress inflammation through various mechanisms on immune cells and inflammatory molecules.

“This study demonstrated that bee venom and melittin have immunomodulatory activity, and such activity was associated with the regulation of T helper cell differentiation, thereby ameliorating the inflammatory skin diseases caused by atopic dermatitis,” the authors wrote.

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Additional Information

Peer Reviewed, Preclinical study, Mice, Human cells

Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bph.14487

About Journal

The British Journal of Pharmacology is a broad-based journal giving leading international coverage of all aspects of experimental pharmacology. It publishes high quality original research and authoritative reviews. Each year a range of themed issues are published and a must-read supplement, the Concise Guide to Pharmacology, is published biennially.

The journal is now published in an online-only format. Issues are published fortnightly but are no longer printed; however, authors are still able to order offprints of their own articles through Author Services.

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