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Forum on Immunopathological Diseases and Therapeutics
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ISSN Imprimir: 2151-8017
ISSN On-line: 2151-8025

Archives: Volume 1, 2010 to Volume 7, 2016

Forum on Immunopathological Diseases and Therapeutics

DOI: 10.1615/ForumImmunDisTher.2012004648
pages 41-50

Activation of Mast Cells by Acupuncture Stimuli

Lina Wang
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Wolfgang Schwarz
Shanghai Research Center for Acupuncture & Meridians, 199 Guoshoujing Rd, Shanghai 201203, China; Max-Planck Intitute for Biophysics, Max-von-Laue Str. 3, 60438 Frankfurt a.M., Germany;3Institute for Biophysics, JW-Goethe-University, Max-von-Laue Str.


In traditional Chinese medicine, selected points on the body surface, the acupuncture points, are treated by various physical stimuli. Degranulation of subcutaneous mast cells has been suggested to be involved in initiation of the acupuncture effects. Here we give an overview on our recent research illustrating that ion channels in mast cell membranes can be activated by mechanical and red-laser-light stimuli. These stimuli can induce degranulation of the human mast cell line HMC1 as well as mast cells in connective tissue of rats. For HMC1 we also could show that the stimulation led to an increase in intracellular Ca2+. Activation of transient receptor potential channels sensitive to valinoid (TRPV) may be involved in initiation of the degranulation process. A stretch-activated anion channel may also be involved.

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