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Loureirin B: An Effective Component in Dragon's Blood Modulating Sodium Currents in TG Neurons.

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan, Hubei, 430074, China (phone: 86-027-67843892; fax: 86-027-67842854; e-mail: liu. xiangming@263.net).

Abstract

To test, analyze and express the relationship between the pharmacological effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dragon's blood and that of its component loureirin B, specify an operational definition for effective component from raw drug of TCM. Using the whole-cell patch-clamp technique, the effects of dragon's blood and its component loureirin B on tetrodotoxin-sensitive (TTX-S) and tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-R) sodium currents in trigeminal ganglion (TG) neurons were observed. The results show that both dragon's blood and loureirin B suppressed two types of peak sodium currents in a dose-dependent way. 0.1% dragon's blood and 0.2mmol/L loureirin B affected the activation and inactivation of sodium channels. The results further prove the analgetic mechanism of dragon's blood interfering with the nociceptive transmission. According to the above definition, loureirin B is the effective component in dragon's blood modulating sodium currents in TG neurons.

PMID:
17281358
DOI:
10.1109/IEMBS.2005.1615588

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