Visceral antinociception produced by bee venom stimulation of the Zhongwan acupuncture point in mice: Role of α2 adrenoceptors

Young Bae Kwon, Myung Soo Kang, Ho Jae Han, Alvin J. Beitz, Jang Hern Lee

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Abstract

The goal of the present study was to determine whether bee venom (BV) injection into the Zhongwan acupoint (CV12), compared to injection into a non-acupoint, produced antinociception in an acetic acid-induced visceral pain model. This was accomplished by injecting BV subcutaneously into the Zhongwan acupoint or into a non-acupoint 30 min before intraperitoneal injection of acetic acid in ICR mice. BV injection into the acupoint produced a dose dependent suppression of acetic acid-induced abdominal stretches and of acetic acid-induced Fos expression in the spinal cord and the nucleus tractus solitarii. In contrast BV injection into the non-acupoint only produced antinociception at the highest dose of BV tested. Naloxone pretreatment did not alter the antinociceptive effect of BV acupoint injection on the abdominal stretch reflex. On the other hand, pretreatment with the α2-adrenoceptor antagonist, yohimbine completely blocked the antinociceptive effect of BV acupoint injection. These results imply that BV acupoint stimulation can produce visceral antinociception that is associated with activation of α2-adrenoceptors, but not with naloxone-sensitive opioid receptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume308
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 3 2001

Keywords

  • Abdominal nociception
  • Acupuncture
  • Adrenoceptor antagonist
  • Antinociception
  • Bee venom
  • Fos expression

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