[Differentially expressed genes involving the correlativity between heart meridian and hypothalamus]

Author: Li M, Long DH, He L, Hu L, Wang KM, Wu ZJ, Cai RL, Zhou YP
Affiliation: Center for Researching Meridian-Viscera Correlation, Anhui College of Chinese Medicine, Hefei 230038, China
Conference/Journal: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu.
Date published: 2008 Aug
Other: Volume ID: 33 , Issue ID: 4 , Pages: 219-22 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] , Word Count: 190

OBJECTIVE: To study the bio-molecule basis of correlativity between Heart Meridian and hypothalamus from gene differential expression. METHODS: Twenty-eight healthy Sprague-Dawley male rats were divided into 4 groups randomly: normal control, model, Heart Meridian-electroacupuncture (EA) and Lung Meridian-EA groups, with 7 cases in each. Acute myocardial ischemia (AMI) model was duplicated by occlusion of the left anterior descending branch (LAD) of the coronary artery under anesthesia (3% Nemb, 40 mg/kg). EA (1.1 mA, 2 Hz, duration of waves 300 micros) was applied to bilateral \"Shenmen\" (HT 7)-\"Tongli\" (HT 5, Heart Meridian), \"Taiyuan\" (LU 9)-\"Lieque\" (LU 7, Lung Meridian) separately for 20 min, once daily for 3 days. Then, hypothalamus tissue was taken for differentially expressed gene profiling analysis (Affymetrix GeneChip Rat Genome U 230 Affymetrix). RESULTS: Compared with model group, among the differentially expressed genes above 2 times in Heart-Meridian-EA group and Lung-Meridian-EA group, 190 and 57 were up-regulated, 34 and 26 down-regulated separately. Compared with Lung-Meridian-EA group, among the 175 differentially expressed genes above 2 times in hypothalamus tissues of Heart-Meridian-EA group, 147 were up-regulated and 28 down-regulated. CONCLUSION: In comparison with EA of Lung Meridian, a different gene expression profile of hypothalamus tissue is involved in the effect of EA of Heart-Meridian on acute myocardial ischemia.