Roles of mast cells and histamine in mosquito bite-induced allergic itch-associated responses in mice.

@article{Ohtsuka2001RolesOM,
  title={Roles of mast cells and histamine in mosquito bite-induced allergic itch-associated responses in mice.},
  author={Eiko Ohtsuka and Sanae Kawai and Tomio Ichikawa and Hiroshi Nojima and Kouhei Kitagawa and Yoshio Shirai and Kiyoshi Kamimura and Yasushi Kuraishi},
  journal={Japanese journal of pharmacology},
  year={2001},
  volume={86 1},
  pages={
          97-105
        }
}
We investigated itch-associated responses (scratching) to mosquito bites and the role of histamine and mast cells in mosquito-induced itching in mice. Although the first bites of mosquito Aedes albopictus did not increase scratching, repeated bites increased scratching. The response was not diminished even after an interval of 2 months. Similarly, repeated intradermal (i.d.) injections of salivary gland extract (SGE) from Aedes albopictus increased scratching after SGE injection itself and… CONTINUE READING

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