Front Pharmacol. 2021 Jun 14;12:696729.doi: 10.3389/fphar.2021.696729. eCollection 2021.

Forsythiasides-Rich Extract From Forsythiae Fructus Inhibits Mast Cell Degranulation by Enhancing Mitochondrial Ca 2+ Uptake

Ruijuan Qi  1 Yuan Kang  1 Ximeng Li  1 Xiaoyu Zhang  1 Yixin Han  1 Runlan Cai  1 Yuan Gao  1 Yun Qi  1 Affiliations

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Mast cells (MCs) activated via IgE/FcεRI or MAS-related G protein coupled receptor (Mrgpr)-mediated pathway can release granules that play prominent roles in hypersensitivity reactions. Forsythiae Fructus, a well-known traditional Chinese medicine, has been clinically used for allergic diseases. Although previous studies indicated that Forsythiae Fructus extract inhibited compound 48/80-induced histamine release from MCs, its effect on IgE-dependent MC degranulation and possible underlying mechanisms remain to be explored. Herein, we prepared the forsythiasides-rich extract (FRE) and investigated its action on MC degranulation and explored its underlying mechanism. Our data showed that FRE could dampen IgE/FcεRI- and Mrgpr-mediated MC degranulation in vitro and in vivo. Mechanism study indicated that FRE decreased cytosolic Ca2+ (Ca2+ [c]) level rapidly and reversibly. Moreover, FRE decreased Ca2+ [c] of MCs independent of plasma membrane Ca2+-ATPase (PMCA), sarco/endoplasmic Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA) and Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (NCX). While, along with Ca2+ [c] decrease, the increase of mitochondrial Ca2+ (Ca2+ [m]) occurred simultaneously in FRE-treated RBL-2H3 cells. In the isolated mitochondria, FRE also promoted the subcellular organelle to uptake more extramitochondrial Ca2+. In conclusion, by increasing Ca2+ [m] uptake, FRE decreases Ca2+ [c] level to suppress MC degranulation. Our findings may provide theoretical support for the clinical application of Forsythiae Fructus on allergy and other MC-involved diseases.

Keywords: IgE; Mrgpr; cytosolic Ca2+; forsythiae fructus; mast cell degranulation; mitochondrial Ca2+.