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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 321067, 6 pages
Research Article

The Impacts of Along-Channel Acupuncture on the Protein Expressions of the Chloride Channel of the Rats with Myocardial Ischemia

1Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang 110032, China
2Institute of Acupuncture, China Academy of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100700, China
3Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu 610075, China

Received 13 April 2013; Accepted 7 June 2013

Academic Editor: Wei-bo Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Ze-Dong Cheng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Recent evidence suggests that chloride ( ) channels are involved in myocardial ischemia. In this study, the impact of acupuncture on the protein expressions of Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) and CLC-2 channel of the rats with myocardial ischemia were tested and its mechanism was explored. The rats for experiment were distributed randomly into 5 groups: blank control group, modeling control group, Neiguan (PC-6) treatment group, Lieque (LU-7) control group, and Non-acupoint control group. The rats of all groups, except the blank control group, had myocardial ischemia via multiple subcutaneous injection of isoproterenol (ISO). Electroacupuncture treatment was given to Neiguan (PC-6) treatment group, Lieque (LU-7) control group, and Non-acupoints control group, respectively, once a day for 7 days. The results show that acupuncture can alleviate the myocardial ischemia of cardiac tissue, decrease significantly the activities of serum SOD and MDA, and thereby influence the protein expressions of CFTR and CLC-2 in channels. The results of the study implies that acupuncture suppresses the pathological changes of cardiac tissue of rats with myocardial ischemia and regulates the protein expression of CFTR and CLC-2 channels, which may serve as one possible mechanism to reduce myocardial ischemia.