Histamine H 4 receptor antagonist reduces dermal inflammation and pruritus in a hapten-induced experimental model

Eriko Suwa, Katsunori Yamaura, Manabu Oda, Takao Namiki, Koichi Ueno

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Effects of the histamine H 4 receptor antagonist 1-[(5-chloro-1H-indol-2-yl)carbonyl]-4-methylpiperazine (JNJ7777120) were examined for 99 days in a long-term experimental model of pruritic dermatitis induced by repeated challenge with 2,4,6-trinitrochlorobenzene (TNCB) in HR-1 mice. Repeated application of TNCB to the back skin of mice elicited frequent scratching behavior and skin lesions at 24 h after challenge and beyond. JNJ7777120 (10 and 30 mg/kg) reduced this scratching behavior and ameliorated the skin lesions in a dose-dependent manner, whereas the histamine H 1 receptor antagonist fexofenadine had no such effect and did not reduce the inflammation score, even though dexamethasone reduced the scratching bouts. Each of the three agents reduced the increase in the serum IgE concentration induced by TNCB, but only JNJ7777120 reduced the number of mast cells in the skin lesions elicited by repeated application of TNCB. These results indicate that treatment with a H 4 receptor antagonist may be effective for amelioration of both skin inflammation and pruritus in patients with allergic dermatitis such as atopic dermatitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-388
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean journal of pharmacology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 30



  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Histamine H receptor
  • JNJ7777120
  • Mast cell
  • Pruritus
  • Skin inflammation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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