Inhibition of histamine-mediated signaling confers significant protection against severe malaria in mouse models of disease

Walid Beghdadi, Adeline Porcherie, Bradley S. Schneider, David Dubayle, Roger Peronet, Michel Huerre, Takeshi Watanabe, Hiroshi Ohtsu, Jacques Louis, Salaheddine Mécheri

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Abstract

From the inoculation of Plasmodium sporozoites via Anopheles mosquito bites to the development of blood-stage parasites, a hallmark of the host response is an inflammatory reaction characterized by elevated histamine levels in the serum and tissues. Given the proinflammatory and immunosuppressive activities associated with histamine, we postulated that this vasoactive amine participates in malaria pathogenesis. Combined genetic and pharmacologic approaches demonstrated that histamine binding to H1R and H2R but not H3R and H4R increases the susceptibility of mice to infection with Plasmodium. To further understand the role of histamine in malaria pathogenesis, we used histidine decarboxylase-deficient (HDC-/-) mice, which are free of histamine. HDC-/- mice were highly resistant to severe malaria whether infected by mosquito bites or via injection of infected erythrocytes. HDC-/- mice displayed resistance to two lethal strains: Plasmodium berghei (Pb) ANKA, which triggers cerebral malaria (CM), and Pb NK65, which causes death without neurological symptoms. The resistance of HDC-/- mice to CM was associated with preserved blood-brain barrier integrity, the absence of infected erythrocyte aggregation in the brain vessels, and a lack of sequestration of CD4 and CD8 T cells. We demonstrate that histamine-mediated signaling contributes to malaria pathogenesis. Understanding the basis for these biological effects of histamine during infection may lead to novel therapeutic strategies to alleviate the severity of malaria. JEM

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-408
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Experimental Medicine
Volume205
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 18
Externally publishedYes

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