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Capsaicin-induced Thermal Enhancement on Target Tissues in Hyperthermia

Author(s): Peng Zeng | Zhong-Shan Deng | Jing Liu

Journal: International Journal of Image, Graphics and Signal Processing
ISSN 2074-9074

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 49;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: thermal enhancement | thermogenesis | capsai-cin | tumor hyperthermia | TRPV1 | thermoregulation

Local thermal enhancement in target tissue is of great interest in tumor hyperthermia. In this study, we proposed a brand-new thermal enhancement protocol for tumor hyperthermia using heat generated from thermoge-nesis evoked by capsaicin, which can safely deliver a totally localized heating to target tissue. A healthy male volunteer was recruited, whose partial areas of the dorsum of hand and posterior aspect of forearm were smeared with 1% (w/w) capsaicin solution, to determine the increase of ther-mogenesis in human body. In addition, animal experiments on healthy Kunming (KM) mice (20-22g) were performed to test the feasibility and efficacy of capsaicin-induced thermal enhancement. These KM mice were first locally smeared with, subcutaneous or intraperitoneal injected of the same capsaicin solution, and then heated by near infrared laser. Preliminary experiments on the volunteer showed an effec-tive temperature increase in the skin area. Animal experi-ments indicated that distinct thermal enhancement in heat-ing effect, and that the thermal enhancement induced by intraperitoneal injection of capsaicin is more obvious than the other two ways. Thus capsaicin can be used as a poten-tial therapeutic adjuvant to locally enhance heating effects in target tissue during tumor hyperthermia.
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