Clonal differences in IgE antibodies affect cutaneous anaphylaxis-associated thermal sensitivity in mice

Immunol Lett. 2014 Nov;162(1 Pt A):149-58. doi: 10.1016/j.imlet.2014.08.007. Epub 2014 Aug 19.


Cellular and molecular mediators of immune responses are increasingly implicated in acute and chronic pain pathophysiologies. Here we demonstrate that passive cutaneous IgE/Ag anaphylaxis provokes increased thermal sensitivity in the hind paw tissue of mice. The murine anti-DNP IgE antibodies SPE-7 and ɛ26 are known to induce differential cytokine production in bone marrow cultured mast cells in vitro without antigen challenge. We found a novel, antigen-dependent heterogeneity in the thermal pain responses elicited in the hind paws between SPE-7 and ɛ26 sensitized DNP-challenged mice. Mice experienced pronounced hind paw thermal sensitivity lasting 6h after DNP challenge when sensitized with SPE-7 but not ɛ26 IgE. The two IgE clones induced equivalent hind paw edema, neutrophil influx, cytokine production, and reduction in tissue histamine content in vivo, and bound to the same or overlapping epitopes on the DNP antigen in vitro. Therefore IgE antibodies against the same antigen can induce comparable inflammation, yet contribute to markedly different anaphylaxis-associated pain within an allergic response, suggesting that non-canonical IgE binding partners such as sensory neurons may play a role in allergy-related pain responses.

Keywords: Cytokinergic IgE; Passive cutaneous anaphylaxis; Thermal pain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Allergens / adverse effects
  • Allergens / immunology*
  • Animals
  • Antigens / adverse effects
  • Antigens / immunology*
  • Cytokines / biosynthesis
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Epitopes / immunology
  • Epitopes / metabolism
  • Histamine Release / immunology
  • Hot Temperature*
  • Hyperesthesia / etiology*
  • Immunoglobulin E / adverse effects
  • Immunoglobulin E / immunology*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Neutrophil Infiltration / immunology
  • Passive Cutaneous Anaphylaxis / genetics
  • Passive Cutaneous Anaphylaxis / immunology*
  • Protein Binding / immunology
  • Time Factors


  • Allergens
  • Antigens
  • Cytokines
  • Epitopes
  • Immunoglobulin E