OBJECTIVES: To study the possible anti-inflammatory effect of TAKUNA, measured by auricular edemas in laboratory mice.
BACKGROUND: The auricular edema is achieved by applying 12-0- Tetradecanoil Forbol-13 Acetate (TPA), one of the components responsible for the irritating action of croton oil, into the auditory pavilion of the mouse. The inflammatory reaction consists of erythema , edema and infiltration by polymorphonuclear leukocytes. As such, eicosanoid -type mediators are freed, inducing degranulation of the mast cell. This technique thus allows the evaluation of the inhibiting substances of the biosynthesis of prostaglandins and leukotrienes.