FOOD SCIENCE ›› 2010, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (21 ): 1-9.doi: 10.7506/spkx1002-6630-201021001

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Wireless Communication Networks between Food and Human Body

PANG Guang-chang,CHEN Qing-sen,HU Zhi-he,XIE Jun-bo   

  1. Tianjin Key Laboratory of Food Biotechnology, College of Biotechnology and Food Science, Tianjin University of Commerce,
    Tianjin 300134, China
  • Received:2010-09-26 Online:2010-11-15 Published:2010-12-29
  • Contact: PANG Guang-chang


A new hypothesis of cellular wireless communication networks was proposed on the basis of current research achievements in the field of immunology, which were summarized from gastrointestinal mucous receptor pathways of foods. In this hypothesis, cytokine network was a signal transduction system during cell communications. The cells especially for leukocytes can communicate with each other in networks by a manner of paracrine or autocrine. In addition, the cells can also execute long-distance whole communication through the autocrine mode. A coordinated communication network between wireless and wire communications was established through cellular communication between gastrointestinal mucous and neuroendocrine system. In this communication network, cells accepted gene expression and quantitative regulation of cellular signal amplification through receptors, signal transduction and cascade system. However, the cytokine and chemokine can accomplish the signal transduction through circulatory system among cells without mutual interference even at the condition of lowconcentration. Functional foods can change the complex communication networks to realize their biological functions. Therefore, the establishment of this theory and research method will have the potential to alter functional foods.

Key words: cell communication, cytokine network, chemokine, wireless communication network, functional food

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