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Gene therapy chronic pain

Huan Liu, Tianjiao Xia, Fangxia Xu, Zhengliang Ma, Xiaoping Gu
Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain state associated with multiple etiologies that results in considerable social and economic burden. The identification of key genes associated with neuropathic pain is important for the development of novel therapies. Therefore, the present study downloaded the gene expression profile GSE15041 from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. The unverified gene chip was removed and the microarray data was normalized following quality control. The limma package in R was used to screen the differentially expressed genes (DEGs), followed by Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway enrichment analysis...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Lucienne A Vonk, Sanne F J van Dooremalen, Nalan Liv, Judith Klumperman, Paul J Coffer, Daniël B F Saris, Magdalena J Lorenowicz
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a rheumatic disease leading to chronic pain and disability with no effective treatment available. Recently, allogeneic human mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSC) entered clinical trials as a novel therapy for OA. Increasing evidence suggests that therapeutic efficacy of MSC depends on paracrine signalling. Here we investigated the role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) secreted by human bone marrow derived MSC (BMMSC) in human OA cartilage repair. METHODS: To test the effect of BMMSC-EVs on OA cartilage inflammation, TNF-alpha-stimulated OA chondrocyte monolayer cultures were treated with BMMSC-EVs and pro-inflammatory gene expression was measured by qRT-PCR after 48 h...
2018: Theranostics
Shaman Rajindrajith, Judith Zeevenhooven, Niranga Manjuri Devanarayana, Bonaventure Jayasiri Crispus Perera, Marc A Benninga
Chronic abdominal pain is a common problem in pediatric practice. The majority of cases fulfill the Rome IV criteria for functional abdominal pain disorders (FAPDs). At times, these disorders may lead to rather serious repercussions. Area covered: We have attempted to cover current knowledge on epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk factors related to pathophysiology, clinical evaluation and management of children with FAPDs. Expert commentary: FAPDs are a worldwide problem with a pooled prevalence of 13.5%. There are a number of predisposing factors and pathophysiological mechanisms including stressful events, child maltreatment, visceral hypersensitivity, altered gastrointestinal motility and change in intestinal microbiota...
February 16, 2018: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Fernando J Martinez, MeiLan K Han, James P Allinson, R Graham Barr, Richard C Boucher, Peter Calverley, Bartolome R Celli, Stephanie A Christenson, Ronald G Crystal, Malin Fagerås, Christine M Freeman, Lars Groenke, Eric A Hoffman, Mehmet Kesimer, Konstantinos Kostikas, Robert Paine Iii, Shahin Rafii, Stephen I Rennard, Leopoldo N Segal, Renat Shaykhiev, Christopher Stevenson, Ruth Tal-Singer, Jørgen Vestbo, Prescott G Woodruff, Jeffrey L Curtis, Jadwiga A Wedzicha
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a heterogeneous disorder with varying presentations and progression, but limited disease-modifying therapies. Trajectories of lung function decline in COPD differ significantly between individuals, with differences detectable in young adulthood. "Early disease" (initial manifestations in young individuals) should be distinguished from "late mild disease" (disease of mild severity in older individuals potentially present for decades). For research purposes, we propose an operational definition of early COPD: ever-smokers (≥10 pack-years) younger than 50 years with any of these abnormalities: (1) FEV1/FVC< lower limit of normal; (2) compatible CT abnormalities (airway abnormality and/or emphysema); or (3) FEV1 decline (≥60 mL/year)...
February 6, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Mélanie Mercier-Darty, David Boutolleau, Raphaël Lepeule, Christophe Rodriguez, Sonia Burrel
We report the first application of ultra-deep sequencing (UDS) to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) genotypic antiviral testing in a case of acyclovir-resistant VZV infection initially detected by Sanger sequencing within a deeply immunocompromised heart transplant recipient. As added-value compared to Sanger analysis, UDS revealed complex dynamics of viral population under antiviral pressure. Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a ubiquitous human herpesvirus affecting populations worldwide. VZV is commonly acquired in youth whose primary infection usually manifests as benign varicella (chickenpox)...
January 12, 2018: Antiviral Research
Jessica L Ross, Luis F Queme, Jordan E Lamb, Kathryn J Green, Michael P Jankowski
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain conditions are more prevalent in women, but most preclinical studies into mechanisms of pain generation are performed using male animals. Furthermore, whereas group III and IV nociceptive muscle afferents provoke central sensitization more effectively than their cutaneous counterparts, less is known about this critical population of muscle nociceptors. Here, we compare the physiology of individual muscle afferents in uninjured males and females. We then characterize the molecular, physiological, and behavioral effects of transient ischemia and reperfusion injury (I/R), a model we have extensively studied in males and in females...
January 3, 2018: Biology of Sex Differences
Stanislava Jergova, Catherine E Gordon, Shyam Gajavelli, Jacqueline Sagen
The insufficient pain relief provided by current pharmacotherapy for chronic neuropathic pain is a serious medical problem. The enhanced glutamate signaling via NMDA receptors appears to be one of the key events in the development of chronic pain. Although effective, clinical use of systemic NMDA antagonists is limited by adverse effects such as hallucinations and motor dysfunction. Opioids are also potent analgesics but their chronic use is accompanied by tolerance and risk of addiction. However, combination of NMDA antagonists and opioids seems to provide a stable pain relieve at subthreshold doses of both substances, eliminating development of side effects...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Valentina Malafoglia, Monica Celi, Carolina Muscoli, Sara Ilari, Filomena Lauro, Luigino Antonio Giancotti, Chiara Morabito, Maurizio Feola, Umberto Tarantino, William Raffaeli
BACKGROUND: The incidence of post-surgical chronic pain ranges between 20% and 40% in Europe. Osteoarthritis pain after prosthesis implantation is one of the most severe secondary syndromes, depending not only on surgery but also on organic changes before and after joints replacement. No data are available about risk factors. An excessive inflammatory response plays a central role but a best therapy is not defined yet. It is not clear whether opioid administration could influence post-surgical pain and lead to tolerance or addiction...
December 19, 2017: Trials
Patricia Peking, Ulrich Koller, Eva M Murauer
Chronic wounding as a result of recurrent skin blistering in the painful genetic skin disease epidermolysis bullosa, may lead to life-threatening infections, increased risk of tumor formation, and other serious medical complications. Therefore, epidermolysis bullosa patients have an urgent need for optimal wound care and tissue regeneration. Therapeutic strategies using gene-, protein-, and cell-therapies are being developed to improve clinical symptoms, and some of them have already been investigated in early clinical trials...
December 14, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
Hui-Li Yang, Jie Mei, Kai-Kai Chang, Wen-Jie Zhou, Li-Qing Huang, Ming-Qing Li
Endometriosis (EMS) is a common gynecologic disease that causes chronic pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea, and infertility in women. The doctrine of menstruation back flow planting and defects in the immune system are well known and widely accepted. In recent years, increasing studies have been focused on the role of autophagy in EMS, and have shown that autophagy plays a vital role in EMS. Autophagy, which is known as the non-apoptotic form of programmed cell death induced by a large number of intracellular/extracellular stimuli, is the major cellular pathway for the degradation of long-lived proteins and cytoplasmic organelles in eukaryotic cells...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
Fady Hannah-Shmouni, Andreas G Moraitis, Vladimir Valera Romero, Fabio R Faucz, Spyridon A Mastroyannis, Annabel Berthon, Richard A Failor, Maria Merino, Andrew P Demidowich, Constantine A Stratakis
Primary bilateral macronodular adrenocortical hyperplasia (PBMAH) is an uncommon cause of adrenal Cushing syndrome (CS) in which cortisol and occasionally other steroid hormones can be secreted under the influence of aberrantly expressed G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) in the adrenal cortex. We describe the unique case of a 64-year-old postmenopausal female with PBMAH whose adrenal lesions expressed luteinizing hormone receptors (LHr). She presented initially with CS and underwent right adrenalectomy; a few years later she presented with macromastia and mastodynia, possibly due to estrogen excess from her remaining left adrenocortical masses...
February 2018: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Gunhyuk Park, Seung Hoon Lee, Ji-Ye Han, Dal-Seok Oh
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Aconitum carmichaelii (AC) is a common herbal medicine used as anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent in Eastern Asia. In Korea, a commercial processed AC (Aconibal®) is traditionally used to treat the symptoms of spondylosis deformans and rheumatic pain. AIM OF STUDY: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is systemic and autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation. Methotrexate (MTX) is often the first-line therapy for RA. If MTX monotherapy is ineffective or RA is initially severe, adding a tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) inhibitor to the treatment can be beneficial...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Samira Moghadam, Maryam Erfanmanesh, Abdolreza Esmaeilzadeh
An autoimmune demyelination disease of the Central Nervous System, Multiple Sclerosis, is a chronic inflammation which mostly involves young adults. Suffering people face functional loss with a severe pain. Most current MS treatments are focused on the immune response suppression. Approved drugs suppress the inflammatory process, but factually, there is no definite cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Recently developed knowledge has demonstrated that gene and cell therapy as a hopeful approach in tissue regeneration...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
Hirotsugu Kanda, Shue Liu, Megumi Kanao, Hyun Yi, Takafumi Iida, Wan Huang, Takayuki Kunisawa, David A Lubarsky, Shuanglin Hao
While effective antiretroviral treatment makes human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related death decreased dramatically, neuropathic pain becomes one of the most common complications in patients with HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The exact mechanisms of HIV-related neuropathic pain are not well understood yet, and no effective therapy is for HIV-pain. Evidence has shown that proinflammatory factors (e.g., tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα)) released from glia, are critical to contributing to chronic pain...
2017: Translational Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Arden G Vanderwall, Shahani Noor, Melody S Sun, Jacob E Sanchez, Xuexian O Yang, Lauren L Jantzie, Nikolaos Mellios, Erin D Milligan
Studies show that spinal (intrathecal; i.t.) interleukin-10 (IL-10) gene therapy reverses neuropathic pain in animal models, and co-administration with the mannose receptor (MR; CD206) ligand d-mannose (DM) greatly improves therapeutic efficacy. However, the actions of endogenous IL-10 may be required for enduring pain control observed following i.t. IL-10 gene therapy, potentially narrowing the application of this non-viral transgene delivery approach. Here, we show that i.t. application of naked plasmid DNA expressing the IL-10 transgene co-injected with DM (DM/pDNA-IL-10) for the treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain in IL-10 deficient (IL-10 KO) mice results in a profound and prolonged bilateral pain suppression...
November 4, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Juan Huang, Xiangrong Zheng, Dandan Guo, Guoyuan Zhang, Xia Wang, Chentao Liu
Gitelman syndrome is a rare disease. It is easy to be misdiagnosed and missed diagnosis due to the diverse clinical symptoms. A girl with long-term hypokalemia, who presented with intermittent pain of lower limb muscle and physical retardation, was treated in Xiangya Hospital, Central South University. Laboratory examination confirmed the severe hypokalemia and metabolic alkalosis. Gene sequencing indicated SLC12A3 gene mutation and the patient was finally diagnosed as Gitelman syndrome. Patients with chronic hypokalemia and metabolic alkalosis need to conduct gene sequencing to confirm the diagnosis...
October 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Charlotte L Kvasnovsky, Lex E X Leong, Jocelyn M Choo, Guy C J Abell, Savvas Papagrigoriadis, Kenneth D Bruce, Geraint B Rogers
BACKGROUND: There is growing consensus that symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, and that alterations in the fecal microbiota may contribute to its pathogenesis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to relate the fecal microbiota composition in symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease to measures of inflammation, symptoms, and history of previous acute diverticulitis. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Fecal microbiota composition in 28 individuals with symptomatic uncomplicated diverticular disease was characterized by 16S RNA gene amplicon sequencing...
January 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Cuijie Shao, Yong Gao, Dan Jin, Xin Xu, Shuying Tan, Hui Yu, Qingxiang Zhao, Li Zhao, Wansheng Wang, Deqiang Wang
BACKGROUND: Mu opioid receptor (MOR) plays a crucial role in mediating analgesic effects of opioids and is closely associated with the pathologies of neuropathic pain. Previous studies have reported that peripheral nerve injury downregulates MOR expression, but the epigenetic mechanisms remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: Therefore, we investigated DNA methyltransferase3a (DNMT3a) expression or methylation changes within MOR promoter in the spinal cord in a neuropathic pain induced by a chronic constriction injury (CCI) mouse model and further determined whether these injury-associated changes are reversible by pharmacological interventions...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
S Takai, T Majima, B Reinhart, W F Goins, Y Funahashi, M Gotoh, P Tyagi, J C Glorioso, N Yoshimura
Enhanced afferent excitability is considered to be an important pathophysiological basis of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS). In addition, transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 (TRPV1) receptors are known to be involved in afferent sensitization. Animals with hydrogen peroxide (HP)-induced cystitis have been used as a model exhibiting pathologic characteristics of chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. This study investigated the effect of gene therapy with replication-defective herpes simplex virus (HSV) vectors encoding poreless TRPV1 (PL) or protein phosphatase 1 α (PP1α), a negative regulator of TRPV1, using a HP-induced rat model of cystitis...
January 2018: Gene Therapy
Sriram Krishnamoorthy, Betty Pace, Dipti Gupta, Sarah Sturtevant, Biaoru Li, Levi Makala, Julia Brittain, Nancy Moore, Benjamin F Vieira, Timothy Thullen, Ivan Stone, Huo Li, William E Hobbs, David R Light
Sickle cell disease (SCD) results from a point mutation in the β-globin gene forming hemoglobin S (HbS), which polymerizes in deoxygenated erythrocytes, triggering recurrent painful vaso-occlusive crises and chronic hemolytic anemia. Reactivation of fetal Hb (HbF) expression ameliorates these symptoms of SCD. Nuclear factor (erythroid derived-2)-like 2 (Nrf2) is a transcription factor that triggers cytoprotective and antioxidant pathways to limit oxidative damage and inflammation and increases HbF synthesis in CD34+ stem cell-derived erythroid progenitors...
October 19, 2017: JCI Insight
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