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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734788/neuropathic-pain-in-experimental-autoimmune-neuritis-is-associated-with-altered-electrophysiological-properties-of-nociceptive-drg-neurons
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Omneya Taha, Thoralf Opitz, Marcus Mueller, Julika Pitsch, Albert Becker, Bernd Oliver Evert, Heinz Beck, Monika Jeub
Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an acute, immune-mediated polyradiculoneuropathy characterized by rapidly progressive paresis and sensory disturbances. Moderate to severe and often intractable neuropathic pain is a common symptom of GBS, but its underlying mechanisms are unknown. Pathology of GBS is classically attributed to demyelination of large, myelinated peripheral fibers. However, there is increasing evidence that neuropathic pain in GBS is associated with impaired function of small, unmyelinated, nociceptive fibers...
July 19, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731567/integration-of-white-matter-network-is-associated-with-interindividual-differences-in-psychologically-mediated-placebo-response-in-migraine-patients
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Jixin Liu, Shaohui Ma, Junya Mu, Tao Chen, Qing Xu, Wanghuan Dun, Jie Tian, Ming Zhang
Individual differences of brain changes of neural communication and integration in the modular architecture of the human brain network exist for the repeated migraine attack and physical or psychological stressors. However, whether the interindividual variability in the migraine brain connectome predicts placebo response to placebo treatment is still unclear. Using DTI and graph theory approaches, we systematically investigated the topological organization of white matter networks in 71 patients with migraine without aura (MO) and 50 matched healthy controls at three levels: global network measure, nodal efficiency, and nodal intramodule/intermodule efficiency...
July 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730896/cannabinoid-hyperemesis-syndrome-potential-mechanisms-for-the-benefit-of-capsaicin-and-hot-water-hydrotherapy-in-treatment
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John R Richards, Jeff M Lapoint, Guillermo Burillo-Putze
INTRODUCTION: Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a clinical disorder that has become more prevalent with increasing use of cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids, and which is difficult to treat. Standard antiemetics commonly fail to alleviate the severe nausea and vomiting characteristic of the syndrome. Curiously, cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome patients often report dramatic relief of symptoms with hot showers and baths, and topical capsaicin. OBJECTIVES: In this review, we detail the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of capsaicin and explore possible mechanisms for its beneficial effect, including activation of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 and neurohumoral regulation...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730894/low-5-ht1b-receptor-binding-in-the-migraine-brain-a-pet-study
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Marie Deen, Hanne D Hansen, Anders Hougaard, Sofi da Cunha-Bang, Martin Nørgaard, Claus Svarer, Sune H Keller, Carsten Thomsen, Messoud Ashina, Gitte M Knudsen
Background The pathophysiology of migraine may involve dysfunction of serotonergic signaling. In particular, the 5-HT1B receptor is considered a key player due to the efficacy of 5-HT1B receptor agonists for treatment of migraine attacks. Aim To examine the cerebral 5-HT1B receptor binding in interictal migraine patients without aura compared to controls. Methods Eighteen migraine patients, who had been migraine free for >48 hours, and 16 controls were scanned after injection of the 5-HT1B receptor specific radioligand [(11)C]AZ10419369 for quantification of cerebral 5-HT1B receptor binding...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729180/symptom-and-quality-of-life-improvement-in-lux-lung-8-an-open-label-phase-iii-study-of-second-line-afatinib-versus-erlotinib-in-patients-with-advanced-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-lung-after-first-line-platinum-based-chemotherapy
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Enriqueta Felip, Vera Hirsh, Sanjay Popat, Manuel Cobo, Andrea Fülöp, Charles Dayen, José M Trigo, Richard Gregg, Cornelius F Waller, Jean-Charles Soria, Glenwood D Goss, James Gordon, Bushi Wang, Michael Palmer, Eva Ehrnrooth, Shirish M Gadgeel
INTRODUCTION: In the phase III LUX-Lung 8 trial, afatinib significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) versus erlotinib in patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung progressing during or after platinum-based chemotherapy. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (QoL) in these patients are presented. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients (n = 795) were randomized 1:1 to oral afatinib (40 mg/d) or erlotinib (150 mg/d)...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729062/pharmacological-activation-of-ampk-inhibits-incision-evoked-mechanical-hypersensitivity-and-the-development-of-hyperalgesic-priming-in-mice
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Michael D Burton, Dipti V Tillu, Khadijah Mazhar, Galo L Mejia, Marina N Asiedu, Kufreobong Inyang, Travis Hughes, Bo Lian, Gregory Dussor, Theodore J Price
New therapeutics to manage post-surgical pain are needed to mitigate the liabilities of opioid and other analgesics. Our previous work shows that key modulators of excitability in peripheral nociceptors, such as extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) are inhibited by activation of adenosine monophosphate activated protein kinase (AMPK). We hypothesized that AMPK activation would attenuate acute incision-evoked mechanical hypersensitivity and the development of hyperalgesic priming caused by surgery in mice...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728816/in-touch-with-the-mechanosensitive-piezo-channels-structure-ion-permeation-and-mechanotransduction
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J Geng, Q Zhao, T Zhang, B Xiao
Mechanotransduction, the conversion of mechanical forces into biological signals, plays critical roles in various physiological and pathophysiological processes in mammals, such as conscious sensing of touch, pain, and sound, as well as unconscious sensing of blood flow-associated shear stress, urine flow, and bladder distention. Among the various molecules involved in mechanotransduction, mechanosensitive (MS) cation channels have long been postulated to represent one critical class of mechanotransducers that directly and rapidly converts mechanical force into electrochemical signals...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727701/randomized-placebo-controlled-placebo-trial-to-determine-the-placebo-effect-size
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Ludger Gerdesmeyer, Tim Klueter, Volker W Rahlfs, Munjed Al Muderis, Amol Saxena, Hans Gollwitzer, Norbert Harrasser, Martin Stukenberg, Alexander Prehn-Kristensen
BACKGROUND: It is the gold standard to use a placebo treatment as the control group in prospective randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Although placebo-controlled trials can reveal an effect of an active treatment, the pure effect of a placebo treatment alone has never been presented or evaluated. No evidence-based, placebo-therapeutic options are currently available, and no placebo-controlled trials have been performed to elucidate the pure placebo effect. OBJECTIVES: To analyze the pure placebo effect on clinical, chronic pain through a blinded RCT...
July 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727277/high-dose-palliative-radiotherapy-for-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
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Farshad Foroudi, Jennifer G Smith, Faye Putt, Morikatsu Wada
INTRODUCTION: High-dose radiotherapy to the hemithorax for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma is a controversial treatment. Between 2003 and 2013 our institution had a policy of giving hemithoracic radiotherapy to at least 45 Gy. This retrospective study reports survival, progression and toxicity associated with this policy. METHODS: Seventy-one patients with pleural mesothelioma were irradiated with doses of 45-60 Gy. Conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) to the lower hemithorax was used for 17 and intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) to the whole hemithorax for 54 patients...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726577/will-optogenetics-be-used-to-treat-chronic-pain-patients
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Hélène Beaudry, Ihab Daou, Alfredo Ribeiro-da-Silva, Philippe Séguéla
Chronic pain affects a third of the population and current treatments produce limited relief and severe side effects. An alternative strategy to decrease pain would be to directly modulate somatosensory pathways using optogenetics. Optogenetics involves the use of genetically encoded and optically active proteins, namely opsins, to control neuronal circuits. In preclinical animal models, optical silencing of peripheral nociceptors has been shown to alleviate both inflammatory and neuropathic pain. An opsin-based gene therapy to treat chronic pain patients is not ready yet, but encouraging advances have been made in optical and viral technology...
July 20, 2017: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725185/reticular-formation-and-pain-the-past-and-the-future
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Isabel Martins, Isaura Tavares
The involvement of the reticular formation (RF) in the transmission and modulation of nociceptive information has been extensively studied. The brainstem RF contains several areas which are targeted by spinal cord afferents conveying nociceptive input. The arrival of nociceptive input to the RF may trigger alert reactions which generate a protective/defense reaction to pain. RF neurons located at the medulla oblongata and targeted by ascending nociceptive information are also involved in the control of vital functions that can be affected by pain, namely cardiovascular control...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724985/increased-neural-noise-and-impaired-brain-synchronization-in-fibromyalgia-patients-during-cognitive-interference
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A J González-Villar, N Samartin-Veiga, M Arias, M T Carrillo-de-la-Peña
Fibromyalgia (FM) and other chronic pain syndromes are associated with cognitive dysfunction and attentional deficits, but the neural basis of such alterations is poorly understood. Dyscognition may be related to high levels of neural noise, understood as increased random electrical fluctuations that impair neural communication; however, this hypothesis has not yet been tested in any chronic pain condition. Here we compared electroencephalographic activity (EEG) in 18 FM patients -with high self-reported levels of cognitive dysfunction- and 22 controls during a cognitive control task...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724917/endocannabinoids-have-opposing-effects-on-behavioral-responses-to-nociceptive-and-non-nociceptive-stimuli
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Torrie Summers, Brandon Hanten, Warren Peterson, Brian Burrell
The endocannabinoid system is thought to modulate nociceptive signaling making it a potential therapeutic target for treating pain. However, there is evidence that endocannabinoids have both pro- and anti-nociceptive effects. In previous studies using Hirudo verbana (the medicinal leech), endocannabinoids were found to depress nociceptive synapses, but enhance non-nociceptive synapses. Here we examined whether endocannabinoids have similar bidirectional effects on behavioral responses to nociceptive vs. non-nociceptive stimuli in vivo...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723961/dysfunctional-gpr40-ffar1-signaling-exacerbates-pain-behavior-in-mice
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Kazuo Nakamoto, Fuka Aizawa, Kei Miyagi, Takuya Yamashita, Mitsumasa Mankura, Yutaka Koyama, Fumiyo Kasuya, Akira Hirasawa, Takashi Kurihara, Atsuro Miyata, Shogo Tokuyama
We previously showed that activation of G protein-coupled receptor 40/free fatty acid receptor 1 (GPR40/FFAR1) signaling modulates descending inhibition of pain. In this study, we investigated the involvement of fatty acid-GPR40/FFAR1 signaling in the transition from acute to chronic pain. We used GPR40/FFAR1-knockout (GPR40KO) mice and wild-type (WT) mice. A plantar incision was performed, and mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia were evaluated with a von Frey filament test and plantar test, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722815/influence-of-morphine-and-naloxone-on-pain-modulation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-fibromyalgia-and-controls-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-cross-over-study
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Linda Hermans, Jo Nijs, Patrick Calders, Luc De Clerck, Greta Moorkens, Guy Hans, Sofie Grosemans, Tine Roman De Mettelinge, Joanna Tuynman, Mira Meeus
BACKGROUND: Impaired pain inhibitory and enhanced pain facilitatory mechanisms are repeatedly reported in patients with central sensitization pain. However, the exact effects of frequently prescribed opioids on central pain modulation are still unknown. METHODS: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled cross-over trial was carried out. Ten CFS/FM patients, 11 RA patients and 20 controls were randomly allocated to the experimental (10 mg morphine or 0.2 mg/ml Naloxone) and placebo (2 ml Aqua) group...
July 19, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722281/collagen-organization-regulates-stretch-initiated-pain-related-neuronal-signals-in-vitro-implications-for-structure-function-relationships-in-innervated-ligaments
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Sijia Zhang, Sagar Singh, Beth A Winkelstein
Injury to the spinal facet capsule, an innervated ligament with heterogeneous collagen organization, produces pain. Although mechanical facet joint trauma activates embedded afferents, it is unclear if, and how, the varied extracellular microstructure of its ligament affects sensory transduction for pain from mechanical inputs. To investigate the effects of macroscopic deformations on afferents in collagen matrices with different organizations, an in vitro neuron-collagen construct (NCC) model was used. NCCs with either randomly organized or parallel aligned collagen fibers were used to mimic the varied microstructure in the facet capsular ligament...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722022/opioid-release-after-high-intensity-interval-training-in-healthy-human-subjects
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Tiina Saanijoki, Lauri Tuominen, Jetro J Tuulari, Lauri Nummenmaa, Eveliina Arponen, Kari Kalliokoski, Jussi Hirvonen
Central opioidergic mechanisms may modulate the positive effects of physical exercise such as mood elevation and stress reduction. How exercise intensity and concomitant affective changes affect central opioidergic responses is unknown. We studied the effects of acute physical exercise on the cerebral μ-opioid receptors (MOR) of 22 healthy recreationally active males using positron emission tomography (PET) and the MOR-selective radioligand [(11)C]carfentanil. MOR binding was measured in three conditions on separate days: after a 60-min aerobic moderate-intensity exercise session, after a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) session, and after rest...
July 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720702/identification-of-a-vesicular-atp-release-inhibitor-for-the-treatment-of-neuropathic-and-inflammatory-pain
#18
Yuri Kato, Miki Hiasa, Reiko Ichikawa, Nao Hasuzawa, Atsushi Kadowaki, Ken Iwatsuki, Kazuhiro Shima, Yasuo Endo, Yoshiro Kitahara, Tsuyoshi Inoue, Masatoshi Nomura, Hiroshi Omote, Yoshinori Moriyama, Takaaki Miyaji
Despite the high incidence of neuropathic and inflammatory pain worldwide, effective drugs with few side effects are currently unavailable for the treatment of chronic pain. Recently, researchers have proposed that inhibitors of purinergic chemical transmission, which plays a key role in the pathological pain response, may allow for targeted treatment of pathological neuropathic and inflammatory pain. However, such therapeutic analgesic agents have yet to be developed. In the present study, we demonstrated that clodronate, a first-generation bisphosphonate with comparatively fewer side effects than traditional treatments, significantly attenuates neuropathic and inflammatory pain unrelated to bone abnormalities via inhibition of vesicular nucleotide transporter (VNUT), a key molecule for the initiation of purinergic chemical transmission...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719605/extracellular-phosphorylation-of-a-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-controls-synaptic-localization-of-nmda-receptors-and-regulates-pathological-pain
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Kenji Hanamura, Halley R Washburn, Sean I Sheffler-Collins, Nan L Xia, Nathan Henderson, Dipti V Tillu, Shayne Hassler, Daniel S Spellman, Guoan Zhang, Thomas A Neubert, Theodore J Price, Matthew B Dalva
Extracellular phosphorylation of proteins was suggested in the late 1800s when it was demonstrated that casein contains phosphate. More recently, extracellular kinases that phosphorylate extracellular serine, threonine, and tyrosine residues of numerous proteins have been identified. However, the functional significance of extracellular phosphorylation of specific residues in the nervous system is poorly understood. Here we show that synaptic accumulation of GluN2B-containing N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) and pathological pain are controlled by ephrin-B-induced extracellular phosphorylation of a single tyrosine (p*Y504) in a highly conserved region of the fibronectin type III (FN3) domain of the receptor tyrosine kinase EphB2...
July 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719422/polarity-independent-effects-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-over-the-bilateral-opercular-somatosensory-region-a-magnetoencephalography-study
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Kei Nakagawa, Soichiro Koyama, Koji Inui, Satoshi Tanaka, Ryusuke Kakigi, Norihiro Sadato
The opercular somatosensory region (OP) plays an indispensable role in pain perception. In the present study, we investigated the neurophysiological effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the OP. Somatosensory-evoked magnetic fields following noxious intraepidermal electrical stimulation to the left index finger (pain-SEFs) were recorded before and after tDCS with a single-blind, sham-controlled, cross-over trial design. Three tDCS conditions of left anodal/right cathodal tDCS, left cathodal/right anodal tDCS (each, 2 mA, 12 min), and sham tDCS (2 mA, 15 s) were applied...
July 17, 2017: Neuroreport
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