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Floriana Fruscione, Pierluigi Valente, Bruno Sterlini, Alessandra Romei, Simona Baldassari, Manuela Fadda, Cosimo Prestigio, Giorgia Giansante, Jacopo Sartorelli, Pia Rossi, Alicia Rubio, Antonio Gambardella, Thierry Nieus, Vania Broccoli, Anna Fassio, Pietro Baldelli, Anna Corradi, Federico Zara, Fabio Benfenati
Proline-rich transmembrane protein 2 (PRRT2) is the causative gene for a heterogeneous group of familial paroxysmal neurological disorders that include seizures with onset in the first year of life (benign familial infantile seizures), paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia or a combination of both. Most of the PRRT2 mutations are loss-of-function leading to haploinsufficiency and 80% of the patients carry the same frameshift mutation (c.649dupC; p.Arg217Profs*8), which leads to a premature stop codon. To model the disease and dissect the physiological role of PRRT2, we studied the phenotype of neurons differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells from previously described heterozygous and homozygous siblings carrying the c...
March 15, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Brianna Marie Lutz, Shaogen Wu, Xiyao Gu, Fidelis E Atianjoh, Zhen Li, Brandon M Fox, David M Pollock, Yuan-Xiang Tao
Sickle cell disease is associated with acute painful episodes and chronic intractable pain. Endothelin-1, a known pain inducer, is elevated in the blood plasma of both sickle cell patients and mouse models of sickle cell disease. We show here that the levels of endothelin-1 and its endothelin type A receptor are increased in the dorsal root ganglia of a mouse model of sickle cell disease. Pharmacologic inhibition or neuron-specific knockdown of endothelin type A receptors in primary sensory neurons of dorsal root ganglion alleviated basal and post-hypoxia evoked pain hypersensitivities in sickle cell mice...
March 15, 2018: Haematologica
Nirupa D Jayaraj, Bula J Bhattacharyya, Abdelhak A Belmadani, Dongjun Ren, Craig A Rathwell, Sandra Hackelberg, Brittany E Hopkins, Herschel R Gupta, Richard J Miller, Daniela M Menichella
Painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) is an intractable complication of diabetes that affects 25% of patients. PDN is characterized by neuropathic pain and small-fiber degeneration, accompanied by dorsal root ganglion (DRG) nociceptor hyperexcitability and loss of their axons within the skin. The molecular mechanisms underlying DRG nociceptor hyperexcitability and small-fiber degeneration in PDN are unknown. We hypothesize that chemokine CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling is central to this mechanism, as we have shown that CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling is necessary for the development of mechanical allodynia, a pain hypersensitivity behavior common in PDN...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
L Han, Q B Dong, Y C Wei, A C Zheng, J X Li, K Hong, Y Q Wu, X S Cheng
Objective: To investigate the effect and related mechanism of homocysteine (Hcy) on calcium overload in neonatal rat atrial cells (NRICs). Methods: NRICs were assigned to 9 groups after culture for 3 days: (1) control group; (2) Hcy group (0, 50, 100, 200, 500 μmol/L for 48 hours); (3) antioxidant group (NAC, 10 μmol/L for 24 hours); (4) Hcy+NAC group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 10 μmol/L NAC for 24 hours); (5) calcium/calmodulin dependent protein kinase Ⅱδ (CaMKⅡδ) inhibitor group (KN-93, 3 μmol/L KN-93 for 5 hours); (6) specific sodium current inhibitor group (ELE, 1 μmol/L ELE for 5 hours); (7) Hcy+KN-93 group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 3 μmol/L KN-93 for 5 hours); (8) Hcy+ELE group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 1 μmol/L ELE for 5 hours; (9) Hcy+KN-93+ELE group (500 μmol/L Hcy for 48 hours, then treated with 3 μmol/L KN-93 and 1 μmol/L ELE for 5 hours)...
February 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Vaskar Das, Ranjan Kc, Xin Li, Disha Varma, Sujun Qiu, Jeffrey S Kroin, Christopher B Forsyth, Ali Keshavarzian, Andre J van Wijnen, Thomas J Park, Gary S Stein, Insug O-Sullivan, Thomas P Burris, Hee-Jeong Im
Environmental disruption of the circadian rhythm is linked with increased pain due to osteoarthritis (OA). We aimed to characterize the role of the clock gene in OA-induced pain more systemically using both genetic and pharmacological approaches. Genetically modified mice, (bmal1f/fNav1.8CreERT mice), generated by deleting the critical clock gene, bmal1, from Nav1.8 sensory neurons, were resistant to the development of mechanical hyperalgesia associated with OA induced by partial medial meniscectomy (PMM) of the knee...
February 20, 2018: Gene
César Mattei
Tetrodotoxin (TTX), the mode of action of which has been known since the 1960s, is widely used in pharmacology as a specific inhibitor of voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav channels). This toxin has contributed to the characterization of the allosteric model of the Nav channel, and to discriminating TTX-sensitive and TTX-resistant subtypes. In addition to its role as a pharmacological tool, TTX is now considered a therapeutic molecule, and its development should lead to its use in certain pathologies involving Nav channels, particularly in the field of pain...
February 22, 2018: Marine Drugs
M Kollarik, H Sun, R A Herbstsomer, F Ru, M Kocmalova, S N Meeker, B J Undem
The action potential (AP) initiation in the nerve terminals and AP conduction along the axons do not necessarily depend on the same subtypes of Na V 1s. We evaluated the role of tetrodotoxin(TTX)-sensitive and TTX-resistant Na V 1s in vagal afferent nociceptor nerves derived from jugular and nodose ganglia innervating the respiratory system. Single cell RT-PCR was performed on vagal afferent neurons retrogradely labelled from the guinea pig trachea. Virtually all the jugular neurons expressed the TTX-sensitive channel Na V 1...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Guangwei Zhu, Shengjun Ma, Xiwen Li, Peng Zhang, Lin Tang, Lijuan Cao, Aoxue Liu, Toru Sugita, Takehisa Tomoda
To investigate the inhibitory effect of Glycyrrhiza uralensis (G. uralensis) and its monomeric compounds on Nav1.4 voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) and analyze the relationship between the content of its marker compounds and the inhibitory rate. Based on this study, we found that 4 mg/ml ethanol extract of G. uralensis at 30%, 50%, 70% and 90% (v/v) exhibited 77.00 ± 0.03%, 34.75 ± 0.09%, 100.00 ± 0.01% and 2.00 ± 0.01% inhibitory rates on INav1.4 respectively, and 8 mg/ml ethanol extract of G...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Pooja Singhmar, XiaoJiao Huo, Yan Li, Patrick M Dougherty, Fang Mei, Xiaodong Cheng, Cobi J Heijnen, Annemieke Kavelaars
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a major side-effect of cancer treatment that significantly compromises quality of life of cancer patients and survivors. Identification of targets for pharmacological intervention to prevent or reverse CIPN is needed. We investigated Exchange protein regulated by cAMP (Epac) as a potential target. Epacs are cAMP-binding proteins known to play a pivotal role in mechanical allodynia induced by nerve injury and inflammation. We demonstrate that global Epac1-knockout (Epac1-/-) male and female mice are protected against paclitaxel-induced mechanical allodynia...
January 23, 2018: Pain
Liang-Ta Yen, Yu-Chan Hsu, Jaung-Geng Lin, Ching-Liang Hsieh, Yi-Wen Lin
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms underlying fibromyalgia (FM) pain are not understood. The US Food and Drug Administration has recommended three drugs for treating FM-namely, pregabalin, duloxetine and milnacipran; however, these medications are associated with severe side effects. OBJECTIVE: To create a mouse model of FM pain using dual injections of acidic saline to cause mechanical hyperalgesia and test whether ASIC3, Nav1.7 and Nav1.8 are involved in this process and whether electroacupuncture (EA) can reverse these phenomena...
January 17, 2018: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Peter Franz Klein-Weigel, Theresa Sophie Volz, Jutta Gisela Richter
Erythromelalgia is a rare syndrome characterized by the intermittent or, less commonly, by the permanent occurrence of extremely painful hyperperfused skin areas mainly located in the distal extremities. Primary erythromelalgia is nowadays considered to be a genetically determined neuropathic disorder affecting SCN9A, SCN10A, and SCN11A coding for NaV1.7, NaV1.8, and NaV1.9 neuronal sodium channels. Secondary forms might be associated with myeloproliferative disorders, connective tissue disease, cancer, infections, and poisoning...
January 4, 2018: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
Charlotte Rostock, Katrin Schrenk-Siemens, Jörg Pohle, Jan Siemens
The somatosensory system allows us to detect a diverse range of physical and chemical stimuli including noxious ones, which can initiate protective reflexes to prevent tissue damage. However, the sensation of pain can - under pathological circumstances - outlive its usefulness and perpetrate ongoing suffering. Rodent model systems have been tremendously useful to help understand basic mechanisms of pain perception. Unfortunately, the translation of this knowledge into novel therapies has been challenging. We have investigated similarities and differences of human and mouse peptidergic (TRKA expressing) nociceptors using dual-color fluorescence in situ hybridization of dorsal root ganglia...
December 8, 2017: Neuroscience
Tal Hoffmann, Ohad Sharon, Jürgen Wittmann, Richard W Carr, Alina Vyshnevska, Roberto De Col, Mohammed A Nassar, Peter W Reeh, Christian Weidner
The sodium channel NaV1.7 contributes to action potential (AP) generation and propagation. Loss-of-function mutations in patients lead to congenital indifference to pain, though it remains unclear where on the way from sensory terminals to central nervous system the signalling is disrupted. We confirm that conditional deletion of NaV1.7 in advillin-expressing sensory neurons leads to impaired heat and mechanical nociception in behavioural tests. With single-fiber recordings from isolated skin, we found (1) a significantly lower prevalence of heat responsiveness to normally mechanosensitive C-fibers, although (2) the rare heat responses seemed quite vigorous, and (3) heat-induced calcitonin gene-related peptide release was normal...
March 2018: Pain
Ying Wu, Hui Ma, Fan Zhang, Chunlei Zhang, Xiaohan Zou, Zhengyu Cao
Voltage-gated sodium channels (Navs) play critical roles in action potential generation and propagation. Nav channelopathy as well as pathological sensitization contribute to allodynia and hyperalgesia. Recent evidence has demonstrated the significant roles of Nav subtypes (Nav1.3, 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9) in nociceptive transduction, and therefore these Navs may represent attractive targets for analgesic drug discovery. Animal toxins are structurally diverse peptides that are highly potent yet selective on ion channel subtypes and therefore represent valuable probes to elucidate the structures, gating properties, and cellular functions of ion channels...
February 21, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Yong-Yan Cai, Chen Li, Zhi-Xin Yan, Na Ma, Fang-Fang Li
The aim of the present study was to identify whether the sodium voltage-gated channel alpha subunit 9 (SCN9A) gene modification is a potential treatment for diarrhea‑predominant irritable bowel syndrome (D‑IBS), via regulating the Na+ channel and the expression of nerve growth factor (NGF). The recombinant adenovirus vector of the SCN9A gene was established, and rat colon cells were isolated for SCN9A gene modification. All subjects were divided into four groups: i) The SCN9A‑modified (D‑IBS rat model implanted with SCN9A‑modified colon cells), ii) negative control (NC; D‑IBS rat model implanted with colon cells without SCN9A gene modification), iii) blank (D‑IBS rat model without any treatment) and iv) normal (normal rats without any treatment)...
January 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Mateusz Kurzawski, Marcin Rut, Violetta Dziedziejko, Krzysztof Safranow, Anna Machoy-Mokrzynska, Marek Drozdzik, Monika Bialecka
Objective: Lumbar intervertebral disk herniation (LDH) is considered one of the major risk factors for lower back pain, mainly caused by irritation of a spinal nerve or its root. One of the genes related to pain perception is SCN9A, which encodes the voltage gated sodium channel NaV1.7, a key molecule involved in peripheral pain processing. It had been presented before that a common polymorphism within SCN9A (rs6746030: G > A, R1150W) might influence nociception in the general population...
November 2, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Tianhong Zhu, Shaojie Ding, Tiantian Li, Libo Zhu, Xiufeng Huang, Xinmei Zhang
Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent disease. Previous research has shown that abnormal enzymes associated with estrogen (E2) metabolism and an increased number of mast cells (MCs) in endometriomas are implicated in pathogenesis of endometriosis. However, it remains unclear how MCs mediate the role of E2 in endometriosis. Accordingly, we investigated whether E2 was associated with the number of MCs, and the rate of degranulation, in local ovarian endometriomas, as well as the role of E2 on MCs during the pathogenesis of endometriosis...
October 26, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Swalpa Udit, Michael Burton, Joseph M Rutkowski, Syann Lee, Angie L Bookout, Philipp E Scherer, Joel K Elmquist, Laurent Gautron
OBJECTIVE AND METHODS: Metabolic viscera and their vasculature are richly innervated by peripheral sensory neurons. Here, we examined the metabolic and inflammatory profiles of mice with selective ablation of all Nav1.8-expressing primary afferent neurons. RESULTS: While mice lacking sensory neurons displayed no differences in body weight, food intake, energy expenditure, or body composition compared to controls on chow diet, ablated mice developed an exaggerated inflammatory response to high-fat feeding characterized by bouts of weight loss, splenomegaly, elevated circulating interleukin-6 and hepatic serum amyloid A expression...
October 2017: Molecular Metabolism
Elisa Harms, Carsten Stoetzer, Thomas Stueber, Andrias O O'Reilly, Andreas Leffler
Proton-evoked activation of sensory neurons is counteracted by inhibition of voltage-gated Na(+) channels, and the low acid-sensitivity of sensory neuron of the African naked mole-rat (ANMr) was reported to be due to a strong proton-evoked block of ANMrNav1.7. Here we aimed to reevaluate the role of the suggested negatively-charged motif in the ANMrNav1.7 domain IV P-loop for inhibition by protons. Patch clamp recordings were performed on the recombinant α-subunits Nav1.2-1.8. The insertion of the negatively charged motif (EKE) of ANMrNav1...
November 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
Yijia Xu, Xiangxue Meng, Xue Hou, Jianfang Sun, Xiaohua Kong, Yuqi Sun, Zeyu Liu, Yuanyuan Ma, Ye Niu, Yongbo Song, Yong Cui, Mingyi Zhao, Jinghai Zhang
Scorpion toxins can kill other animals by inducing paralysis and arrhythmia, which limits the potential applications of these agents in the clinical management of diseases. Antitumor-analgesic peptide (AGAP), purified from Buthus martensii Karsch, has been proved to possess analgesic and antitumor activities. Trp38 , a conserved aromatic residue of AGAP, might play an important role in mediating AGAP activities according to the sequence and homology-modeling analyses. Therefore, an AGAP mutant, W38G, was generated, and effects of both AGAP and the mutant W38G were examined by whole-cell patch clamp techniques on the sodium channels hNav 1...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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