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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339085/wnt5a-mediates-chronic-post-thoracotomy-pain-by-regulating-non-canonical-pathways-nerve-regeneration-and-inflammation-in-rats
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Afang Zhu, Le Shen, Li Xu, Weiyun Chen, Yuguang Huang
As well-characterized ligands involved in neurogenesis, Wnts are emerging as promising targets in pain pathogenesis. Our previous pilot study showed that intrathecal inhibition of Wnt5a, but not Wnts, relieves chronic post-thoracotomy pain (CPTP) in rats. In the present study, we aimed to further explore the regulatory mechanism of Wnt5a in CPTP development. Increased protein levels of Wnt5a, transmembrane receptor Ror2, and activated non-canonical Wnt pathway members were found in the thoracic dorsal root ganglions from postoperative day (POD) 7 to POD 21...
January 12, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327205/nociceptive-roles-of-trpm2-ion-channel-in-pathologic-pain
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REVIEW
Yongwoo Jang, Pyung Sun Cho, Young Duk Yang, Sun Wook Hwang
Pain is a protective mechanism that enables us to avoid potentially harmful environments. However, when pathologically persisted and aggravated under severely injured or inflamed conditions, pain often reduces the quality of life and thus is considered as a disease to eliminate. Inflammatory and/or neuropathic mechanisms may exaggerate interactions between damaged tissues and neural pathways for pain mediation. Similar mechanisms also promote the communication among cellular participants in synapses at spinal or higher levels, which may amplify nociceptive firing and subsequent signal transmission, deteriorating the pain sensation...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318865/-advances-in-acupuncture-mechanism-research-on-the-changes-of-synaptic-plasticity-pain-memory-for-chronic-pain
#3
Yi-Ling Yang, Jian-Peng Huang, Li Jiang, Jian-Hua Liu
Previous studies have shown that there are many common structures between the neural network of pain and memory, and the main structure in the pain network is also part of the memory network. Chronic pain is characterized by recurrent attacks and is associated with persistent ectopic impulse, which causes changes in synaptic structure and function based on nerve activity. These changes may induce long-term potentiation of synaptic transmission, and ultimately lead to changes in the central nervous system to produce "pain memory"...
December 25, 2017: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298648/optogenetics-of-the-spinal-cord-use-of-channelrhodopsin-proteins-for-interrogation-of-spinal-cord-circuits
#4
Habibur Rahman, Youngpyo Nam, Jae-Hong Kim, Won-Ha Lee, Kyoungho Suk
Spinal cord circuits play a key role in receiving and transmitting somatosensory information from the body and the brain. They also contribute to the timing and coordination of complex patterns of movement. Under disease conditions, such as spinal cord injury and neuropathic pain, spinal cord circuits receive pain signals from peripheral nerves, and are involved in pain development via neurotransmitters and inflammatory mediators released from neurons and glial cells. Despite the importance of spinal cord circuits in sensory and motor functions, many questions remain regarding the relationship between activation of specific cells and behavioral responses...
December 29, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285962/cellular-and-molecular-mechanisms-driving-neuropathic-pain-recent-advancements-and-challenges
#5
Valencia Fernandes, Dilip Sharma, Shivani Vaidya, Shantanu P A, Yun Guan, Kiran Kalia, Vinod Tiwari
Current pharmacotherapeutics for neuropathic pain offer only symptomatic relief without treating the underlying pathophysiology. Additionally, they are associated with various dose-limiting side effects. Pain research in the past few decades has revolved around the role of oxidative-nitrosative stress, protein kinases, glial cell activation, and inflammatory signaling cascades but has failed to produce specific and effective therapies. Areas Covered: This review focuses on recent advances in cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuropathic pain that may be translated into future therapies...
December 29, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280965/the-glutamatergic-system-in-primary-somatosensory-neurons-and-its-involvement-in-sensory-input-dependent-plasticity
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REVIEW
Julia Fernández-Montoya, Carlos Avendaño, Pilar Negredo
Glutamate is the most common neurotransmitter in both the central and the peripheral nervous system. Glutamate is present in all types of neurons in sensory ganglia, and is released not only from their peripheral and central axon terminals but also from their cell bodies. Consistently, these neurons express ionotropic and metabotropic receptors, as well as other molecules involved in the synthesis, transport and release of the neurotransmitter. Primary sensory neurons are the first neurons in the sensory channels, which receive information from the periphery, and are thus key players in the sensory transduction and in the transmission of this information to higher centers in the pathway...
December 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276736/maternal-separation-stress-leads-to-resilience-against-neuropathic-pain-in-adulthood
#7
Julien Genty, Milène Tetsi Nomigni, Fernand Anton, Ulrike Hanesch
Early life stress (ELS) leads to a permanent reprogramming of biochemical stress response cascades that may also be relevant for the processing of chronic pain states such as neuropathy. Despite clinical evidence, little is known about ELS-related vulnerability for neuropathic pain and the possibly underlying etiology. In the framework of experimental studies aimed at investigating the respective relationships we used the established ELS model of maternal separation (MS). Rat dams and neonates were separated for 3 h/day from post-natal day 2-12...
February 2018: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258553/prenatal-alcohol-exposure-is-a-risk-factor-for-adult-neuropathic-pain-via-aberrant-neuroimmune-function
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Joshua J Sanchez, Shahani Noor, Suzy Davies, Daniel Savage, Erin D Milligan
BACKGROUND: Clinical studies show that prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) results in effects that persist into adulthood. Experimental animal models of moderate PAE demonstrate that young adults with PAE display potentiated sensitivity to light touch, clinically termed allodynia, following sciatic nerve chronic constriction injury (CCI) that coincides with heightened spinal glial, spinal macrophage, and peripheral immune responses. However, basal touch sensitivity and corresponding glial and leukocyte activation are unaltered...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224922/neurons-and-satellite-glial-cells-in-adult-rat-lumbar-dorsal-root-ganglia-express-connexin-36
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E Martha Pérez Armendariz, Monica Norcini, Beatriz Hernández-Tellez, Andrés Castell-Rodríguez, Cristina Coronel-Cruz, Raquel Guerrero Alquicira, Alexandra Sideris, Esperanza Recio-Pinto
Previous studies have shown that following peripheral nerve injury there was a downregulation of the gap junction protein connexin 36 (Cx36) in the spinal cord; however, it is not known whether Cx36 protein is expressed in the dorsal root ganglia (DRGs), nor if its levels are altered following peripheral nerve injuries. Here we address these aspects in the adult rat lumbar DRG. Cx36 mRNA was detected using qRT-PCR, and Cx36 protein was identified in DRG sections using immunohistochemistry (IHC) and immunofluorescence (IF)...
December 7, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223561/microglia-and-astrocyte-activation-in-the-spinal-cord-of-lame-horses
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Constanza S Meneses, Heine Y Müller, Daniel E Herzberg, Benjamin Uberti, Marianne P Werner, Hedie A Bustamante
OBJECTIVE: To determine the microglial and astrocyte response to painful lameness in horses. STUDY DESIGN: Ionized calcium binding adaptor molecule 1 (Iba-1) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) expression, cell density and morphology were determined through immunofluorescence within the dorsal horn of equine spinal cord. ANIMALS: A total of five adult horses with acute or chronic unilateral lameness, previously scheduled for euthanasia...
November 2, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222781/cell-enumeration-assays-application-of-the-mtt-and-sulforhodamine-b-assays-to-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-neonatal-rodent-microglia
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Laura Facci, Stephen D Skaper
Glial cell activation, in particular microglia, plays an important role in the pathogenesis of various neurodegenerative disorders as well as in chronic and neuropathic pain. This chapter compares two established cell enumeration assays, namely, the colorimetric 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide assay and the protein-binding sulforhodamine B assay for microglia as a function of culture condition and activation state. The pros and cons of each are then described.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222778/astrocyte-microglia-cocultures-as-a-model-to-study-neuroinflammation
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Laura Facci, Massimo Barbierato, Stephen D Skaper
Glial cell activation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of various neurodegenerative disorders as well as in chronic and neuropathic pain. This chapter describes a model which allows one to assess the individual and combined contributions of astrocytes and microglia in response to a pro-inflammatory stimulus, with emphasis on ionotropic purinergic receptors.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217257/upregulation-of-bdnf-and-interleukin-1%C3%A3-in-rat-spinal-cord-following-noxious-hind-paw-stimulation
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Josef Donnerer, Ingrid Liebmann
The aim of the present study was to investigate the protein levels of BDNF and IL-1ß in the lumbar dorsal horn of the rat by Western blot analysis following a noxious thermal hind paw stimulation. Ten min, 1h and 3h after the combined chemical and thermal stimulation an up to 2-fold increase in BDNF and Il-1ß protein expression was observed in the lumbar dorsal spinal cord. A pretreatment with the opioid analgesic morphine or the glial cell activation inhibitor minocycline partly attenuated protein expression...
December 5, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201256/neuropeptides-and-atp-signaling-in-the-trigeminal-ganglion
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REVIEW
Tetsuya Goto, Haruki Iwai, Eriko Kuramoto, Atsushi Yamanaka
Peripheral nociceptive stimuli from orofacial structures are largely transmitted by the trigeminal nerve. According to the peripheral noxious stimuli, neurons in the trigeminal ganglion (TG) produce neuropeptides such as substance P, and calcitonin-gene-related peptide, etc. Beside the production of neuropeptides, there exists unique non-synaptic interaction system between maxillary and mandibular neurons in the TG. Neurons in the TG are surrounded by satellite glial cells (SGCs), which initially receive the signal from TG neurons...
November 2017: Japanese Dental Science Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200998/attenuation-of-the-infiltration-of-angiotensin-ii-expressing-cd3-t-cells-and-the-modulation-of-nerve-growth-factor-in-lumbar-dorsal-root-ganglia-a-possible-mechanism-underpinning-analgesia-produced-by-ema300-an-angiotensin-ii-type-2-at2-receptor-antagonist
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Nemat Khan, Arjun Muralidharan, Maree T Smith
Recent preclinical and proof-of-concept clinical studies have shown promising analgesic efficacy of selective small molecule angiotensin II type 2 (AT2) receptor antagonists in the alleviation of peripheral neuropathic pain. However, their cellular and molecular mechanism of action requires further investigation. To address this issue, groups of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats with fully developed unilateral hindpaw hypersensitivity, following chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve, received a single intraperitoneal bolus dose of the small molecule AT2 receptor antagonist, EMA300 (10 mg kg-1), or vehicle...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200997/connexin43-hemichannels-in-satellite-glial-cells-can-they-influence-sensory-neuron-activity
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REVIEW
Mauricio A Retamal, Manuel A Riquelme, Jimmy Stehberg, Julio Alcayaga
In this review article, we summarize the current insight on the role of Connexin- and Pannexin-based channels as modulators of sensory neurons. The somas of sensory neurons are located in sensory ganglia (i.e., trigeminal and nodose ganglia). It is well known that within sensory ganglia, sensory neurons do not form neither electrical nor chemical synapses. One of the reasons for this is that each soma is surrounded by glial cells, known as satellite glial cells (SGCs). Recent evidence shows that connexin43 (Cx43) hemichannels and probably pannexons located at SGCs have an important role in paracrine communication between glial cells and sensory neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199028/sex-dependent-influences-of-morphine-and-its-metabolites-on-pain-sensitivity-in-the-rat
#17
H H Doyle, A Z Murphy
Preclinical studies report that the effective dose for morphine is approximately 2-fold higher in females than males. Following systemic administration, morphine is metabolized via Phase II glucuronidation in the liver and brain into two active metabolites: morphine-3-glucuronide (M3G) and morphine-6-glucuronide (M6G), each possessing distinct pharmacological profiles. M6G binds to μ opioid receptors and acts as a potent analgesic. In contrast, M3G binds to toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), initiating a neuroinflammatory response that directly opposes the analgesic effects of morphine and M6G...
November 30, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196182/peripheral-5-ht3-mediates-mirror-image-pain-by-a-cross-talk-with-acid-sensing-ion-channel-3
#18
Yeu-Shiuan Su, Hao-Ruei Mei, Chun-Hung Wang, Wei-Hsin Sun
Mirror-image pain (MIP), which occurs along with complex regional pain syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic migraine, is characterized by increased pain sensitivity of healthy body regions other than the actual injured or inflamed sites. A high level of peripheral inflammation may activate central or peripheral glia, triggering mirror-image pain. However, which receptors mediate inflammatory signals to contribute glial activation remains unclear. Intraplantarly injecting mice with 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) or acidic buffer (proton) caused only unilateral hyperalgesia, but co-injection of 5-HT/acid induced bilateral hyperalgesia (MIP)...
November 28, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192861/ectopic-brain-tissue-in-the-trigeminal-nerve-presenting-as-rapid-onset-trigeminal-neuralgia-case-report
#19
Jeffrey H Zimering, Jonathan J Stone, Audrey Paulzak, John D Markman, Mahlon D Johnson, G Edward Vates
The authors report the case of a 52-year-old man who presented with rapid-onset lancinating facial pain consistent with trigeminal neuralgia. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a nonenhancing small lesion on the right trigeminal nerve concerning for an atypical schwannoma or neuroma. The patient underwent resection of the mass via a right retrosigmoid approach. His facial pain completely resolved immediately postoperatively and had not recurred at 6 months after surgery. The mass was consistent with normal brain tissue (neurons and glial cells) without evidence of mitoses...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162434/oxytocin-inhibited-stress-induced-visceral-hypersensitivity-enteric-glial-cells-activation-and-release-of-proinflammatory-cytokines-in-maternal-separated-rats
#20
Shaoxian Xu, Bin Qin, Ameng Shi, Jing Zhao, Xiaoyan Guo, Lei Dong
Visceral hypersensitivity (VH) is a significant contributor to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Oxytocin (OT) possesses analgesic effects on the central nervous system (CNS) and attenuates microglial activation, however, little is known about its peripheral effects and involvement in VH of IBS. Reactive enteric glial cells (EGCs) contributes to abnormal motility in gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the peripheral use of OT to maintain VH and activation of EGCs through involvement of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) 4/MyD88/NF-κB signaling...
November 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
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