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Neuropathic pain

Raquel Tonello, Camilla Fusi, Serena Materazzi, Ilaria M Marone, Francesco De Logu, Silvia Benemei, Muryel C Gonçalves, Elisabetta Coppi, Celio J Castro-Junior, Marcus Vinicius Gomez, Pierangelo Geppetti, Juliano Ferreira, Romina Nassini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Peptides from venomous animals have long been important tools for understanding pain mechanisms and for the discovery of pain treatments. Here, we hypothesized that Phα1β, a peptide purified from the armed spider Phoneutria nigriventer venom, produces analgesia by blocking the transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Cultured rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, human IMR90 fibroblasts or HEK293 cells expressing the human TRPA1 (hTRPA1-HEK293), TRPV1 (hTRPV1-HEK293) or TRPV4 (hTRPV4-HEK293), were used for calcium imaging and electrophysiology...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Zühtü Özbek, Hasan Emre Aydin, Atacan Emre Koçman, Emre Özkara, Erdem Söztutar, Ezgi Bektur, Murat Vural, Aydan Köse, Ali Arslantaş, Cengiz Bayçu
AIM: In this study, we investigated the effects of genistein in a rat model of sciatic nerve crush injury and complete sciatic nerve transection. The effects of genistein were compared with those of gabapentin, which is widely used in clinical practice for peripheral nerve injury. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-eight rats were randomly divided into six groups (n = 8 for all groups): group 1 (sham); group 2, sciatic nerve crush injury (control); group 3, sciatic nerve crush injury + genistein 20 mg/kg; group 4, sciatic nerve crush injury + gabapentin 90 mg/kg; group 5, sciatic nerve transection + genistein 20 mg/kg; group 6, sciatic nerve transection + gabapentin 90 mg/kg...
September 21, 2016: Turkish Neurosurgery
S Sukhbir, S Yashpal, A Sandeep
Nefopam hydrochloride (NFH) is a non-opioid centrally acting analgesic drug used to treat chronic condition such as neuropathic pain. In current research, sustained release nefopam hydrochloride loaded nanospheres (NFH-NS) were auspiciously synthesized using binary mixture of eudragit RL 100 and RS 100 with sorbitan monooleate as surfactant by quasi solvent diffusion technique and optimized by 3(5) Box-Behnken designs to evaluate the effects of process and formulation variables. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) affirmed absence of drug-polymer incompatibility and confirmed formation of nanospheres...
September 2016: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Jimoh Olubanwo Agbaje, Elke Van de Casteele, Marjolein Hiel, Ciska Verbaanderd, Ivo Lambrichts, Constantinus Politis
OBJECTIVE: To report the incidence of trigeminal neuropathy seen among new patients in a referral center within a period of 1 year (2013). The cause of damage, method of management and treatment outcome was assessed after 1-year follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The records of all new patients visiting the oral and maxillofacial unit of the University hospital of Leuven in 2013 were screened for a history of damage to branches of the trigeminal nerve. The selected records were examined and the duration of nerve damage, received treatment as well as the outcome of the neuropathy after treatment was noted after 1-year follow-up...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Jennifer L Schroeck, James Ford, Erin L Conway, Kari E Kurtzhalts, Megan E Gee, Krista A Vollmer, Kari A Mergenhagen
PURPOSE: Insomnia is problematic for older adults. After behavioral modifications fail to show adequate response, pharmacologic options are used. The pharmacokinetics of agents used to treat insomnia may be altered. This review focuses on the safety and efficacy of medications used to treat insomnia. METHODS: A literature search of Medline, PubMed, and Embase was conducted (January 1966-June 2016). It included systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials, observational studies, and case series that had an emphasis on insomnia in an older population...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Cheng-Hua Zhou, Ming-Xing Zhang, Sha-Sha Zhou, Huan Li, Jian Gao, Lei Du, Xiao-Xing Yin
Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that epigenetic modification-mediated changes in pain-related gene expressions play an important role in the development and maintenance of neuropathic pain. Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), anicotinamide adenosine dinucleotide (NAD)-dependent deacetylase, is involved in the development of chronic pain. Moreover, SIRT1 may be a novel therapeutic target for the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). But the role of SIRT1 in T2DM-induced neuropathic pain remains unknown. In this study, we found that spinal SIRT1 expression and activity were down-regulated significantly in high-fat-fed/low-dose STZ-induced neuropathic pain rats...
September 29, 2016: Pain
Chouki Chenaf, Eric Chapuy, Frédéric Libert, Fabien Marchand, Christine Courteix, Marianne Bertrand, Cecilia Gabriel, Elisabeth Mocaër, Alain Eschalier, Nicolas Authier
Antidepressants are first-line treatments of neuropathic pain but not all of these drugs are really effective. Agomelatine is an antidepressant with a novel mode of action, acting as a MT1/MT2 melatonergic receptor agonist and a 5-HT2C receptor antagonist that involves indirect noradrenaline release. Melatonin, serotonin and noradrenaline have been involved in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain. Yet no study has been conducted to determine agomelatine effects on neuropathic pain in animal models.Using three rat models of neuropathic pain of toxic (oxaliplatin/OXA), metabolic (streptozocin/STZ) and traumatic (sciatic nerve ligation/CCI) etiologies, we investigated the anti-hypersensitivity effect of acute and repeated agomelatine administration...
October 1, 2016: Pain
Aris Koryllos, Astrid Althaus, Marcel Poels, Robin Joppich, Rolf Lefering, Frank Wappler, Wolfram Windisch, Corinna Ludwig, Erich Stoelben
BACKGROUND: Thoracotomy leads to chronic neuropathic pain in up to 50% of patients and is responsible for an impaired quality of life. Intercostal nerve injury has been suggested to be responsible for this pain. In the present study the impact of paravertebral intercostal neurectomy on post thoracotomy pain was assessed. METHODS: In this single center parallel-group randomized controlled trial patients underwent muscle sparing anterolateral thoracotomy and anatomical lung resection for lung cancer...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Lijuan Lu, Cailong Pan, Lu Chen, Liang Hu, Chaoyu Wang, Yuan Han, Zhixiang Cheng, Yanjing Yang, Wen-Tao Liu
Neuropathic pain is a debilitating clinical condition with few efficacious treatments, warranting development of novel therapeutics. Ozone is widely used as an alternative therapy for many different pain conditions, with exact mechanisms still elusive. In this study, we found that a single peri-sciatic nerve injection of ozone decreased mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia, and normalized the phosphorylation of protein kinase C γ (PKCγ), N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), and extracellular signal-regulated kinase in a chronic constriction injury (CCI) model in rat sciatic nerve...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
Wei Sun, Fei Yang, Yan Wang, Han Fu, Yan Yang, Chun-Li Li, Xiao-Liang Wang, Qing Lin, Jun Chen
Under physiological state, small- and medium-sized dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons are believed to mediate nociceptive behavioral responses to painful stimuli. However, recently it has been found that a number of large-sized neurons are also involved in nociceptive transmission under neuropathic conditions. Nonetheless, the underlying mechanisms that large-sized DRG neurons mediate nociception are poorly understood. In the present study, the role of large-sized neurons in bee venom (BV)-induced mechanical allodynia and the underlying mechanisms were investigated...
October 12, 2016: Neuropharmacology
F Vandenbos, D Pop, C Perrotin, N Venissac, J Mouroux
INTRODUCTION: Lung resection for cancer is the cause of significant postoperative pain. The aim of this study was to determine whether pulmonary rehabilitation could induce a resurgence of pain. METHODS: In 2014 and 2015, pulmonary rehabilitation was offered to all patients referred to our institution after lung resection for cancer. Patients were assessed at entry and departure for nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain (DN4), for quality of life using questionnaire EORTC QlQ-C30 and for anxiety and depression (HAD questionnaire)...
October 12, 2016: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
Siyang Yan, Amanda C Kentner
Exposure to painful procedures and/or stressors during the early neonatal period can reprogram the underlying neurocircuitry involved in nociception and neuropathic pain perception. The reprogramming of these systems can result in an enduring elevation in sensitivity towards mechanical and thermal stimuli. Recent evidence suggests that exposure to mild inflammatory mediators during the neonatal period can induce similar pain responses in both adolescent and adult rats. Therefore, we sought to profile changes in the expression of several genes across brain areas involved in the active modulation of nociception and neuropathic pain using a well-recognized model of neonatal inflammation...
October 11, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Luis R Hernandez-Miranda, Thomas Müller, Carmen Birchmeier
Neurons of the dorsal hindbrain and spinal cord are central in receiving, processing and relaying sensory perception and participate in the coordination of sensory-motor output. Numerous cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie neuronal development in both regions of the nervous system are shared. We discuss here the mechanisms that generate neuronal diversity in the dorsal spinal cord and hindbrain, and emphasize similarities in patterning and neuronal specification. Insight into the developmental mechanisms has provided tools that can help to assign functions to small subpopulations of neurons...
October 11, 2016: Developmental Biology
Steven M Savvas, Stephen J Gibson
Epidemiological data suggests that the prevalence of musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain increases with age until at least late mid-life, though the pattern is somewhat unclear beyond this point. And though the prevalence of some types of pain may peak in late midlife, pain is still a substantial and common complaint even in the oldest age groups. This article provides an overview of later-life pain and includes a brief review of its epidemiology, describes commonly encountered barriers to its management, and discusses guidelines and recommended approaches to its assessment and management...
November 2016: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Brian A Simpson, Ravindra Nannapaneni
BACKGROUND: With its relative simplicity and safety, peripheral nerve field stimulation (PNFS; PENS) is contributing to the re-emergence of peripheral nerve stimulation as an effective therapy for neuropathic pain (NPP). CASE PRESENTATION: A 70-year-old woman had developed severe, medically refractory NPP unilaterally in the scalp and face 20 years earlier, following a maxillofacial surgical procedure. PNFS gave substantial relief of the pain and allodynia and was repeated successfully on a further 25 occasions over the subsequent five years...
October 14, 2016: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
G P Bostick, S J Kamper, T M Haanstra, B D Dick, L W Stitt, P Morley-Forster, A J Clark, M E Lynch, A Gordon, H Nathan, C Smyth, M A Ware, C Toth, D E Moulin
BACKGROUND: Pain expectancy may be an important variable that has been found to influence the effectiveness of treatments for pain. Much of the literature supports a self-fulfilment perspective where expectations for pain relief predict the actual pain experienced. However, in conditions such as neuropathic pain (NeP) where pain relief is difficult to attain, expectations for pain relief could be unrealistic. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between realistic/unrealistic expectations and 6-month, post-treatment outcomes...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Satoru Koyanagi, Naoki Kusunose, Marie Taniguchi, Takahiro Akamine, Yuki Kanado, Yui Ozono, Takahiro Masuda, Yuta Kohro, Naoya Matsunaga, Makoto Tsuda, Michael W Salter, Kazuhide Inoue, Shigehiro Ohdo
Diurnal variations in pain hypersensitivity are common in chronic pain disorders, but the underlying mechanisms are enigmatic. Here, we report that mechanical pain hypersensitivity in sciatic nerve-injured mice shows pronounced diurnal alterations, which critically depend on diurnal variations in glucocorticoids from the adrenal glands. Diurnal enhancement of pain hypersensitivity is mediated by glucocorticoid-induced enhancement of the extracellular release of ATP in the spinal cord, which stimulates purinergic receptors on microglia in the dorsal horn...
October 14, 2016: Nature Communications
Ashok Kumar Saxena, Geetanjali T Chilkoti, Anand K Chopra, Basu Dev Banerjee, Tusha Sharma
BACKGROUND: The present study was undertaken to evaluate the incidence of chronic persistent post-surgical pain (CPPP) and the role of signal transduction genes in patients undergoing staging laparotomy for carcinoma ovary. METHODS: The present observational study was undertaken following institutional ethical committee approval and informed consent from all the participants. A total 21 patients of ASA grade I to III with age 20-70 years, scheduled for elective staging laparotomy for carcinoma ovary were included...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Pain
Jeongsoo Han, Myeounghoon Cha, Minjee Kwon, Seong-Karp Hong, Sun Joon Bai, Bae Hwan Lee
The insular cortex (IC) is a pain-related brain region that receives various types of sensory input and processes the emotional aspects of pain. The present study was conducted to investigate spatiotemporal patterns related to neuroplastic changes in the IC after nerve injury using voltage-sensitive dye imaging. The tibial and sural nerves of rats were injured under pentobarbital anesthesia. To observe optical signals in the IC, rats were re-anesthetized with urethane 7days after injury, and a craniectomy was performed to allow for optical imaging...
October 10, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Ashley E Mohrman, Mahmoud Farrag, He Huang, Stephan Ossowski, Stephanie Haft, Leah P Shriver, Nic D Leipzig
Syringomyelia is a condition of the spinal cord in which a syrinx, or fluid-filled cavity, forms from trauma, malformation, or general disorder. Previous work has shown that in noncanalicular syringomyelia irregular flow and pressure conditions enhance the volumetric growth of syrinxes. A better understanding of the underlying molecular pathways associated with syrinx formation will unveil targets for treatments and possibly prevention of syringomyelia in the future. In this study, we performed an established surgical induction of a syrinx using quisqualic acid and kaolin injections in rats to characterize the injury at the molecular level by RNA sequencing and metabolomics techniques at three and six weeks post-injury...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
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