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endogenous analgesia

Albert Dahan, Rutger van der Schrier, Terry Smith, Leon Aarts, Monique van Velzen, Marieke Niesters
The ventilatory control system is highly vulnerable to exogenous administered opioid analgesics. Particularly respiratory depression is a potentially lethal complication that may occur when opioids are overdosed or consumed in combination with other depressants such as sleep medication or alcohol. Fatalities occur in acute and chronic pain patients on opioid therapy and individuals that abuse prescription or illicit opioids for their hedonistic pleasure. One important strategy to mitigate opioid-induced respiratory depression is cotreatment with nonopioid respiratory stimulants...
March 19, 2018: Anesthesiology
Carolina Ribeiro, Rosa Quinta, Ana Raposo, Ana Valentim, José Albuquerque, Manuela Grazina
Objective: Prospective observational study to analyze CYP2D6 pharmacogenetics in 55 Portuguese adult parturients undergoing elective cesarean section and to investigate the association between CYP2D6 alleles and pain score. Methods: DNA was extracted from peripheral blood by standard methods. Genetic analysis included allelic discrimination (CYP2D6*1, *2, *3, *4, *5, *6, *10, *17, and *41) and copy number determination with TaqMan probes by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
March 12, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Meritxell Llorca-Torralba, Juan A Mico, Esther Berrocoso
The persistent activation of N-methyl-d-aspartate acid receptors (NMDARs) seems to be responsible for a series of changes in neurons associated with neuropathic pain, including the failure of opioids that act through mu-opioid receptors (MORs) to provide efficacious pain relief. As the noradrenergic locus coeruleus (LC) forms part of the endogenous analgesic system, we explored how intra-LC administration of morphine, a MORs agonist, alone or in combination with MK-801, a NMDARs antagonist, affects the sensorial and affective dimension of pain in a rat model of neuropathic pain; chronic constriction injury (CCI)...
March 7, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Fang-Xiong Zhang, Vinicius M Gadotti, Ivana A Souza, Lina Chen, Gerald W Zamponi
Cavα2δ subunits contribute to the cell-surface expression of Cav2 calcium channels. Upregulation of Cavα2δ-1 in dorsal root ganglion neurons occurs after nerve injury and results in an increased synaptic abundance of Cav2.2 channels in the spinal dorsal horn, thus enhancing the transmission of pain signals. Here, we report that large conductance calcium-activated potassium (BK) channels interact with the Cavα2δ subunit. Coexpression of BK channels with the Cav2 calcium channels reduces their cell-surface expression and whole-cell current density by competing the Cavα2δ subunit away from the Cav2 complex...
February 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Aatit Paungmali, Leonard Henry Joseph, Khanittha Punturee, Patraporn Sitilertpisan, Ubon Pirunsan, Sureeporn Uthaikhup
OBJECTIVE: The main objective of the study was to measure the levels of plasma β-endorphin (PB) and plasma cortisol (PC) under lumbar core stabilization exercise (LCSE), placebo and control conditions in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain. METHODS: Twenty-four participants with chronic nonspecific low back pain participated in a randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover design study. There were 3 experimental exercise conditions: control condition (positioning in crook lying and rest), placebo condition (passive cycling in crook lying using automatic cycler), and LCSE on a Pilates device tested with a 48-hour interval between sessions by concealed randomization...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Miguel Á Tejada, Ángeles Montilla-García, Rafael González-Cano, Inmaculada Bravo-Caparrós, M Carmen Ruiz-Cantero, Francisco R Nieto, Enrique J Cobos
Immune cells have a known role in pronociception, since they release a myriad of inflammatory algogens which interact with neurons to facilitate pain signaling. However, these cells also produce endogenous opioid peptides with analgesic potential. The sigma-1 receptor is a ligand-operated chaperone that modulates neurotransmission by interacting with multiple protein partners, including the μ-opioid receptor. We recently found that sigma-1 antagonists are able to induce opioid analgesia by enhancing the action of endogenous opioid peptides of immune origin during inflammation...
February 15, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Noud van Helmond, Hans Timmerman, Søren S Olesen, Asbjørn M Drewes, Joris Kleinhans, Oliver H Wilder-Smith, Kris C Vissers, Monique A Steegers
Chronic pain following surgery, persistent postsurgical pain, is an important highly prevalent condition contributing to significant symptom burden and lower quality of life. Persistent postsurgical pain is relatively refractory to treatment hence generating a high need for preventive strategies and treatments. Therefore, the identification of patients at risk of developing persistent pain is an area of active ongoing research. Recently it was demonstrated that peri-operative disruptions in central pain processing may be able to predict persistent postsurgical pain at long term follow-up in breast cancer patients...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Pei Wang, Ting Zheng, Mengna Zhang, Biao Xu, Run Zhang, Ting Zhang, Weidong Zhao, Xuerui Shi, Qinqin Zhang, Quan Fang
Cannabinoids (CBs) play important roles in pain modulation. Recently, VD-hemopressin(β) [VD-Hpβ], a 12-residue β-hemoglobin-derived peptide, was reported to activate both CB1 and CB2 receptors in vitro. To further characterize in vivo actions of VD-Hpβ, its antinociceptive activity and site(s) were evaluated in the mouse tail-flick test, and supraspinal antinociception of VD-Hpβ was further assessed in the writhing test. Our results demonstrated that supraspinal, intrathecal, subcutaneous and intraperitoneal administrations of VD-Hpβ produced analgesia in the tail-flick test...
February 6, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
Marie Udnesseter Lie, Dagfinn Matre, Per Hansson, Audun Stubhaug, John-Anker Zwart, Kristian Bernhard Nilsen
Introduction: The interest in conditioned pain modulation (CPM) as a clinical tool for measuring endogenously induced analgesia is increasing. There is, however, large variation in the CPM methodology, hindering comparison of results across studies. Research comparing different CPM protocols is needed in order to obtain a standardized test paradigm. Objectives: The aim of the study was to assess whether a protocol with phasic heat stimuli as test-stimulus is preferable to a protocol with tonic heat stimulus as test-stimulus...
November 2017: Pain Reports (Baltimore, Md.)
Richard J Bodnar
This paper is the thirty-ninth consecutive installment of the annual review of research concerning the endogenous opioid system. It summarizes papers published during 2016 that studied the behavioral effects of molecular, pharmacological and genetic manipulation of opioid peptides, opioid receptors, opioid agonists and opioid antagonists. The particular topics that continue to be covered include the molecular-biochemical effects and neurochemical localization studies of endogenous opioids and their receptors related to behavior, and the roles of these opioid peptides and receptors in pain and analgesia, stress and social status, tolerance and dependence, learning and memory, eating and drinking, drug abuse and alcohol, sexual activity and hormones, pregnancy, development and endocrinology, mental illness and mood, seizures and neurologic disorders, electrical-related activity and neurophysiology, general activity and locomotion, gastrointestinal, renal and hepatic functions, cardiovascular responses, respiration and thermoregulation, and immunological responses...
March 2018: Peptides
Daniel E Harper, Eric Ichesco, Andrew Schrepf, Johnson P Hampson, Daniel J Clauw, Tobias Schmidt-Wilcke, Richard E Harris, Steven E Harte
Conditioned pain modulation (CPM), a psychophysical paradigm that is commonly used to infer the integrity of endogenous pain-altering systems by observation of the effect of one noxious stimulus on another, has previously identified deficient endogenous analgesia in fibromyalgia (FM) and other chronic pain conditions. The mechanisms underlying this deficiency, be they insufficient inhibition and/or active facilitation, are largely unknown. The present cross sectional study used a combination of behavioral CPM testing, voxel based morphometry (VBM), and resting state functional connectivity to identify neural correlates of CPM in healthy controls (HC; n=14) and FM patients (n=15), and to probe for differences that could explain the pain-facilitative CPM that was observed in our patient sample...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
Mintao Zhou, Yu Li, Xuechang Han, Qunzhi Xing, Yiyao Wang, Xu Dong, Junxiao Chang
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the clinical therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture at Neimadian (Extra) and Neiguan (PC 6) on the analgesic effect of thoracic perioperative stage and its effect mechanism. METHODS: Sixty cases of esophageal cancer with elective radical resection under general anesthesia were divided into an observation group and a control group according to the operation sequence, 30 cases in each one. In the control group, the general anesthesia was simply applied and sufentanil was administered for patient controlled intravenous analgesia (PCIA) after operation...
July 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Francesca Eroli, Inge C M Loonen, Arn M J M van den Maagdenberg, Else A Tolner, Andrea Nistri
Endocannabinoids are suggested to control pain, even though their clinical use is not fully validated and the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. To clarify the targets of endocannabinoid actions, we studied how activation of the endocannabinoid CB1 receptor (CB1R) affects neuronal responses in two in vitro preparations of rodents, namely the trigeminal sensory ganglion (TG) in culture and a coronal slice of the cerebral cortex. On TG small-medium size neurons, we tested whether submicromolar concentrations of the endogenous CB1R agonist anandamide (AEA) modulated inhibitory GABAA receptors and excitatory ATP-gated P2X3 receptors...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
M D Raleigh, S J Peterson, M Laudenbach, F Baruffaldi, F I Carroll, S D Comer, H A Navarro, T L Langston, S P Runyon, S Winston, M Pravetoni, P R Pentel
Among vaccines aimed at treating substance use disorders, those targeting opioids present several unique medication development challenges. 1) Opioid overdose is a common complication of abuse, so it is desirable for an opioid vaccine to block the toxic as well as the addictive effects of opioids. 2) It is important that an opioid vaccine not interfere with the action of opioid antagonists used to reverse opioid overdose or treat addiction. 3) Some opioids are immunosuppressive and chronic ongoing opioid use could interfere with vaccine immunogenicity...
2017: PloS One
Pascal P Klinger-Gratz, William T Ralvenius, Elena Neumann, Ako Kato, Rita Nyilas, Zsolt Lele, István Katona, Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer
Acetaminophen (paracetamol) is a widely used analgesic and antipyretic drug with only incompletely understood mechanisms of action. Previous work, using models of acute nociceptive pain, indicated that analgesia by acetaminophen involves an indirect activation of CB1 receptors by the acetaminophen metabolite and endocannabinoid re-uptake inhibitor AM 404. However, the contribution of the cannabinoid system to anti-hyperalgesia against inflammatory pain, the main indication of acetaminophen, and the precise site of the relevant CB1 receptors have remained elusive...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
J Lötsch, I Weyer-Menkhoff, I Tegeder
Cannabinoids have a long record of recreational and medical use and become increasingly approved for pain therapy. This development is based on preclinical and human experimental research summarized in this review. Cannabinoid CB 1 receptors are widely expressed throughout the nociceptive system. Their activation by endogenous or exogenous cannabinoids modulates the release of neurotransmitters. This is reflected in antinociceptive effects of cannabinoids in preclinical models of inflammatory, cancer and neuropathic pain, and by nociceptive hypersensitivity of cannabinoid receptor-deficient mice...
November 21, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Danielle Aguiar Diniz, Júlia Alvarenga Petrocchi, Larissa Caldeira Navarro, Tâmara Cristina Souza, Marina Gomes Miranda E Castor, Igor Dimitri Gama Duarte, Thiago Roberto Lima Romero
PURPOSE: Studies conducted since 1969 have shown that the release of serotonin (5-HT) in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord contributes to opioid analgesia. In the present study, the participation of the opioidergic system in antinociceptive effect serotonin at the peripheral level was examined. METHODS: The paw pressure test was used with mice (Swiss, males from 35 g) which had increased pain sensitivity by intraplantar injection of PGE2 (2 μg). Serotonin (250 ng), administered locally to the right paw of animals, produces antinociception in this model...
January 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Daniel Michael Doleys
BACKGROUND: The prescribing of opioids in the chronic pain setting is often based on the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenetics of the drug obtained during development and clinical trials. However, the effectiveness of opioids varies widely and often appears to bear no relationship to the aforementioned variables. The impact of philosophical issues and psychological factors on determining how clinically effective opioid therapy is has often been over looked. OBJECTIVES: This manuscript provides a selective review and narrative summary of the philosophical issues and psychological factors which can influence opioid effectiveness...
November 2017: Pain Physician
Lilian Basso, Jérôme Boué, Céline Augé, Céline Deraison, Catherine Blanpied, Nicolas Cenac, Philippe Lluel, Nathalie Vergnolle, Gilles Dietrich
T lymphocytes play a pivotal role in endogenous regulation of inflammatory visceral pain. The analgesic activity of T lymphocytes is dependent on their production of opioids, a property acquired on antigen activation. Accordingly, we investigated whether an active recruitment of T lymphocytes within inflamed colon mucosa via a local vaccinal strategy may counteract inflammation-induced visceral pain in mice. Mice were immunized against ovalbumin (OVA). One month after immunization, colitis was induced by adding 3% (wt/vol) dextran sulfate sodium into drinking water containing either cognate antigen OVA or control antigen bovine serum albumin for 5 days...
November 13, 2017: Pain
Kei Jinushi, Tetsuya Kushikata, Takashi Kudo, Girolamo Calo, Remo Guerrini, Kazuyoshi Hirota
BACKGROUND: Neuropeptide S (NPS) is an endogenous neuropeptide controlling anxiolysis, wakefulness, and analgesia. NPS containing neurons exist near to the locus coeruleus (LC) involved in the descending anti-nociceptive system. NPS interacts with central noradrenergic neurons; thus brain noradrenergic signaling may be involved in NPS-induced analgesia. We tested NPS analgesia in noradrenergic neuron-lesioned rats using a selective LC noradrenergic neurotoxin, N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-ethyl-2-bromobenzylamine (DSP-4)...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
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