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Marion Griton, Jan Pieter Konsman
Although the immune and nervous systems have long been considered independent biological systems, they turn out to mingle and interact extensively. The present review summarizes recent insights into the neural pathways activated by and involved in infection-induced inflammation and discusses potential clinical applications. The simplest activation concerns a reflex action within C-fibers leading to neurogenic inflammation. Low concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines or bacterial fragments may also act on these afferent nerve fibers to signal the central nervous system and bring about early fever, hyperalgesia and sickness behavior...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
Delia Aguado, Rocío Bustamante, Ignacio A Gómez de Segura
BACKGROUND: Drugs with antagonistic actions on the Toll-like receptor 4 (Tlr4), such as naloxone at ultra low doses, have been used to inhibit opioid-induced hyperalgesia in rodents suggesting the involvement of this receptor and pathway on opioid-induced hyperalgesia. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether mice without the Tlr4 gene (Tlr4) would not develop remifentanil-induced hyperalgesia. DESIGN: An experimental randomised animal study...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
István Z Bátai, Ádám Horváth, Erika Pintér, Zsuzsanna Helyes, Gábor Pozsgai
Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) non-selective ligand-gated cation channels are mostly expressed in primary sensory neurons. Polysulfides (POLYs) are Janus-faced substances interacting with numerous target proteins and associated with both protective and detrimental processes. Activation of TRPA1 in sensory neurons, consequent somatostatin (SOM) liberation and action on sst4 receptors have recently emerged as mediators of the antinociceptive effect of organic trisulfide dimethyl trisulfide (DMTS)...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Suelen S da Silva, Sandra S Mizokami, Jacqueline R Fanti, Idessania N Costa, Juliano Bordignon, Ionice Felipe, Wander R Pavanelli, Waldiceu A Verri, Ivete Conchon Costa
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the analgesic effect of Glucantime (antimoniate N-methylglucamine) in Leishmania amazonensis infection and complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA), chronic paw inflammation model, in BALB/c mice. METHODS: Two models of chronic inflammatory pain in BALB/c mice paw were used: infection with L. amazonensis and CFA stimulation. Both animals models received daily treatment with Glucantime (10 mg/kg, i.p.) and during the treatment was measured the mechanical hyperalgesia with electronic version of von Frey filaments...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Jenny L Wilkerson, Zachary A Curry, Pamela D Kinlow, Brittany L Mason, Ku-Lung Hsu, Mario van der Stelt, Benjamin F Cravatt, Aron H Lichtman
A great need exists for the identification of new effective analgesics to treat sustained pain. However, most preclinical nociceptive assays measure behavioral responses evoked by noxious stimuli (i.e., pain-stimulated behavior), which presents a challenge to distinguish between motor impairing and antinociceptive effects of drugs. Here, we demonstrate that chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve (CCI) elicits common pain-stimulated responses (i.e., mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia) as well as reduces marble burying/digging behaviors that occur during the early stages of the neuropathy and resolve within one week...
March 8, 2018: Pain
Khaled G Abdel-Wahhab, Eitedal M Daoud, Aliaa El Gendy, Hagar H Mourad, Fathia A Mannaa, Maha M Saber
Diabetic neuropathy (DN) is the highly occurred complication of diabetes mellitus; it has been defined as an event of peripheral nerve dysfunction characterized by pain, allodynia, hyperalgesia, and paraesthesia. The current study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in the management of neuropathy in diabetic rats. The used animals were divided into the following groups: negative control, streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats, and diabetic rats with peripheral neuropathy (DNP) and DNP treated with gabapentin or with LLLT...
March 12, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Ji-Yuan Zhao, Li Yang, Hu-Hu Bai, Jiang-Ping Liu, Zhan-Wei Suo, Xian Yang, Xiao-Dong Hu
Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) has been shown to dephosphorylate and inactivate insulin receptors, which contributes to the pathogenesis of diabetes. Neuropathic pain is one of the severe complications that results from diabetic neuropathy. However, whether PTP1B was involved in the development of diabetic neuropathic pain is largely unknown. The current study illustrated that PTP1B was located in spinal cord dorsal horn neurons of Sprague-Dawley rats. Western blot analysis demonstrated that the diabetic neuropathic pain induced by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin was associated with an increased protein expression and a dynamic redistribution of spinal PTP1B into excitatory glutamatergic synapses...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Okihiro Onishi, Kazuya Ikoma, Ryo Oda, Tetsuro Yamazaki, Hiroyoshi Fujiwara, Shunji Yamada, Masaki Tanaka, Toshikazu Kubo
Although treatment protocols are available, patients experience both acute neuropathic pain and chronic neuropathic pain, hyperalgesia, and allodynia after peripheral nerve injury. The purpose of this study was to identify the brain regions activated after peripheral nerve injury using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) sequentially and assess the relevance of the imaging results using histological findings. To model peripheral nerve injury in male Sprague-Dawley rats, the right sciatic nerve was crushed using an aneurysm clip, under general anesthesia...
March 7, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Sagar Singh, Sonia Kartha, Ben A Bulka, Nicholas S Stiansen, Beth A Winkelstein
BACKGROUND: Neck pain from cervical facet loading is common and induces inflammation and upregulation of nerve growth factor (NGF) that can sensitize the joint afferents. Yet, the mechanisms by which these occur and whether afferents can be pre-conditioned by certain nonpainful stimuli are unknown. This study tested the hypothesis that a nonpainful mechanical or chemical insult predisposes a facet joint to generate pain after a later exposure to typically nonpainful distraction. METHODS: Rats were exposed to either a nonpainful distraction or an intra-articular subthreshold dose of NGF followed by a nonpainful distraction two days later...
January 31, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
J L Hawkins, N J Moore, D Miley, P L Durham
The pathology of migraine, a common neurological disease, involves sensitization and activation of trigeminal nociceptive neurons to promote hyperalgesia and allodynia during an attack. Migraineurs often exhibit characteristics of a hyperexcitable or hypervigilant nervous system. One of the primary reported risk factors for development of a hyperexcitable trigeminal system is chronic, unmanaged stress and anxiety. While primary traumatic stress is a commonly cited risk factor for many pain conditions, exposure to secondary traumatic stress early in life is also thought to be a contributing risk factor...
March 6, 2018: Brain Research
L Chen, B Yu, D Luo, M Lin
BACKGROUND: The mechanism underlying gastrointestinal (GI) dysmotility associated with chronic pancreatitis (CP) has not been fully elucidated, and enteric nervous system (ENS) has an important regulatory role in gastrointestinal motor function. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of ENS in the colonic hypomotility induced by trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS) infusion which mimics CP. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were submitted to CP which was induced by pancreatic infusion of 2% TNBS, or sham group with treatment of equal saline...
March 9, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Nagarajan Muthukaman, Sanjay Deshmukh, Macchindra Tambe, Dnyandeo Pisal, Shital Tondlekar, Mahamadhanif Shaikh, Neelam Sarode, Vidya G Kattige, Pooja Sawant, Monali Pisat, Vikas Karande, Srinivasa Honnegowda, Abhay Kulkarni, Dayanidhi Behera, Satyawan B Jadhav, Ramchandra R Sangana, Girish S Gudi, Neelima Khairatkar-Joshi, Laxmikant A Gharat
In an effort to identify CYP and hERG clean mPGES-1 inhibitors from the dihydrofuran-fused tricyclic benzo[d]imidazole series lead 7, an extensive structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies were performed. Optimization of A, D and E-rings in 7 afforded many potent compounds with human whole blood potency in the range of 160-950 nM. Selected inhibitors 21d, 21j, 21m, 21n, 21p and 22b provided selectivity against COX-enzymes and mPGES-1 isoforms (mPGES-2 and cPGES) along with sufficient selectivity against prostanoid synthases...
February 28, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Nuggehally R Srinivas
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March 5, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Gilberto Braulio, Savio C Passos, Fabricio Leite, Andre Schwertner, Luciana C Stefani, Ana C S Palmer, Iraci L S Torres, Felipe Fregni, Wolnei Caumo
Background: Remifentanil-induced hyperalgesia (r-IH) involves an imbalance in the inhibitory and excitatory systems. As the transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) modulates the thalamocortical synapses in a top-down manner, we hypothesized that the active (a)-t-DCS would be more effective than sham(s)-tDCS to prevent r-IH. We used an experimental paradigm to induce temporal summation of pain utilizing a repetitive cold test (rCOLDT) assessed by the Numerical Pain Score (NPS 0-10) and we evaluated the function of the descending pain modulatory system (DPMS) by the change on the NPS (0-10) during the conditioned pain modulation (CPM)-task (primary outcomes)...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Peter Athanasos, Walter Ling, Felix Bochner, Jason M White, Andrew A Somogyi
Objective: Acute pain management in opioid-dependent persons is complicated because of tolerance and opioid-induced hyperalgesia. Very high doses of morphine are ineffective in overcoming opioid-induced hyperalgesia and providing antinociception to methadone-maintained patients in an experimental setting. Whether the same occurs in buprenorphine-maintained subjects is unknown. Design: Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled. Subjects were tested on two occasions, at least five days apart, once with intravenous morphine and once with intravenous saline...
March 5, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Liansheng Liu, Yaohui Zhu, Michaël Noë, Qian Li, Pankaj Jay Pasricha
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is characterized by pancreatic inflammation and fibrosis, associated with increased pancreatic expression of transforming growth factor beta (TGFB). It is not clear how these might contribute to pain. We investigated whether TGFB signaling via SMAD induces sensitization of pancreatic sensory neurons to increase nociception. METHODS: CP was induced in Sprague-Dawley rats by infusion of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid; some rats were given intrathecal infusions of TGFB1...
March 2, 2018: Gastroenterology
Kentaro Urata, Masamichi Shinoda, Daisuke Ikutame, Toshimitsu Iinuma, Koichi Iwata
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether TRPV2 contribute to the changes in intra-oral thermal and mechanical sensitivity following incision of buccal mucosa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Buccal mucosal pain threshold were measured after the incision. Changes in the number of TRPV2-immunoreactive trigeminal ganglion neurons which innervate the whisker pad skin and buccal mucosa, changes in the number of isolectin B4-negative/positive TRPV2-immunoreactive trigeminal ganglion neurons which innervate the whisker pad skin and the buccal mucosa and the effect of peripheral TRPV2 antagonism on the pain threshold of incisional whisker pad skin and buccal mucosa were examined after these injuries...
March 5, 2018: Oral Diseases
Silvia M S Sandes, Luana Heimfarth, Renan G Brito, Priscila L Santos, Daniele N Gouveia, Alexandra M S Carvalho, Jullyana S S Quintans, Edeildo F da Silva-Júnior, Thiago M de Aquino, Paulo H B França, João X de Araújo-Júnior, Ricardo L C Albuquerque-Júnior, Gokhan Zengin, Martine Schmitt, Jean-Jacques Bourguignon, Lucindo J Quintans-Júnior
BACKGROUND: Indole-3-guanylhydrazone hydrochloride (LQM01) is a new derivative of aminoguanidine hydrochloride, an aromatic aminoguanidine. METHODS: Mice were treated with LQM01 (5, 10, 25 or 50 mg/kg, i.p.), vehicle (0.9% saline i.p.) or a standard drug. The mice were subjected to carrageenan-induced pleurisy, abdominal writhing induced by acetic acid, the formalin test and the hot-plate test. The model of non-inflammatory chronic muscle pain induced by saline acid was also used...
February 27, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
Isabelle M Larsen, Asbjørn M Drewes, Anne E Olesen
Pain involves responses in which both peripheral and central mechanisms contribute to the generation of pain. Pre-clinical laboratory data have supported that a topical formulation of combined diclofenac and methadone (Diclometh) may alleviate local pain, and potentially the side effect profile should be low. We hypothesized that anti-allodynic and anti-hyperalgesic effects of Diclometh could be demonstrated in a human experimental pain model, and that Diclometh would be safe to administer. Thus, the aims were: 1) To compare two doses of Diclometh versus placebo; 2) To assess the safety profile of Diclometh...
March 2, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Sílvia Castany, Georgia Gris, José Miguel Vela, Enrique Verdú, Pere Boadas-Vaello
Sigma-1 receptor (σ1 R) knockout (KO) CD1 mice, generated by homologous recombination, and separate pharmacological studies in wild type (WT) mice were done to investigate the role of this receptor in the development of pain-related behaviours (thermal hyperalgesia and mechanical allodynia) in mice after spinal cord contusion injury (SCI) - a model of central neuropathic pain. The modulatory effect of σ1 R KO on extracellular mediators and signalling pathways in the spinal cord was also investigated. In particular, changes in the expression of inflammatory cytokines (tumour necrosis factor TNF-α, interleukin IL-1β) and both the expression and activation (phosphorylation) of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit 2B (NR2B-NMDA) and extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK1/2) were analysed...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
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