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MicroRNA and pain

A-K Reinhold, E Jentho, S T Schäfer, M Bauer, H L Rittner
Epigenetics, i.e. an altered reading of the genome without altering the genes themselves is a growing scientific field. A distinction is made between changes in the DNA by modification of the histones and non-coding RNA that alter the messenger (m)RNAs. Epigenetic modifications can be triggered by personal circumstances or other external factors and therefore influence the occurrence of diseases. Epigenetics are therefore of particular interest to anesthesiologists, pain specialists and intensive care physicians, as anesthetic drugs may have a long-term influence on protein transcription leading for example to alterations in neurocognition after anesthesia, chronification of postoperative pain and immune response in sepsis...
March 20, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
Bin Zhang, Wei Guo, Chao Sun, Hui-Quan Duan, Bing-Bing Yu, Kun Mu, Yue-Yan Guan, Yan Li, Shen Liu, Yang Liu, De-Xiang Ban, Wen-Dong Ruan, Xiao-Hong Kong, Cong Xing, Guang-Zhi Ning, Shi-Qing Feng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Low back pain has become one of the most common musculoskeletal diseases in the world. Studies have shown that intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is an important factor leading to low back pain, but the mechanisms underlying IDD remain largely unknown. Research over the past decade has suggested critical roles for microRNAs (miRNAs) in natural growth and disease progression. However, it remains poorly understood whether circular RNAs participate in IDD. METHODS: Clinical IDD samples were collected from 20 patients who underwent discectomy...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Ye Chen, SuNing Chen, Jian Zhang, YangMin Wang, Zhengping Jia, Xin Zhang, Xiao Han, Xiuquan Guo, XiaoDi Sun, Chen Shao, Ji Wang, Tian Lan
The current study aimed to identify a comprehensive expression-profile of microRNAs (miRNAs) in expressed prostatic secretion (EPS) collected from healthy men and patients with CP/CPPS (Chronic prostatitis/Chronic pelvic pain syndrome). After clinical screening of 382 participants, 60 healthy men and 59 IIIA CP/CPPS patients with significant pelvic-pain were included into this study from March 2012 to December 2014. High-throughput sequencing was employed to identify characteristic expression-profile of EPS-miRNAs...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Ying Lu, De-Li Cao, Lin-Xia Zhao, Yu Han, You-Li Zhang
Visceral pain, observed in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, is a challenging medical problem and remains poorly understood because the mechanisms underlying it are unclear. Emerging evidence indicates that microRNAs (miRNAs) play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of acute and chronic pain. In this study, we aimed to explore the potential role of miR-146a-5p (the mature form of miR-146a) in a mouse model of colitis induced by intracolonic injection of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS). We found that induction of colitis resulted in visceral hyperalgesia manifested by a decreased pain threshold to colorectal distension and upregulation of miR-146a-5p expression in the lumbosacral spinal cord...
March 14, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
Yimin Wang, Fang Ye, Chanyan Huang, Faling Xue, Yingyuan Li, Shaowei Gao, Zeting Qiu, Si Li, Qinchang Chen, Huaqiang Zhou, Yiyan Song, Wenqi Huang, Wulin Tan, Zhongxing Wang
BACKGROUND: Neuropathic pain is one of the common complications after spinal cord injury (SCI), affecting patients' life quality. The molecular mechanism for neuropathic pain after SCI is still unclear. We aimed to discover potential genes and MicroRNAs(miRNAs) related to neuropathic pain by bioinformatics method. METHODS: Microarray data of GSE69901 were obtained from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database. Peripheral blood samples from patients with or without neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury (SCI) were collected...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Frank Birklein, Seena K Ajit, Andreas Goebel, Roberto S G M Perez, Claudia Sommer
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a pain condition that usually affects a single limb, often following an injury. The underlying pathophysiology seems to be complex and probably varies between patients. Clinical diagnosis is based on internationally agreed-upon criteria, which consider the reported symptoms, presence of signs and exclusion of alternative causes. Research into CRPS biomarkers to support patient stratification and improve diagnostic certainty is an important scientific focus, and recent progress in this area provides an opportunity for an up-to-date topical review of measurable disease-predictive, diagnostic and prognostic parameters...
March 16, 2018: Nature Reviews. Neurology
Philippa Howlett, Jane K Cleal, Huihai Wu, Nikunj Shah, Alex Horton, Nick Curzen, Michael Mahmoudi
Objective: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) may serve as potential biomarkers in a variety of pathologies. The aim of this study was to determine whether miRNAs could serve as blood-based markers of isolated coronary artery calcification (CAC) defined as CAC in the absence of an underlying metabolic abnormality. Methods: 24 age-matched and sex-matched patients who had been referred for elective CT coronary calcium score and angiography as part of investigation for cardiac chest pain were recruited...
2018: Open Heart
Takayuki Arai, Miki Fuse, Yusuke Goto, Kanya Kaga, Akira Kurozumi, Yasutaka Yamada, Sho Sugawara, Atsushi Okato, Tomohiko Ichikawa, Tomonori Yamanishi, Naohiko Seki
Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome, is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the bladder. The symptoms of IC vary, including feeling an urgent need for immediate urination and of needing to urinate often, as well as bladder or pelvic pain. Despite its high incidence, no molecular diagnostic methods are available for IC, and the molecular pathogenesis is unknown. microRNAs (miRNA) can regulate expression of RNA transcripts in cells and aberrant expression of miRNAs is associated with several human diseases...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Marina Bolzoni, Denise Toscani, Paola Storti, Valentina Marchica, Federica Costa, Nicola Giuliani
Bone destruction is the hallmark of multiple myeloma (MM). About 80% of MM patients at diagnosis presents myeloma bone disease (MBD) leading to bone pain and pathological fractures, significantly affecting patients' quality of life. Bisphosphonates are the treatment of choice for MBD, but osteolytic lesions remain a critical issue in the current management of MM patients. Several studies clarified the mechanisms involved in MM-induced osteoclast formation and activation, leading to the identification of new possible targets and the development of better bone-directed therapies, that are discussed in this review...
March 2, 2018: Expert Review of Hematology
Chen Chu, Wu Chunshuai, Chen Jiajia, Zhang Jinlong, Xue Pengfei, Jiang Jiawei, Cui Zhiming
Circular RNAs are newly identified RNAs that regulate gene expression and execute various biological activities. Facet joint osteoarthritis (FJOA) is a severe facet joint cartilage degeneration disease that induces chronic low back pain to a larger population. The molecular mechanisms of FJOA, especially the presence and changes of circular RNAs in FJOA have not been investigated. In the current study, we analyzed RNA deep sequencing outcomes from healthy control group and FJOA group, identified and annotated circular RNAs, and determined the expressions of circular RNAs...
February 19, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Claudia Sommer, Mathias Leinders, Nurcan Üçeyler
Peripheral nerve injuries and diseases often lead to pain persisting beyond the resolution of damage, indicating an active disease-promoting process, which may result in chronic pain. This is regarded as a maladaptive mechanism resulting from neuroinflammation that originally serves to promote regeneration and healing. Knowledge on these physiological and pathophysiological processes has accumulated over the last few decades and has started to yield potential therapeutic targets. Key players are macrophages, T-lymphocytes, cytokines, and chemokines...
March 2018: Pain
Margaret Pain, Huaien Wang, Eunjee Lee, Maya Strahl, Wissam Hamou, Robert Sebra, Jun Zhu, Raymund L Yong
Background: Gliosarcoma is a rare variant of glioblastoma (GBM) that exhibits frequent mutations in TP53 and can develop in a secondary fashion after chemoradiation of a primary GBM. Whether temozolomide (TMZ)-induced mutagenesis of the TP53 DNA-binding domain (DBD) can drive the pathogenesis of gliosarcoma is unclear. Methods: We identified a case of a primary GBM that rapidly progressed into secondary gliosarcoma shortly after chemoradiation was initiated. Bulk tumor was collected and gliomasphere cultures derived from both the pre- and post-treatment tumors...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
Yan Song, Kui Jiang, Shuai Su, Bangmao Wang, Guangxia Chen
The current study aimed to summarize the clinical manifestations and identify the epigenetic mechanisms of gastric mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma, as well as evaluate the long-term effects of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication. A total of 122 patients with marginal zone B-cell lymphoma of primary gastric MALT lymphoma were enrolled in the present study. The clinical manifestations of gastric MALT lymphoma, including symptoms, H. pylori state and endoscopic type, were summarized. The response to therapy was evaluated in patients that underwent H...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Zhiqiang Pan, Qun Shan, Pan Gu, Xiao Min Wang, Lydia Wai Tai, Menglan Sun, Xin Luo, Liting Sun, Chi Wai Cheung
BACKGROUND: Chemokine CXC receptor 4 (CXCR4) in spinal glial cells has been implicated in neuropathic pain. However, the regulatory cascades of CXCR4 in neuropathic pain remain elusive. Here, we investigated the functional regulatory role of miRNAs in the pain process and its interplay with CXCR4 and its downstream signaling. METHODS: miRNAs and CXCR4 and its downstream signaling molecules were measured in the spinal cords of mice with sciatic nerve injury via partial sciatic nerve ligation (pSNL)...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
M E Haikalis, J M Wessels, N A Leyland, S K Agarwal, W G Foster
MicroRNA (miRNA), non-coding segments of RNA involved in post-transcriptional regulation of protein expression, are differentially expressed in eutopic endometrium of women with and without endometriosis compared to endometriotic lesions. However, endometriotic lesion types are known to be biochemically distinct and therefore hypothesized that miRNAs are differentially expressed in endometriomas compared to peritoneal and deep-infiltrating lesions. Therefore endometrial biopsies and ectopic implants from women (n = 38) undergoing laparoscopic surgery for chronic pelvic pain were collected...
January 29, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Xue-Tao Yan, Jing-Min Lu, Yu Wang, Xiao-Li Cheng, Xiang-Hu He, Wen-Zhong Zheng, Hu Chen, Yan-Lin Wang
LncRNAs are reported to participate in neuropathic pain development. LncRNA X-inactive specific transcript (XIST) is involved in the progression of various cancers. However, the role of XIST in neuropathic pain remains unclear. In our present study, we established a chronic constriction injury (CCI) rat model and XIST was found to be greatly upregulated both in the spinal cord tissues and in the isolated microglias of CCI rats. Inhibition of XIST inhibited neuropathic pain behaviors including mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Tsung-Ju Wu, Yi-Chin Fong, Chih-Yang Lin, Yuan-Li Huang, Chih-Hsin Tang
Aggrecan is a high molecular weight proteoglycan that plays a critical role in cartilage structure and the function of joints, providing intervertebral disc and cartilage with the ability to resist compressive loads. Aggrecan degradation in articular cartilage is a significant event in early-stage osteoarthritis (OA). Currently, no effective treatment exists for OA other than pain relief. Dextrose (D-glucose) prolotherapy has shown promising activity in the treatment of different musculoskeletal disorders, including OA...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Yuzhou Liu, Le Wang, Jie Lao, Xin Zhao
The present study aimed to perform microRNA (miRNA/miR) expression profiling of the thalamus (T), the anterior cingulate (AC), the dorsal horn of the spinal cord (DHSC) and the blood (B) in post‑complete brachial plexus avulsion (CBPA) pain model, and analyze biological functions. Neuropathic pain was induced in Sprague‑Dawley rats by CBPA. Animal behavioral tests were performed to differentiate the pain and control groups. DHSC, T, AC and B tissues were collected from the two groups for miRNA array analysis...
December 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Shao-Nan Yu, Gui-Feng Liu, Long-Yun Li, Guo-Qing Zhao, Lin Liu, Xue-Feng Li
The study aims to investigate the analgesic effects of microRNA-129-5p (miR-129-5p) on bone cancer pain (BCP) by targeting Eph receptor B1 (EphB1) through the EphB1/EphrinB2 signaling pathway. BCP mice models were established, and C3H/HeJ female mice were classified into the normal, blank, negative control (NC), miR-129-5p mimics, miR-129-5p inhibitors, EphB1 knockout (KO), and miR-129-5p inhibitors + EphB1 KO groups. RT-qPCR and western blotting were used to evaluate miR-129-5p expression, and mRNA and protein expressions of EphB1, p-EphB1, EphrinB2 and p-EphrinB2...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Annamaria Vallelunga, Carmine Berlingieri, Marco Ragusa, Michele Purrello, Maria Rosaria Stabile, Maria Consiglia Calabrese, Julio Cesar Morales-Medina, Beniamino Palmieri, Tommaso Iannitti
This study shows that neuromuscular taping improves gait, balance, pain and ability to walk and conduct daily activities in a multiple sclerosis patient. It is the first study to identify a panel of miRNAs modulated throughout rehabilitation using neuromuscular taping in a multiple sclerosis patient.
December 2017: Clinical Case Reports
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