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Papers: 2 Feb 2019 - 8 Feb 2019

Animal Studies

2019 Jan-Dec

Mol Pain


Calcitonin gene-related peptide potentiated the excitatory transmission and network propagation in the anterior cingulate cortex of adult mice.



The neuropeptide of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) plays critical roles in chronic pain, especially in migraine. Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization studies have shown that CGRP and its receptors are expressed in cortical areas including pain perception related prefrontal anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). However, less information is available for the functional roles of CGRP in cortical regions such as the ACC. Recent studies have consistently demonstrated that long-term potentiation (LTP) is a key cellular mechanism for chronic pain in the ACC. In the present study, we used 64-electrode array field recording system to investigate the effect of CGRP on excitatory transmission in the ACC. We found that CGRP induced potentiation of synaptic transmission in a dose-dependently manner (1, 10, 50, and 100 nM). CGRP also recruited inactive circuit in the ACC. An application of the calcitonin receptor-like receptor antagonist CGRP8-37 blocked CGRP-induced chemical LTP and the recruitment of inactive channels. CGRP-induced LTP was also blocked by NMDA receptor antagonist AP-5. Consistently, application of CGRP increased NMDA receptor mediated excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs). Finally, we found that CGRP-induced LTP requires activation of calcium-stimulated adenylyl cyclase subtype 1 (AC1) and PKA. Genetic deletion of AC1 using AC1-/- mice, an AC1 inhibitor NB001 or a PKA inhibitor KT5720 all reduced or blocked CGRP induced potentiation. Our results provide direct evidence that CGRP may contribute to synaptic potentiation in important physiological and pathological conditions in the ACC, an AC1 inhibitor NB001 may be beneficial for the treatment of chronic headache.