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Papers: 11 May 2019 - 17 May 2019

Animal Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development

2019 Jun

Anesth Analg



Attenuation of Unevoked Mechanical and Cold Pain Hypersensitivities Associated With Experimental Neuropathy in Mice by Angiotensin II Type-2 Receptor Antagonism.


Recent findings from a phase II clinical trial showed analgesic effects of an angiotensin II type-2 receptor (AT2R) antagonist in postherpetic neuralgia patients. This study aimed to investigate whether AT2R antagonism could provide effective analgesia in voluntary measures of unevoked/ongoing pain-like behaviors in mice with experimental neuropathy. Mice were subjected to spared nerve injury to induce neuropathy and tested in 2 operant behavioral tests to measure ongoing mechanical and cold pain hypersensitivities. Systemic administration of an AT2R antagonist provided effective analgesia in these behavioral measures of mechanical and cold pain in spared nerve injury mice, suggesting its effectiveness in neuropathic pain.