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2019 Oct




The neuroprotective effects of micronized PEA (PEA-m) formulation on diabetic peripheral neuropathy in mice.


Impellizzeri D, Peritore A F, Cordaro M, Gugliandolo E, Siracusa R, Crupi R, D'Amico R, Fusco R, Evangelista M, Cuzzocrea S, Paola R D
FASEB J. 2019 Oct; 33(10):11364-11380.
PMID: 31344333.


Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a complication of diabetes connected with morbidity and mortality. DPN presents deterioration of peripheral nerves with pain, feebleness, and loss of sensation. Particular medications might display their remedial potential by controlling neuroinflammation. Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is an autacoid local injury antagonist distinguished for its neuroprotective, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties in numerous experimental models of neuroinflammation. Based on these findings, the goal of this work was to better test the neuroprotective effects of a formulation of micronized PEA (PEA-m) and the probable mechanism of action in a mouse model of DPN induced by streptozotocin (STZ) injection. Diabetic and control animals received PEA-m (10 mg/kg) by oral gavage daily starting 2 wk from STZ injection. After 16 wk, the animals were euthanized, and blood, urine, spinal cord, and sciatic nerve tissues were collected. Our results demonstrated that after diabetes induction, PEA-m was able to reduce mechanical, thermal hyperalgesia, and motor alterations as well as reduce mast cell activation and nerve growth factor expression. In addition, PEA-m decreased neural histologic damage, oxidative and nitrosative stress, cytokine release, angiogenesis, and apoptosis. Moreover, spinal microglia activation (IBA-1), phospho-P38 MAPK, and nuclear factor NF-κB inflammatory pathways were also inhibited. The protective effects of PEA-m could be correlated at least in part to peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α activation. In summary, we demonstrated that PEA-m represents a new therapeutic strategy for neuroinflammation pain associated with mixed neuropathies.-Impellizzeri, D., Peritore, A. F., Cordaro, M., Gugliandolo, E., Siracusa, R., Crupi, R., D'Amico, R., Fusco, R., Evangelista, M., Cuzzocrea, S., Di Paola, R. The neuroprotective effects of micronized PEA (PEA-m) formulation on diabetic peripheral neuropathy in mice.