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Papers: 26 Oct 2019 - 1 Nov 2019

Animal Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development

2019 Dec

Pharmacol Rep



The α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor positive allosteric modulator prevents lipopolysaccharide-induced allodynia, hyperalgesia and TNF-α in the hippocampus in mice.


Previous studies have shown that α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) has a critical role in the regulation of pain sensitivity and neuroinflammation. However, pharmacological effects of α7 nAChR activation in the hippocampus on neuroinflammatory mechanisms associated with allodynia and hyperalgesia remain unknown. We have determined the effects of 3a,4,5,9b-tetrahydro-4-(1-naphthalenyl)-3H-cyclopentan[c]quinoline-8-sulfonamide (TQS), an α7 nAChR positive allosteric modulator, on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced allodynia and hyperalgesia in mice. We also evaluated the effects of TQS on immunoreactivity of microglial marker ionized-calcium binding adaptor molecule 1 (Iba-1), phospho-nuclear factor-κB (p-NF-κB p), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), and norepinephrine (NE) level.