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Papers: 26 Oct 2019 - 1 Nov 2019

Animal Studies

2020 Apr

J Neurochem



Cyclic AMP dependent positive feedback signaling pathways in the cortex contributes to visceral pain.


Liu S-B, Wang X-S, Yue J, Yang L, Li X-H, Hu L-N, Lu J-S, Song Q, Zhang K, Yang Q, Zhang M-M, Matteo B, Zhao M-G, Zhuo M
J Neurochem. 2020 Apr; 153(2):252-263.
PMID: 31665810.


Cortical areas including the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) play critical roles in different types of chronic pain. Most of previous studies focus on the sensory inputs from somatic areas, and less information about plastic changes in the cortex for visceral pain. In this study, chronic visceral pain animal model was established by injection with zymosan into the colon of adult male C57/BL6 mice. Whole cell patch-clamp recording, behavioral tests, Western blot, and Cannulation and ACC microinjection were employed to explore the role of adenylyl cyclase 1 (AC1) in the ACC of C57/BL6 and AC1 knock out (AC1 KO) mice. Integrative approaches were used to investigate possible changes of neuronal adenylyl cyclase 1 (AC1) in the ACC after the injury. We found that AC1, a key enzyme for pain-related cortical plasticity, was significantly increased in the ACC in an animal model of irritable bowel syndrome. Inhibiting AC1 activity by a selective AC1 inhibitor NB001 significantly reduced the upregulation of AC1 protein in the ACC. Furthermore, we found that AC1 is required for NMDA GluN2B receptor upregulation and increases of NMDA receptor-mediated currents. These results suggest that AC1 may form a positive regulation in the cortex during chronic visceral pain. Our findings demonstrate that the upregulation of AC1 protein in the cortex may underlie the pathology of chronic visceral pain; and inhibiting AC1 activity may be beneficial for the treatment of visceral pain.