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Papers: 4 Jan 2020 - 10 Jan 2020

Animal Studies

2020 01




METTL3 regulates inflammatory pain by modulating mA-dependent pri-miR-365-3p processing.


Zhang C, Wang Y, Peng Y, Xu H, Zhou X
FASEB J. 2020 01; 34(1):122-132.
PMID: 31914601.


N-methyladenosine (mA) modification in RNA has been implicated in diverse biological processes. However, very little is currently known about its role in nociceptive modulation. Here, we found that the level of spinal mA modification was significantly increased in a mouse model of Complete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA)-induced chronic inflammatory pain, which was accompanied with the augmentation of methyltransferase-like 3 (METTL3) expression in the spinal cord. Knockdown of spinal METTL3 prevented and reversed CFA-induced pain behaviors and spinal neuronal sensitization. In contrast, overexpression of spinal METTL3 produced pain behaviors and neuronal sensitization in naive mice. Moreover, we found that METTL3 positively modulated the pri-miR-65-3p processing in a microprocessor protein DiGeorge critical region 8-dependent manner. Collectively, our findings reveal an important role of METTL3-mediated mA modification in nociceptive sensitization and provide a novel perspective on mA modification in the development of pathological pain.