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Human Studies

2020 Jan

Medicine (Baltimore)



Adiponectin receptor 1 gene is potentially associated with severity of postoperative pain but not cancer pain.


Ninagawa J, Sumitani M, Nishizawa D, Nagashima M, Mietani K, Abe H, Inoue R, Hozumi J, Tsuchida R, Ikeda K, Yamada Y
Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Jan; 99(5):e18924.
PMID: 32000405.


Adiponectin is an adipose tissue-derived cytokine that exerts its antiinflammatory effects by binding to 2 adiponectin receptors, adiponectin receptor 1 (ADIPOR1) and adiponectin receptor 2 (ADIPOR2). However, the role of these adiponectin receptors on inflammatory pain remains unclear. We investigated the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of these genes and inflammatory pain, such as postoperative pain and cancer pain.We analyzed 17 SNPs of the ADIPOR1 gene and 27 SNPs of the ADIPOR2 gene in 56 adult patients with postlaparotomy pain. We compared these genotypes with pain intensity and opioid consumption, adjusting for multiple testing. We analyzed the genotypes of 88 patients with cancer pain and examined the association of the relevant SNP(s) with pain intensity and opioid consumption.One variant of the ADIPOR1 gene (rs12045862) showed significant association with postoperative pain intensity; patients with minor allele homozygote (n = 7) demonstrated significantly worse pain intensity than that of combined patient group exhibiting major allele homozygote or the heterozygote (n = 49; Mann-Whitney test, P < .00002), although their opioid consumptions were comparable. Cancer pain intensity between minor allele homozygote patients (n = 7) and other 2 genotype patients (n = 81) were comparable.The rs12045862 SNP of the ADIPOR1 gene was associated with postoperative pain but not cancer pain. This might result from functional alteration of the ADIPOR1 signalling pathways, which influence the inflammatory process. ADIPOR1 may be a novel potential target for developing analgesics of postoperative pain.