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2020 Jun 12

Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev


Bone-Marrow-Derived Mononuclear Cells Relieve Neuropathic Pain after Spinal Nerve Injury in Mice.


Takamura H, Terashima T, Mori K, Katagi M, Okano J, Suzuki Y, Imai S, Kojima H
Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2020 Jun 12; 17:657-665.
PMID: 32322604.


Treating neuropathic pain is a critical clinical issue. Although numerous therapies have been proposed, effective treatments have not been established. Therefore, safe and feasible treatment methods are urgently needed. In this study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of autologous intrathecal administration of bone-marrow-derived mononuclear cells (MNCs) on neuropathic pain. We generated a mouse model of neuropathic pain by transecting the spinal nerve and evaluated neuropathic pain by measuring the mechanical threshold in the following 14 days. Mice in the MNC injection group had a higher mechanical threshold than those in the buffer group. We assessed the effect of MNC treatment on the dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord by immunohistochemistry, mRNA expression, and cytokine assay. The migration and accumulation of microglia were significantly suppressed in the MNC group, and the mRNA expression of inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1β, and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) was markedly downregulated. Furthermore, MNC administration tended to suppress various cytokines in the cerebrospinal fluid of the model mice. In conclusion, our results suggest that intrathecal injection of MNCs relieves neuropathic pain and might be a promising cell therapy for the treatment of this condition.