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Animal Studies

2020 May 28

J Appl Physiol (1985)

ASICs are required for immediate exercise-induced muscle pain and are downregulated in sensory neurons by exercise training.


Khataei T, Harding A MS, Janahmadi M, El-Geneidy M, Agha-Alinejad H, Rajabi H, Snyder PM, Sluka KA, Benson CJ
J Appl Physiol (1985). 2020 May 28.
PMID: 32463731.


Exercise training is an effective therapy for many pain-related conditions, and trained athletes have lower pain perception compared to unconditioned people. Some painful conditions, including strenuous exercise, are associated with elevated levels of protons, metabolites and inflammatory factors, which may activate receptors and/or ion channels, including acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs), on nociceptive sensory neurons. We hypothesized that ASICs are required for immediate exercise-induced muscle pain (IEIP), and that exercise training diminishes IEIP by modulating ASICs within muscle afferents. We found high-intensity interval training (HIIT) reduced IEIP in C57BL/6 mice, diminished ASICs mRNA levels in lumber dorsal root ganglia (DRG), and this downregulation of ASICs correlated with improved exercise capacity. Additionally, we found that ASIC3 -/- mice did not develop IEIP, however the exercise capacity of ASIC3 -/- was similar to wild-type mice. These results suggest that ASICs are required for IEIP, and that diminishment of IEIP after exercise training correlates with downregulation of ASICs in sensory neurons.