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2020 May 25

Pharmacol Res

Role of 5-HT receptors in neuropathic pain: potential therapeutic implications.


Liu Q, Yao X, Gao S, Li R, Li B, Yang W, Cui R
Pharmacol Res. 2020 May 25:104949.
PMID: 32464329.


5-HT plays a crucial role in the progress and adjustment of pain both centrally and peripherally. The therapeutic action of the 5-HT receptors` agonist and antagonist in neuropathic pain have been widely reported in many studies. However, the specific roles of 5-HT subtype receptors have not been reviewed comprehensively. Therefore, we summarized the recent findings on multiple subtypes of 5-HT receptors in both central and peripheral nervous system in neuropathic pain, particularly, 5-HT1, 5-HT2, 5-HT3 and 5-HT7 receptors. In addition, 5-HT4, 5-HT5 and 5-HT6 receptors were also reviewed. Most of studies focused on the function of 5-HT subtype receptors in spinal level compared to brain areas. Based on these evidences, the pain process can be facilitated or inhibited that depending on the specific subtypes and the distribution of 5-HT receptors. Therefore, this review may provide potential therapeutic implications in treatment of neuropathic pain.