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Animal Studies

2020 Jan-Dec

Mol Pain


ASIC3 inhibition modulates inflammation-induced changes in the activity and sensitivity of Aδ and C fiber sensory neurons that innervate bone.


Morgan M, Thai J, Trinh P, Habib M, Effendi KN, Ivanusic JJ
Mol Pain. 2020 Jan-Dec; 16:1744806920975950.
PMID: 33280501.


The Acid Sensing Ion Channel 3 (ASIC3) is a non-selective cation channel that is activated by acidification, and is known to have a role in regulating inflammatory pain. It has pro-algesic roles in a range of conditions that present with bone pain, but the mechanism for this has not yet been demonstrated. We aimed to determine if ASIC3 is expressed in Aδ and/or C fiber bone afferent neurons, and to explore its role in the activation and sensitization of bone afferent neurons after acute inflammation. A combination of retrograde tracing and immunohistochemistry was used to determine expression of ASIC3 in the soma of bone afferent neurons. A novel, electrophysiological bone-nerve preparation was used to make recordings of the activity and sensitivity of bone afferent neurons in the presence of carrageenan-induced inflammation, with and without the selective ASIC3 inhibitor APET×2. A substantial proportion of bone afferent neurons express ASIC3, including unmyelinated (neurofilament poor) and small diameter myelinated (neurofilament rich) neurons that are likely to be C and Aδ nerve fibers respectively. Electrophysiological recordings revealed that application of APET×2 to the marrow cavity inhibited carrageenan-induced spontaneous activity of C and Aδ fiber bone afferent neurons. APET×2 also inhibited carrageenan-induced sensitization of Aδ and C fiber bone afferent neurons to mechanical stimulation, but had no effect on the sensitivity of bone afferent neurons in the absence of inflammation. This evidence supports a role for ASIC3 in the pathogenesis of pain associated with inflammation of the bone.