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Animal Studies

2021 Feb 22

Eur J Pain

Role of the endocannabinoid system in a mouse model of Fragile X undergoing neuropathic pain.


Ramírez-López Á, Pastor A, de la Torre R, La Porta C, Ozaita A, Cabañero D, Maldonado R
Eur J Pain. 2021 Feb 22.
PMID: 33619843.


Neuropathic pain is a complex condition characterized by sensory, cognitive and affective symptoms that magnify the perception of pain. The underlying pathogenic mechanisms are largely unknown and there is an urgent need for the development of novel medications. The endocannabinoid system modulates pain perception and drugs targeting the cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) devoid of psychoactive side effects could emerge as novel analgesics. An interesting model to evaluate the mechanisms underlying resistance to pain is the fragile X mental retardation protein knockout mouse (Fmr1KO), a model of fragile X syndrome that exhibits nociceptive deficits and fails to develop neuropathic pain.