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2021 May

Sichuan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban



[Carbon Monoxide and Pain Regulation: A Review].


Zheng Z-Y, Jin Y-M, Jin S-Y, Ke B-W
Sichuan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2021 May; 52(3):396-401.
PMID: 34018356.


Carbon monoxide (CO) is an endogenous gasotransmitter produced by the degradation of heme in the presence of heme oxygenase (HO) in mammals. It has been demonstrated that CO participates in a variety of physiological activities and pathological processes, and is closely related to cell protection and homeostasis maintenance in organ tissues. It has been shown by a growing number of studies that CO may play a regulatory and interventional role in the process of the occurrence and development of pain through a variety of mechanisms of action. However, its mechanism of action is still not fully understood and the uncontrollable factors concerning CO administration also placed considerable limitation to its application. This paper reviews the potential targets and pathways of CO in pain regulation and discusses the challenges and opportunities in the clinical application of CO in order to provide suggestions for further exploration and development of CO analgesics.