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Papers: 8 Jan 2022 - 14 Jan 2022


J Pain Res


Differential Expression of Long Non-Coding RNAs and Their Role in Rodent Neuropathic Pain Models.



Neuropathic pain, which is accompanied by an unpleasant sensation, affects the patient's quality of life severely. Considering the complexity of the neuropathic pain, there are huge unmet medical needs for it while current effective therapeutics remain far from satisfactory. Accordingly, exploration of mechanisms of neuropathic pain could provide new therapeutic insights. While numerous researches have pointed out the contribution of sensory neuron-immune cell interactions, other mechanisms of action, such as long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), also could contribute to the neuropathic pain observed in vivo. LncRNAs have more than 200 nucleotides and were originally considered as transcriptional byproducts. However, recent studies have suggested that lncRNAs played a significant role in gene regulation and disease pathogenesis. A substantial number of long non-coding RNAs were expressed differentially in neuropathic pain models. Besides, therapies targeting specific lncRNAs can significantly ameliorate the development of neuropathic pain, which reveals the contribution of lncRNAs in the generation and maintenance of neuropathic pain and provides a new therapeutic strategy. The primary purpose of this review is to introduce recent studies of lncRNAs on different neuropathic pain models.