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Animal Studies


2022 Mar 04




Satellite Glial Cells and Neurons in Trigeminal Ganglia Are Altered in an Itch Model in Mice.


Cohen M, Feldman-Goriachnik R, Hanani M
Cells. 2022 Mar 04; 11(5).
PMID: 35269508.


Itch (pruritus) is a common chronic condition with a lifetime prevalence of over 20%. The mechanisms underlying itch are poorly understood, and its therapy is difficult. There is recent evidence that following nerve injury or inflammation, intercellular communications in sensory ganglia are augmented, which may lead to abnormal neuronal activity, and hence to pain, but there is no information whether such changes take place in an itch model. We studied changes in neurons and satellite glial cells (SGCs) in trigeminal ganglia in an itch model in mice using repeated applications of 2,4,6-trinitro-1-chlorobenzene (TNCB) to the external ear over a period of 11 days. Treated mice showed augmented scratching behavior as compared with controls during the application period and for several days afterwards. Immunostaining for the activation marker glial fibrillary acidic protein in SGCs was greater by about 35% after TNCB application, and gap junction-mediated coupling between neurons increased from about 2% to 13%. The injection of gap junction blockers reduced scratching behavior, suggesting that gap junctions contribute to itch. Calcium imaging studies showed increased responses of SGCs to the pain (and presumed itch) mediator ATP. We conclude that changes in both neurons and SGCs in sensory ganglia may play a role in itch.