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2022 Aug 25




Identification of a Partial and Selective TRPV1 Agonist CPIPC for Alleviation of Inflammatory Pain.


Dong L, Zhou Q, Liang Q, Qiao Z, Liu Y, Shao L, Wang K
Molecules. 2022 Aug 25; 27(17).
PMID: 36080196.


Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) is a non-selective cation channel, predominantly expressed in a subset of peripheral sensory neurons for pain signaling. Topical application of agonist capsaicin for desensitizing TRPV1 currents has been approved for relief of chronic pain. However, the potent TRPV1 capsaicin is not ingestible and even topical capsaicin causes common side effects such as skin irritation, swelling, erythema and pruritus, suggesting that a mild TRPV1 agonist might be helpful for reducing side effects while reliving pain. In this study, we reported on a partial and selective TRPV1 agonist 4-(5-chloropyridin-2-yl)–(1-indazol-6-yl)piperazine-1-carboxamide named that was modified based on targeting the residue Arg557, important for conversion between the channel antagonism and agonism. Whole-cell patch clamp recordings indicated a concentration-dependent activation of TRPV1 currents by with an EC of 1.56 ± 0.13 μM. The maximum efficacy of (30 μM) was about 60% of saturated capsaicin (10 μM). Repetitive additions of caused TRPV1 current desensitization in both TRPV1-expressing HEK293 cells and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) sensory neurons. Oral administration of dose-dependently alleviated inflammatory pain in mice. Further site-directed mutagenesis combined with molecular docking revealed that residue Arg557 is critical for TRPV1 activation by . Taken together, we identified a novel partial and selective TRPV1 agonist that exhibits antinociceptive activity in mice.