I am a
Home I AM A Search Login

Papers of the Week

Papers: 17 Sep 2022 - 23 Sep 2022

2022 Sep 17


Fluoxetine reverses hyperactivity of anterior cingulate cortex and attenuates chronic stress-induced hyperalgesia.


Qi M, Li C, Li J, Zhu X-N, Lu C, Luo H, Feng Y, Cai F, Sun X, Li S-T, Hu J, Luo Y
Neuropharmacology. 2022 Sep 17:109259.
PMID: 36126726.


Somatic symptom disorder (SSD), which occurs in about 5-7 percent of the adult population, involves heightened physical and emotional sensitivity to pain. However, its neural mechanism remains elusive and thus hinders effective clinical intervention. In this study, we employed chronic restraint stress (CRS)-induced hyperalgesia as a mouse model to investigate the neural mechanism underlying SSD and its pharmacological treatment. We found that CRS induced hyperactivity of anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), whereas chemogenetic inhibition of such hyperactivity could prevent CRS-induced hyperalgesia. Systematic application and ACC local infusion of fluoxetine alleviated CRS-induced hyperalgesia. Moreover, we found that fluoxetine exerted its anti-hyperalgesic effects through inhibiting the hyperactivity of ACC and upregulating 5-HT1A receptors. Our study thus uncovers the functional role of 5-HT signaling in modulating pain sensation and provides a neural basis for developing precise clinical intervention for SSD.