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Pharmacology/Drug Development

2022 Nov 16

Int J Mol Sci



Silencing P2X7R Alleviates Diabetic Neuropathic Pain Involving TRPV1 via PKCε/P38MAPK/NF-κB Signaling Pathway in Rats.


Chen L, Wang H, Xing J, Shi X, Huang H, Huang J, Xu C
Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Nov 16; 23(22).
PMID: 36430617.


Transient receptor potential vanillic acid 1 (TRPV1) is an ion channel activated by heat and inflammatory factors involved in the development of various types of pain. The P2X7 receptor is in the P2X family and is associated with pain mediated by satellite glial cells. There might be some connection between the P2X7 receptor and TRPV1 in neuropathic pain in diabetic rats. A type 2 diabetic neuropathic pain rat model was induced using high glucose and high-fat diet for 4 weeks and low-dose streptozocin (35 mg/kg) intraperitoneal injection to destroy islet B cells. Male Sprague Dawley rats were administrated by intrathecal injection of P2X7 shRNA and p38 inhibitor, and we recorded abnormal mechanical and thermal pain and nociceptive hyperalgesia. One week later, the dorsal root ganglia from the L4-L6 segment of the spinal cord were harvested for subsequent experiments. We measured pro-inflammatory cytokines, examined the relationship between TRPV1 on neurons and P2X7 receptor on satellite glial cells by measuring protein and transcription levels of P2X7 receptor and TRPV1, and measured protein expression in the PKCε/P38 MAPK/NF-κB signaling pathway after intrathecal injection. P2X7 shRNA and p38 inhibitor relieved hyperalgesia in diabetic neuropathic pain rats and modulated inflammatory factors in vivo. P2X7 shRNA and P38 inhibitors significantly reduced TRPV1 expression by downregulating the PKCε/P38 MAPK/NF-κB signaling pathway and inflammatory factors in dorsal root ganglia. Intrathecal injection of P2X7 shRNA alleviates nociceptive reactions in rats with diabetic neuropathic pain involving TRPV1 via PKCε/P38 MAPK/NF-κB signaling pathway.