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Papers: 21 Jan 2023 - 3 Feb 2023


J Pain Res


The Preemptive Analgesic Effect of Capsaicin Involves Attenuations of Epidermal Keratinocytes Proliferation and Expression of Pro-Inflammatory Mediators After Plantar Incision in Rats.


Subcutaneous infiltration of capsaicin, which initially activates transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) receptors, can subsequently desensitize TRPV1-expressing nociceptors and induce analgesia in different pain models. Yet, whether the modulation of keratinocytes may also contribute to the analgesic action of capsaicin treatment remains unclear. In a rat model of postoperative pain, we tested the hypothesis that subcutaneous injection of capsaicin inhibited the proliferation of epidermal keratinocytes and their expression of pronociceptive inflammatory mediators after plantar incision.