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2023 Feb 02

Adv Sci (Weinh)

Neuronal C-Reactive Protein/FcγRI Positive Feedback Proinflammatory Signaling Contributes to Nerve Injury Induced Neuropathic Pain.


Liu F, Zhang L, Su S, Fang Y, Yin X-S, Cui H, Sun J, Xie Y, Ma C
Adv Sci (Weinh). 2023 Feb 02:e2205397.
PMID: 36727833.


Neuropathic pain is difficult to treat in clinical practice, and the underlying mechanisms are insufficiently elucidated. Previous studies have demonstrated that the neuronal Fc-gamma-receptor type I (FcγRI) of the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) mediates antigen-specific pain. However, the mechanisms of neuronal FcγRI in neuropathic pain remain to be explored. Here, it is found that the activation of FcγRI-related signals in primary neurons induces neuropathic pain in a rat model. This work first reveals that sciatic nerve injury persistently activates neuronal FcγRI-related signaling in the DRG, and conditional knockout (CKO) of the FcγRI-encoding gene Fcgr1 in rat DRG neurons significantly alleviates neuropathic pain after nerve injury. C-reactive protein (CRP) is increased in the DRG after nerve injury, and CRP protein of the DRG evokes pain by activating neuronal FcγRI-related signals. Furthermore, microinjection of naive IgG into the DRG alleviates neuropathic pain by suppressing the activation of neuronal FcγRI. These results indicate that the activation of neuronal CRP/FcγRI-related signaling plays an important role in the development of neuropathic pain in chronic constriction injury (CCI) rats. The findings may provide novel insights into the neuroimmune responses after peripheral nerve injury and suggest potential therapeutic targets for neuropathic pain.