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2023 Nov 17





Annexin A1 exerts analgesic effect in a mouse model of medication overuse headache.


Gong Z, Yang C, Dai W, Miao S, Liu Y, Jiao Z, Li B, Xie W, Zhao W, Han X, Yu S, Dong Z


Medication overuse headache (MOH) is a serious global condition. The interaction between headache attacks and medication overuse complicates the understanding of its pathophysiology. In this study, we developed a preclinical MOH model that incorporates these two key factors by overusing rizatriptan benzoate (RIZ, 4 mg/kg, i.g.) in a glyceryl trinitrate (GTN, 10 mg/kg, i.p.) induced chronic migraine mouse model. We observed that RIZ overuse aggravated GTN-induced cutaneous allodynia and caused a prolonged state of latent sensitization. We also detected a significant upregulation of Annexin-A1 (ANXA1), a protein mainly expressed in the microglia of the spinal trigeminal nucleus caudalis (SPVC), in GTN+RIZ mice. Intracerebroventricular injection of ANXA1-derived peptide Ac2-26 trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) (5 μg/mouse) inhibited bright light stress (BLS) induced acute allodynia via the formyl peptide receptor (FPR) in GTN+RIZ mice. These results suggest that ANXA1 may have an analgesic effect in triptan-associated MOH and could potentially serve as a therapeutic target.