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Papers: 2 Mar 2024 - 7 Mar 2024

2024 Mar

J Cell Mol Med




CDDO regulates central and peripheral sensitization to attenuate post-herpetic neuralgia by targeting TRPV1/PKC-δ/p-Akt signals.


Lu CC, Lin CY, Lu YY, Tsai HP, Lin CL, Wu CH


Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a notorious neuropathic pain featuring persistent profound mechanical hyperalgesia with significant negative impact on patients’ life quality. CDDO can regulate inflammatory response and programmed cell death. Its derivative also protects neurons from damages by modulating microglia activities. As a consequence of central and peripheral sensitization, applying neural blocks may benefit to minimize the risk of PHN. This study aimed to explore whether CDDO could generate analgesic action in a PHN-rats’ model. The behavioural test was determined by calibrated forceps testing. The number of apoptotic neurons and degree of glial cell reaction were assessed by immunofluorescence assay. Activation of PKC-δ and the phosphorylation of Akt were measured by western blots. CDDO improved PHN by decreasing TRPV1-positive nociceptive neurons, the apoptotic neurons, and reversed glial cell reaction in adult rats. It also suppressed the enhanced PKC-δ and p-Akt signalling in the sciatic nerve, dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and spinal dorsal horn. Our research is the promising report demonstrating the analgesic and neuroprotective action of CDDO in a PHN-rat’s model by regulating central and peripheral sensitization targeting TRPV1, PKC-δ and p-Akt. It also is the first study to elucidate the role of oligodendrocyte in PHN.