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2024 Apr 10

Neuromolecular Med




Circular RNA-GRIN2B Suppresses Neuropathic Pain by Targeting the NF-κB/SLICK Pathway.


Wang K, Shen Z, Peng X, Wu X, Mao L


The role of circular RNAs (circRNAs) in neuropathic pain is linked to the fundamental physiological mechanisms involved. However, the exact function of circRNAs in the context of neuropathic pain is still not fully understood. The functional impact of circGRIN2B on the excitability of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons was investigated using siRNA or overexpression technology in conjunction with fluorescence in situ hybridization and whole-cell patch-clamp technology. The therapeutic efficacy of circGRIN2B in treating neuropathic pain was confirmed by assessing the pain threshold in a chronic constrictive injury (CCI) model. The interaction between circGRIN2B and NF-κB was examined through RNA pulldown, RIP, and mass spectrometry assays. CircGRIN2B knockdown significantly affected the action potential discharge frequency and the sodium-dependent potassium current flux (SLICK) in DRG neurons. Furthermore, knockdown of circGRIN2B dramatically reduced the SLICK channel protein and mRNA expression in vivo and in vitro. Our research confirmed the interaction between circGRIN2B and NF-κB. These findings demonstrated that circGRIN2B promotes the transcription of the SLICK gene by binding to NF-κB. In CCI rat models, the overexpression of circGRIN2B has been shown to hinder the progression of neuropathic pain, particularly by reducing mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia. Additionally, this upregulation significantly diminished the levels of the inflammatory cytokines IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α in the DRG. Upon reviewing these findings, it was determined that circGRIN2B may mitigate the onset of neuropathic pain by modulating the NF-κB/SLICK pathway.