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2024 Feb 16





DExH-box helicase 9 modulates hippocampal synapses and regulates neuropathic pain.


Yang L, Liu Q, Zhao Y, Lin N, Huang Y, Wang Q, Yang K, Wei R, Li X, Zhang M, Hao L, Wang H, Pan Z


Experimental studies have shown that neuropathic pain impairs hippocampal synaptic plasticity. Here, we sought to determine the underlying mechanisms responsible for synaptic changes in neuropathic painful mouse hippocampal neurons. Beyond demonstrating proof-of-concept for the location of DExH-box helicase 9 (DHX9) in the nucleus, we found that it did exist in the cytoplasm and DHX9 depletion resulted in structural and functional changes at synapses in the hippocampus. A decrease of DHX9 was observed in the hippocampus after peripheral nerve injury; overexpression of DHX9 in the hippocampus significantly alleviated the nociceptive responses and improved anxiety behaviors. Mimicking DHX9 decrease evoked spontaneous pain behavioral symptoms and anxiety emotion in naïve mice. Mechanistically, we found that DHX9 bound to () mRNA, which may have altered the level of synaptic- and dendritic-associated proteins. The data suggest that DHX9 contributes to synapses in hippocampal neurons and may modulate neuropathic pain and its comorbidity aversive emotion.