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2023 Jan 01

Transl Neurosci




EGCG promotes the sensory function recovery in rats after dorsal root crush injury by upregulating KAT6A and inhibiting pyroptosis.


Wang J, Yu Z, Hu Y, Li F, Huang X, Zhao X, Tang Y, Fang S, Tang Y


Dorsal root injury usually leads to irreversible sensory function loss and lacks effective treatments. (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is reported to exert neuroprotective roles in the nervous systems. However, the function of EGCG in treating dorsal root injury remains unclear. Hence, we built the dorsal root crush injury (DRCI) rat model to be treated with EGCG, followed by the western blot, Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and sensory behavior tests. We observed that EGCG can upregulate the Lysine acetyltransferase 6A (KAT6A) level and inhibit the pyroptosis, indicated by downregulated gasdermin-D, caspase-1, and interleukin 18 protein levels, and alleviate the neuropathic pain, indicated by the decreased paw withdraw threshold in Plantar test and decreased paw withdraw latency in von Frey test, and downregulated calcitonin gene-related peptide, nerve growth factor, and c-Fos protein levels. But EGCG cannot alleviate the neuropathic pain when the KAT6A was inhibited by CTX-0124143 and pyroptosis was activated by Miltirone. These combined results indicated that EGCG can promote the sensory function recovery in rats after DRCI via upregulating KAT6A and inhibiting pyroptosis, laying the foundation for EGCG to be a novel candidate for the treatment of dorsal root injury.