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Basic Science

Animal Studies, Molecular/Cellular, Neurobiology

Cancer Pain, Neuropathic Pain

2023 Mar 11

Int J Mol Sci




Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Alleviates Paclitaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Involving Suppressing TLR4-MyD88-NF-κB Signaling Pathway.


Wang SH, Huang SH, Hsieh MC, Lu IC, Chou PR, Tai MH, Wu SH


Paclitaxel (PAC) results in long-term chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). The coexpression of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) and Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in the nervous system plays an essential role in mediating CIPN. In this study, we used a TLR4 agonist (lipopolysaccharide, LPS) and a TLR4 antagonist (TAK-242) in the CIPN rat model to investigate the role of TLR4-MyD88 signaling in the antinociceptive effects of hyper-baric oxygen therapy (HBOT). All rats, except a control group, received PAC to induce CIPN. Aside from the PAC group, four residual groups were treated with either LPS or TAK-242, and two of them received an additional one-week HBOT (PAC/LPS/HBOT and PAC/TAK-242/HBOT group). Mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia were then assessed. The expressions of TRPV1, TLR4 and its downstream signaling molecule, MyD88, were investigated. The mechanical and thermal tests revealed that HBOT and TAK-242 alleviated behavioral signs of CIPN. Immunofluorescence in the spinal cord dorsal horn and dorsal root ganglion revealed that TLR4 overexpression in PAC- and PAC/LPS-treated rats was significantly downregulated after HBOT and TAK-242. Additionally, Western blots showed a significant reduction in TLR4, TRPV1, MyD88 and NF-κB. Therefore, we suggest that HBOT may alleviate CIPN by modulating the TLR4-MyD88-NF-κB pathway.