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2024 May 07

J Neuroinflammation




Implication of system Xc- in neuroinflammation during the onset and maintenance of neuropathic pain.


Beckers P, Belo Do Nascimento I, Charlier M, Desmet N, Massie A, Hermans E


Despite the high prevalence of neuropathic pain, treating this neurological disease remains challenging, given the limited efficacy and numerous side effects associated with current therapies. The complexity in patient management is largely attributed to an incomplete understanding of the underlying pathological mechanisms. Central sensitization, that refers to the adaptation of the central nervous system to persistent inflammation and heightened excitatory transmission within pain pathways, stands as a significant contributor to persistent pain. Considering the role of the cystine/glutamate exchanger (also designated as system Xc-) in modulating glutamate transmission and in supporting neuroinflammatory responses, we investigated the contribution of this exchanger in the development of neuropathic pain.