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Basic Science

Animal Studies, In Silico Studies, Molecular/Cellular, Pharmacology/Drug Development

Cancer Pain, Inflammation/Inflammatory, Neuropathic Pain

2023 Jun 27

ACS Omega




Involvement of the Opioidergic Mechanism in the Analgesic Potential of a Novel Indazolone Derivative: Efficacy in the Management of Pain, Neuropathy, and Inflammation Using In Vivo and In Silico Approaches.


Ullah Q, Ali Z, Rashid U, Ali G, Ahmad N, Khan R, Ullah S, Ayaz M, Murthy HCA


Indazolones possess interesting pharmacological activities. The search for indazole and indazolone-containing nuclei as drugs is an important research area of medicinal chemistry. The current work aims to evaluate a novel indazolone derivative against and targets of pain, neuropathy, and inflammation. An indazolone derivative (ID) was synthesized and characterized using advanced spectroscopic techniques. Well-established animal models of abdominal constriction, hot plate, tail immersion, carrageenan paw edema, and Brewer’s yeast-induced pyrexia were employed for evaluating the potential of the ID at different doses (20-60 mg kg). Nonselective GABA antagonists, opioid antagonist naloxone (NLX) and pentylenetetrazole (PTZ), were employed to assess the potential role of GABAergic and opioidergic processes. The antineuropathic potential of the drug was evaluated using a vincristine-induced neuropathic pain model. studies were performed to assess any possible interactions of the ID with pain target sites like cyclooxygenases (COX-I/II), GABA, and opioid receptors. This study revealed that the selected ID (doses of 20-60 mg kg) efficiently hampered chemically and thermally induced nociceptive responses, producing significant anti-inflammatory and antipyretic effects. These effects produced by the ID were dose-dependent (i.e., 20-60 mg kg and range of 0.001-0.01) and significant in comparison to standards ( < 0.001). Antagonistic studies with NLX (1.0 mg kg) and PTZ (15.0 mg kg) revealed the involvement of the opioidergic mechanism rather than the GABAergic mechanism. The ID showed promising anti-static allodynia effects as well. studies revealed preferential binding interactions of the ID with cyclooxygenases (COX-I/II), GABA, and opioid receptors. According to the results of the current investigation, the ID may serve in the future as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of pyrexia, chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain, and nociceptive inflammatory pain.