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Papers: 2 Sep 2023 - 8 Sep 2023


Molecular/Cellular, Neurobiology, Pharmacology/Drug Development

Cancer Pain, Musculoskeletal Pain


Front Mol Neurosci



Ion channels in cancer-induced bone pain: from molecular mechanisms to clinical applications.


Lu HJ, Wu XB, Wei QQ


Cancer-induced bone pain (CIBP) caused by bone metastasis is one of the most prevalent diseases, and current treatments rely primarily on opioids, which have significant side effects. However, recent developments in pharmaceutical science have identified several new mechanisms for CIBP, including the targeted modification of certain ion channels and receptors. Ion channels are transmembrane proteins, which are situated on biological cell membranes, which facilitate passive transport of inorganic ions across membranes. They are involved in various physiological processes, including transmission of pain signals in the nervous system. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the role of ion channels in chronic pain, including CIBP. Therefore, in this review, we summarize the current literature on ion channels, related receptors, and drugs and explore the mechanism of CIBP. Targeting ion channels and regulating their activity might be key to treating pain associated with bone cancer and offer new treatment avenues.