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Papers: 20 May 2023 - 26 May 2023

Basic Science

Animal Studies, Neurobiology, Pharmacology/Drug Development

Inflammation/Inflammatory, Neuropathic Pain


Neurobiol Pain



Pregabalin attenuates long-lasting post-inflammatory nociplastic mechanical sensitization in mice.


Yajima M, Takahashi Y, Sugimura YK, Kato F


Nociplastic pain, the most recently proposed mechanistic descriptor of chronic pain, is the pain resulting from an altered nociceptive system and network without clear evidence of nociceptor activation, injury or disease in the somatosensory system. As the pain-associated symptoms in many patients suffering from undiagnosed pain would result from the nociplastic mechanisms, it is an urgent issue to develop pharmaceutical therapies that would mitigate the aberrant nociception in nociplastic pain. We have recently reported that a single injection of formalin to the upper lip shows sustained sensitization lasting for more than 12 days at the bilateral hindpaws, where there is no injury or neuropathy in rats. Using the equivalent model in mice, we show that pregabalin (PGB), a drug used for treating neuropathic pain, significantly attenuates this formalin-induced widespread sensitization at the bilateral hindpaws, even on the 6 day after the initial single orofacial injection of formalin. On the 10th day after formalin injection, the hindlimb sensitization before PGB injection was no more significant in mice receiving daily PGB injections, unlike those receiving daily vehicle injections. This result suggests that PGB would act on the central pain mechanisms that undergo nociplastic changes triggered by initial inflammation and mitigate widespread sensitization resulting from the established changes.