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Basic Science

Animal Studies, Molecular/Cellular, Neurobiology, Neuromodulation

Neuropathic Pain

2023 Mar 31

Biology (Basel)




Regulation of Expression of Extracellular Matrix Proteins by Differential Target Multiplexed Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and Traditional Low-Rate SCS in a Rat Nerve Injury Model.


Tilley DM, Vallejo R, Vetri F, Platt DC, Cedeño DL


There is limited research on the association between the extracellular matrix (ECM) and chronic neuropathic pain. The objective of this study was twofold. Firstly, we aimed to assess changes in expression levels and the phosphorylation of ECM-related proteins due to the spared nerve injury (SNI) model of neuropathic pain. Secondly, two modalities of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) were compared for their ability to reverse the changes induced by the pain model back toward normal, non-injury levels. We identified 186 proteins as ECM-related and as having significant changes in protein expression among at least one of the four experimental groups. Of the two SCS treatments, the differential target multiplexed programming (DTMP) approach reversed expression levels of 83% of proteins affected by the pain model back to levels seen in uninjured animals, whereas a low-rate (LR-SCS) approach reversed 67%. There were 93 ECM-related proteins identified in the phosphoproteomic dataset, having a combined 883 phosphorylated isoforms. DTMP back-regulated 76% of phosphoproteins affected by the pain model back toward levels found in uninjured animals, whereas LR-SCS back-regulated 58%. This study expands our knowledge of ECM-related proteins responding to a neuropathic pain model as well as providing a better perspective on the mechanism of action of SCS therapy.