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Basic Science

Animal Studies, Molecular/Cellular, Pharmacology/Drug Development

Neuropathic Pain

2023 Feb 15





The Constitutive Activity of Spinal 5-HT Receptors Contributes to Diabetic Neuropathic Pain in Rats.


Mokhtar N, Drop M, Jacquot F, Lamoine S, Chapuy E, Prival L, Aissouni Y, Canale V, Lamaty F, Zajdel P, Marin P, Doly S, Courteix C


Diabetic neuropathy is often associated with chronic pain. Serotonin type 6 (5-HT) receptor ligands, particularly inverse agonists, have strong analgesic potential and may be new candidates for treating diabetic neuropathic pain and associated co-morbid cognitive deficits. The current study addressed the involvement of 5-HT receptor constitutive activity and mTOR signaling in an experimental model of diabetic neuropathic pain induced by streptozocin (STZ) injection in the rat. Here, we show that mechanical hyperalgesia and associated cognitive deficits are suppressed by the administration of 5-HT receptor inverse agonists or rapamycin. The 5-HT receptor ligands also reduced tactile allodynia in traumatic and toxic neuropathic pain induced by spinal nerve ligation and oxaliplatin injection. Furthermore, both painful and co-morbid cognitive symptoms in diabetic rats are reduced by intrathecal delivery of a cell-penetrating peptide that disrupts 5-HT receptor-mTOR physical interaction. These findings demonstrate the deleterious influence of the constitutive activity of spinal 5-HT receptors upon painful and cognitive symptoms in diabetic neuropathic pains of different etiologies. They suggest that targeting the constitutive activity of 5-HT receptors with inverse agonists or disrupting the 5-HT receptor-mTOR interaction might be valuable strategies for the alleviation of diabetic neuropathic pain and cognitive co-morbidities.