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Papers: 23 Sep 2023 - 29 Sep 2023

Basic Science

Animal Studies, Molecular/Cellular, Neurobiology


2023 Sep 28

Pflugers Arch


The role of acid-sensing ion channels in monosodium urate-induced gouty pain in mice.


Yuan Z, Miao L, Zhang S, Li H, Li G, Zhang G


Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons play an important role in inflammatory pain. The objective of this study is to observe the regulatory role of ASICs in monosodium urate (MSU) crystal-induced gout pain and explore the basis for ASICs in DRG neurons as a target for gout pain treatment. The gout arthritis model was induced by injecting MSU crystals into the ankle joint of mice. The circumference of the ankle joint was used to evaluate the degree of swelling; the von Frey filaments were used to determine the withdrawal threshold of the paw. ASIC currents and action potentials (APs) were recorded by patch clamp technique in DRG neurons. The results displayed that injecting MSU crystals caused ankle edema and mechanical hyperalgesia of the paw, which was relieved after amiloride treatment. The ASIC currents in DRG neurons were increased to a peak on the second day after injecting MSU crystals, which were decreased after amiloride treatment. MSU treatment increased the current density of ASICs in different diameter DRG cells. MSU treatment does not change the characteristics of AP. The results suggest that ASICs in DRG neurons participate in MSU crystal-induced gout pain.