These authors contributed equally to this work.
P2X7 receptor in the trigeminal sensory nuclear complex contributes to tactile allodynia/hyperalgesia following trigeminal nerve injury
Article first published online: 3 AUG 2012
© 2012 European Federation of International Association for the Study of Pain Chapters
European Journal of Pain
Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 185–199, February 2013
How to Cite
Ito, G., Suekawa, Y., Watanabe, M., Takahashi, K., Inubushi, T., Murasaki, K., Hirose, N., Hiyama, S., Uchida, T. and Tanne, K. (2013), P2X7 receptor in the trigeminal sensory nuclear complex contributes to tactile allodynia/hyperalgesia following trigeminal nerve injury. European Journal of Pain, 17: 185–199. doi: 10.1002/j.1532-2149.2012.00174.x
This study was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (22592039) from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.
Conflict of interest
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 3 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 MAY 2012
- Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. Grant Number: 22592039
The present study directly addresses the roles of the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R), an ionotropic adenosine triphosphate (ATP) receptor, and cytokines in the induction of orofacial pain following chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the infraorbital nerve (IoN).
Rats were anesthetized, and ligatures of 4-0 chromic gut were tied around the IoN. A438079, a P2X7R antagonist or SB203580, a phosphorylated (p)-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitor, was infused intrathecally into CCI-treated rats. In another group of rats, 3′-O-(4-benzoylbenzoyl) adenosine 5′-triphosphate (BzATP), a P2X7R agonist, was infused intrathecally with A438079, SB203580 or etanercept, a tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α receptor-binding recombinant drug.
CCI of the IoN induced tactile allodynia/hyperalgesia and up-regulation of P2X7R, membrane-bound TNF-α (mTNF-α) and soluble TNF-α (sTNF-α) in the trigeminal sensory nuclear complex (TNC). Tactile allodynia/hyperalgesia or up-regulation of mTNF-α and sTNF-α in the TNC following CCI of the IoN was inhibited by A438079. SB203580 also attenuated tactile allodynia/hyperalgesia or up-regulation of mTNF-α, but not the up-regulation of sTNF-α in the TNC. Treatment of rats with BzATP induced tactile allodynia/hyperalgesia and up-regulation of sTNF-α and p-p38 in the TNC. Tactile allodynia/hyperalgesia or up-regulation of sTNF-α following BzATP treatment was inhibited by SB203580 and etanercept.
Based on these findings, phosphorylation of p38 MAPK via P2X7R may induce tactile allodynia/hyperalgesia, which is most likely mediated by sTNF-α released by microglia.