Functional characterization of prostaglandin F2α receptor in the spinal cord for tactile pain (allodynia)
Version of Record online: 4 FEB 2004
Journal of Neurochemistry
Volume 86, Issue 2, pages 374–382, July 2003
How to Cite
Muratani, T., Nishizawa, M., Matsumura, S., Mabuchi, T., Abe, K., Shimamoto, K., Minami, T. and Ito, S. (2003), Functional characterization of prostaglandin F2α receptor in the spinal cord for tactile pain (allodynia). Journal of Neurochemistry, 86: 374–382. doi: 10.1046/j.1471-4159.2003.01840.x
- Issue online: 4 FEB 2004
- Version of Record online: 4 FEB 2004
- Received January 16, 2003; revised manuscript received February 25, 2003; accepted April 3, 2003.
- antisense oligonucleotide;
- mechanical allodynia;
- PGF2α receptor;
- spinal cord
Prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α) binds to its receptor (FP) to increase the intracellular-free calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) by coupling of FP with Gq protein. Spinal intrathecal administration of PGF2α to mouse induces touch-evoked pain (mechanical allodynia), in which capsaicin-insensitive primary afferent Aβ-fibres and N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor ɛ4 subunit are involved. FP in the spinal cord, however, was not well characterized. Here, we showed constitutive expression of FP mRNA in mouse spinal cord, and functionally characterized spinal FP-expressing cells which were involved in PGF2α-induced mechanical allodynia. The method for repetitive administration of oligodeoxyribonucleotides through tubing to conscious mice was established for mechanical allodynia evaluation. We identified an antisense oligodeoxyribonucleotide targeting FP mRNA, causing both disappearance of PGF2α-induced mechanical allodynia and decrease of FP mRNA. With saline-administered mice, PGF2α rapidly increased [Ca2+]i of the cells in the deeper layer of the dorsal horn. In contrast, when the FP antisense oligodeoxyribonucleotide was repeatedly administered, the population of PGF2α-responsive cells in the slices reduced, and PGF2α-induced [Ca2+]i increase of these cells diminished. These data strongly suggested that, in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord, there are the FP-expressing cells which are involved in PGF2α-induced mechanical allodynia.