EphrinB-EphB signaling regulates spinal pain processing via PKCγ.

Spinal ephrinB-EphB signaling is involved in the modulation of pain processing. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether protein kinase C-γ (PKCγ) acts as a downstream effector in regulating spinal pain processing associated with ephrinB-EphB signaling in mice. The intrathecal injection of ephrinB2-Fc, an EphB receptor activator, caused thermal hyperalgesia and mechanical allodynia, as well as increased activation of spinal PKCγ. Knockdown of spinal PKCγ prevented the pain behaviors induced by ephrinB2-Fc. Furthermore, the intrathecal injection of EphB2-Fc, an EphB receptor blocker, suppressed formalin-induced inflammatory, chronic constriction injury (CCI)-induced neuropathic, and tibia bone cavity tumor cell implantation (TCI)-induced bone cancer pain behaviors, in addition to reducing the activation of spinal PKCγ. Finally, the intrathecal injection of MK801, an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor blocker, prevented the pain behaviors and spinal PKCγ activation induced by ephrinB2-Fc. Overall, the results confirm the important role of PKCγ in the regulation of spinal pain processing associated with ephrinB-EphB signaling.
AuthorsX-L Zhou, C-J Zhang, Y Wang, M Wang, L-H Sun, L-N Yu, J-L Cao, M Yan
JournalNeuroscience (Neuroscience) Vol. 307 Pg. 64-72 (Oct 29 2015) ISSN: 1873-7544 [Electronic] United States
PMID26318332 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
CopyrightCopyright © 2015 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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