Transcriptional and functional profiles of voltage-gated Na(+) channels in injured and non-injured DRG neurons in the SNI model of neuropathic pain

Temugin Berta, Olivier Poirot, Marie Pertin, Ru-Rong Ji, Stephan Kellenberger, Isabelle Decosterd
Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences 2008, 37 (2): 196-208
Changes in expression and function of voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSC) in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons may play a major role in the genesis of peripheral hyperexcitability that occurs in neuropathic pain. We present here the first description of changes induced by spared nerve injury (SNI) to Na(v)1 mRNA levels and tetrodotoxin-sensitive and -resistant (TTX-S/TTX-R) Na(+) currents in injured and adjacent non-injured small DRG neurons. VGSC transcripts were down-regulated in injured neurons except for Na(v)1.3, which increased, while they were either unchanged or increased in non-injured neurons. TTX-R current densities were reduced in injured neurons and the voltage dependence of steady-state inactivation for TTX-R was positively shifted in injured and non-injured neurons. TTX-S current densities were not affected by SNI, while the rate of recovery from inactivation was accelerated in injured neurons. Our results describe altered neuronal electrogenesis following SNI that is likely induced by a complex regulation of VGSCs.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"