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Interleukin-17 sensitizes joint nociceptors to mechanical stimuli and contributes to arthritic pain through neuronal interleukin-17 receptors in rodents

Frank Richter, Gabriel Natura, Matthias Ebbinghaus, Gisela Segond von Banchet, Susanne Hensellek, Christian König, Rolf Bräuer, Hans-Georg Schaible
Arthritis and Rheumatism 2012, 64 (12): 4125-34
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OBJECTIVE: Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is considered a proinflammatory cytokine, but whether neuronal IL-17 receptors contribute to the generation of arthritic pain is unknown. This study was undertaken to explore whether IL-17A acts on neurons, whether it sensitizes joint nociceptors, and whether neutralization of IL-17 is antinociceptive.

METHODS: We recorded action potentials from rat joint nociceptors after intraarticular injection of IL-17A. We studied the expression of the IL-17A receptor in the rat dorsal root ganglia (DRG), explored the effect of IL-17A on signaling pathways in cultured rat DRG neurons, and using patch clamp recordings, monitored changes of excitability by IL-17A. We tested whether an antibody to IL-17 influences pain behaviors in mice with antigen-induced arthritis (AIA).

RESULTS: A single injection of IL-17A into the rat knee joint elicited a slowly developing and long-lasting sensitization of nociceptive C fibers of the joint to mechanical stimuli, which was not attenuated by neutralizing tumor necrosis factor α or IL-6. The IL-17A receptor was visualized in most rat DRG neurons, the cell bodies of primary sensory neurons. In isolated and cultured rat DRG neurons, IL-17A caused rapid phosphorylation of protein kinase B and ERK, and it rapidly enhanced excitability. In mice with unilateral AIA in the knee, an antibody against IL-17 improved the guarding score and reduced secondary mechanical hyperalgesia at the ipsilateral paw.

CONCLUSION: Our findings indicate that IL-17A has the potential to act as a pain mediator by targeting IL-17 receptors in nociceptive neurons, and these receptors are particularly involved in inflammation-evoked mechanical hyperalgesia.

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