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      Intraepidermal nerve fiber loss corresponds to the development of taxol-induced hyperalgesia and can be prevented by treatment with minocycline.


      Animals, Disease Models, Animal, Epidermis, drug effects, innervation, pathology, Hyperalgesia, chemically induced, drug therapy, Male, Minocycline, pharmacology, therapeutic use, Nerve Fibers, Neurotoxins, antagonists & inhibitors, toxicity, Paclitaxel, Rats, Rats, Sprague-Dawley

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          Loss of intraepidermal nerve fibers (IENFs) has been speculated to play a critical role in the development of various neuropathies. In this study, the density of IENFs were studied over time during the induction of Taxol (Bristol-Myers Squibb, NY, USA)-induced chemoneuropathy and compared with the changes in IENFs in animals co-treated with Taxol plus the protective agent minocycline. Rats were injected (intraperitoneally) with 2mg/kg of Taxol every other day for four injections (day 1, 3, 5, and 7). Minocycline (25mg/kg) was given in a separate group of rats 24h prior to the first dose of Taxol and every day for the next 9days (day 0 through 9). Animals were tested for mechanical paw withdrawal thresholds prior to any drug administrations and again on day 7, 14, and 30. Immunohistochemistry using the pan-neuronal marker protein gene product 9.5 was performed on glabrous skin of the hind-paw foot pad to stain for IENFs also on day 7, 14, and 30. The results show that Taxol-treated animals developed mechanical sensitivity and corresponding IENF loss. Animals receiving minocycline plus Taxol showed no hyperalgesia or loss of IENFs. This study confirms, for the first time, that a loss of IENFs occurs as a neuropathy develops, and further shows a protection against both IENF loss and hyperalgesia with minocycline treatment. The progression of Taxol-induced mechanical hypersensitivity coincides with loss of intraepidermal nerve fibers, and the hyperalgesia and nerve fiber loss were prevented with minocycline treatment. Copyright © 2010 International Association for the Study of Pain. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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