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      Effects of an intrathecal TRPV1 antagonist, SB366791, on morphine-induced itch, body temperature, and antinociception in mice

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          Transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) not only is activated by multiple stimuli but also is involved with histamine-induced itch. The effects of TRPV1 on morphine-induced itch are unknown. We examined the effects of intrathecal administration of TRPV1 antagonist on morphine-induced itch, body temperature, and antinociception for mice.


          Each C57/BL6j mouse was intrathecally administered with one of the following solutions: morphine, SB366791 (as the TRPV1 antagonist), morphine + SB366791, saline, or vehicle. For each mouse, each instance of observed scratching behavior was counted, the body temperature was measured, and the nociceptive threshold was determined using the tail-immersion test.


          SB366791 dose-dependently reduced the scratching behavior induced by the administration of morphine. SB366791 and the morphine + SB366791 groups did not manifest an increase in body temperature. Antinociceptive effects were observed to occur dose-dependently for morphine but not for SB366791. Compared with morphine alone, the administration of morphine + SB366791 did not reduce significant antinociceptive effects.


          We propose that an intrathecal TRPV1 antagonist, SB366791, reduced morphine-induced itch without causing hyperthermia and did not suppress morphine-induced antinociception for mice.

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          Pharmacological blockade of the vanilloid receptor TRPV1 elicits marked hyperthermia in humans.

          The vanilloid receptor TRPV1 has been identified as a molecular target for the treatment of pain associated with inflammatory diseases and cancer. Hence, TRPV1 antagonists have been considered for therapeutic evaluation in such diseases. During Phase I clinical trials with AMG 517, a highly selective TRPV1 antagonist, we found that TRPV1 blockade elicited marked, but reversible, and generally plasma concentration-dependent hyperthermia. Similar to what was observed in rats, dogs, and monkeys, hyperthermia was attenuated after repeated dosing of AMG 517 (at the highest dose tested) in humans during a second Phase I trial. However, AMG 517 administered after molar extraction (a surgical cause of acute pain) elicited long-lasting hyperthermia with maximal body temperature surpassing 40 degrees C, suggesting that TRPV1 blockade elicits undesirable hyperthermia in susceptible individuals. Mechanisms of AMG 517-induced hyperthermia were then studied in rats. AMG 517 caused hyperthermia by inducing tail skin vasoconstriction and increasing thermogenesis, which suggests that TRPV1 regulates vasomotor tone and metabolic heat production. In conclusion, these results demonstrate that: (a) TRPV1-selective antagonists like AMG 517 cannot be developed for systemic use as stand alone agents for treatment of pain and other diseases, (b) individual susceptibility influences magnitude of hyperthermia observed after TRPV1 blockade, and (c) TRPV1 plays a pivotal role as a molecular regulator for body temperature in humans.
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            TRPV1-expressing primary afferents generate behavioral responses to pruritogens via multiple mechanisms.

            The mechanisms that generate itch are poorly understood at both the molecular and cellular levels despite its clinical importance. To explore the peripheral neuronal mechanisms underlying itch, we assessed the behavioral responses (scratching) produced by s.c. injection of various pruritogens in PLCbeta3- or TRPV1-deficient mice. We provide evidence that at least 3 different molecular pathways contribute to the transduction of itch responses to different pruritogens: 1) histamine requires the function of both PLCbeta3 and the TRPV1 channel; 2) serotonin, or a selective agonist, alpha-methyl-serotonin (alpha-Me-5-HT), requires the presence of PLCbeta3 but not TRPV1, and 3) endothelin-1 (ET-1) does not require either PLCbeta3 or TRPV1. To determine whether the activity of these molecules is represented in a particular subpopulation of sensory neurons, we examined the behavioral consequences of selectively eliminating 2 nonoverlapping subsets of nociceptors. The genetic ablation of MrgprD(+) neurons that represent approximately 90% of cutaneous nonpeptidergic neurons did not affect the scratching responses to a number of pruritogens. In contrast, chemical ablation of the central branch of TRPV1(+) nociceptors led to a significant behavioral deficit for pruritogens, including alpha-Me-5-HT and ET-1, that is, the TRPV1-expressing nociceptor was required, whether or not TRPV1 itself was essential. Thus, TRPV1 neurons are equipped with multiple signaling mechanisms that respond to different pruritogens. Some of these require TRPV1 function; others use alternate signal transduction pathways.
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              The vanilloid receptor TRPV1 is tonically activated in vivo and involved in body temperature regulation.

               Narender Gavva (corresponding) ,  Anthony Bannon,  Sekhar Surapaneni (2007)
              The vanilloid receptor TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid 1) is a cation channel that serves as a polymodal detector of pain-producing stimuli such as capsaicin, protons (pH <5.7), and heat. TRPV1 antagonists block pain behaviors in rodent models of inflammatory, neuropathic, and cancer pain, suggesting their utility as analgesics. Here, we report that TRPV1 antagonists representing various chemotypes cause an increase in body temperature (hyperthermia), identifying a potential issue for their clinical development. Peripheral restriction of antagonists did not eliminate hyperthermia, suggesting that the site of action is predominantly outside of the blood-brain barrier. Antagonists that are ineffective against proton activation also caused hyperthermia, indicating that blocking capsaicin and heat activation of TRPV1 is sufficient to produce hyperthermia. All TRPV1 antagonists evaluated here caused hyperthermia, suggesting that TRPV1 is tonically activated in vivo and that TRPV1 antagonism and hyperthermia are not separable. TRPV1 antagonists caused hyperthermia in multiple species (rats, dogs, and monkeys), demonstrating that TRPV1 function in thermoregulation is conserved from rodents to primates. Together, these results indicate that tonic TRPV1 activation regulates body temperature.

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                J Pain Res
                J Pain Res
                Journal of Pain Research
                28 August 2019
                : 12
                : 2629-2636
                [1 ]Department of Anesthesiology, Shimane University Faculty of Medicine , Shimane, Japan
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                Correspondence: Noritaka ImamachiDepartment of Anesthesiology, Shimane University Faculty of Medicine , 89-1 Enyacho Izumo, Shimane693-8501, JapanTel +81 85 320 2295Fax +81 85 320 2292Email imamachi@med.shimane-u.ac.jp
                © 2019 Sakakibara et al.

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                Figures: 4, References: 37, Pages: 8
                Original Research

                Anesthesiology & Pain management

                hyperthermia, pruritus, nociception, trpv1, opioid


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