PubMed 19931571

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Automatically associated channels: Nav1.8 , Nav1.9

Title: Exploring the role of nociceptor-specific sodium channels in pain transmission using Nav1.8 and Nav1.9 knockout mice.

Authors: Sandra Leo, Rudi D'Hooge, Theo Meert

Journal, date & volume: Behav. Brain Res., 2010 Mar 17 , 208, 149-57

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Two voltage gated sodium channels, Na(v)1.8 and Na(v)1.9, are exclusively expressed in primary sensory neurons and are suggested to play a role in different pain conditions, including chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain states. Since no selective pharmacological tools are available, we investigated the involvement of Na(v)1.8 and Na(v)1.9 in pain transmission by the phenotypic characterization of Na(v)1.8 and Na(v)1.9 knockout mice and their wild-type littermates in models of acute nociception, peripheral inflammation and neuropathic pain. The present study provides evidence for a modulatory role of Na(v)1.9, and to a lesser extent Na(v)1.8 in the development of cold, but not mechanical allodynia in neuropathic pain conditions. Moreover, our results also indicate that Na(v)1.9 signaling might be involved in visceral pain. In contrast, the presumed critical role of these two sodium channel subtypes to inflammatory pain hypersensitivity seem, according to our results, to be limited and temporarily.