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PubMed 24228717


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Automatically associated channels: Nav1 , Nav1.9



Title: Effect of amitriptyline on tetrodotoxin-resistant Nav1.9 currents in nociceptive trigeminal neurons.

Authors: Jingyao Liang, Xiaoyan Liu, Jianquan Zheng, Shengyuan Yu

Journal, date & volume: Mol Pain, 2013 , 9, 31

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24228717


Abstract
Amitriptyline (AMI) is tricyclic antidepressant that has been widely used to manage various chronic pains such as migraines. Its efficacy is attributed to its blockade of voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs). However, the effects of AMI on the tetrodotoxin-resistant (TTX-r) sodium channel Nav1.9 currents have been unclear to present.Using a whole-cell patch clamp technique, this study showed that AMI efficiently inhibited Nav1.9 currents in a concentration-dependent manner and had an IC50 of 15.16 μM in acute isolated trigeminal ganglion (TG) neurons of the rats. 10 μM AMI significantly shifted the steady-state inactivation of Nav1.9 channels in the hyperpolarizing direction without affecting voltage-dependent activation. Surprisingly, neither 10 nor 50 μM AMI caused a use-dependent blockade of Nav1.9 currents elicited by 60 pulses at 1 Hz.These data suggest that AMI is a state-selective blocker of Nav1.9 channels in rat nociceptive trigeminal neurons, which likely contributes to the efficacy of AMI in treating various pains, including migraines.