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PubMed 26053673


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Automatically associated channels: Kv10.1 , Nav1 , Nav1.7 , Nav1.8 , TRP , TRPV , TRPV1



Title: Mouse DRG Cell Line with Properties of Nociceptors.

Authors: Ciara Doran, Jonathan Chetrit, Matthew C Holley, David Grundy, Mohammed A Nassar

Journal, date & volume: PLoS ONE, 2015 , 10, e0128670

PubMed link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26053673


Abstract
In vitro cell lines from DRG neurons aid drug discovery because they can be used for early stage, high-throughput screens for drugs targeting pain pathways, with minimal dependence on animals. We have established a conditionally immortal DRG cell line from the Immortomouse. Using immunocytochemistry, RT-PCR and calcium microfluorimetry, we demonstrate that the cell line MED17.11 expresses markers of cells committed to the sensory neuron lineage. Within a few hours under differentiating conditions, MED17.11 cells extend processes and following seven days of differentiation, express markers of more mature DRG neurons, such as NaV1.7 and Piezo2. However, at least at this time-point, the nociceptive marker NaV1.8 is not expressed, but the cells respond to compounds known to excite nociceptors, including the TRPV1 agonist capsaicin, the purinergic receptor agonist ATP and the voltage gated sodium channel agonist, veratridine. Robust calcium transients are observed in the presence of the inflammatory mediators bradykinin, histamine and norepinephrine. MED17.11 cells have the potential to replace or reduce the use of primary DRG culture in sensory, pain and developmental research by providing a simple model to study acute nociception, neurite outgrowth and the developmental specification of DRG neurons.