International Journal of Medical Sciences

Intrathecal siRNA against Toll-like receptor 4 reduces nociception in a rat model of neuropathic pain

Fei-xiang Wu, Jin-jun Bian, Xue-rong Miao, Sheng-dong Huang, Xue-wu Xu, De-jun Gong, Yu-ming Sun, Zhi-jie Lu, Wei-feng Yu

Abstarc :

Background: Neuropathic pain is characterized by hyperalgesia, allodynia and spontaneous pain. It often occurs as a result of injury to peripheral nerves, dorsal root ganglions (DRG), spinal cord, or brain. Recent studies have suggested that Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) might play a role in neuropathic pain. Methodology/Principal Findings: In this study, we investigated the role of TLR4 in a rat chronic constriction injury (CCI) model and explored the feasibility of treating neuropathic pain by inhibiting TLR4. Our results demonstrated that intrathecal siRNA-mediated suppression of TLR4 attenuated CCI-induced mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia through inhibiting the activation of NF-κB p65 and production of proinflammatory cytokines (e.g., TNF-α and IL-1β). Conclusions/Significance: These findings suggest that suppression of TLR4 mediated by intrathecally administered siRNA may be a new strategy for the treatment of neuropathic pain.

Key Word :
Toll-like receptor 4, neuropathic pain, NF-κB, RNA interference, IL-1β, TNF-α

Volume 7, Number 5, - 2010