Learn More
Morphine is a potent agonist of μ-opioid receptor and is widely used to relieve severe pain, including cancer pain. Some chemokines, for example, CX3CL1 and CCL2, participate in the regulation of opioid santinociception. In our previous study, we found overexpression of chemokine CXCL10/CXCR3 in spinal cord participated in the development of cancer-induced(More)
UNLABELLED Patients with chronic pain experience spontaneous or ongoing pain as well as enhanced sensitivity to evoked stimuli. Spontaneous or ongoing pain is rarely evaluated in preclinical studies. In fact, it remains controversial whether ongoing or spontaneous pain even develops in mice after tissue or nerve injury. This study tested a hypothesis that(More)
Cancer-induced bone pain (CIBP) is a common clinical problem in breast cancer patients with bone metastasis. Recent studies shows chemokines are novel targets for treatment of CIBP. In this study, we intra-tibial inoculated with Walker 256 rat mammary gland carcinoma cells into rat bone to established metastatic breast cancer. Then we measured the(More)
In most cases, the successful application of gene therapy requires the development of vectors that can provide regulated control of therapeutic gene expression. We have reconstituted the Tet-On (tetracycline-regulated transgene expression) two-component system in a single lentiviral vector with insertion of a chicken chromatin insulator (cHS4) element(More)
UNLABELLED Neuropathic pain due to nerve injury is associated with overactivity of spinal N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors and nitric oxide synthases (NOS). Spinal NOS and NMDA receptors could act in a concerted manner to excite each other in nociceptive signaling. Among the 3 major NOS isoforms, neuronal NOS (nNOS) has the most functional relationship(More)
The objective of this study is to construct and identify an inducible lentiviral vector containing improved tet-on system and FasL gene and observe its effects on pristane-induced arthritis (PIA). FasL gene was amplified from the spleen of Lewis rats by RT-PCR. The tet-on system was improved with insertion of a chicken chromatin insulator (cHS4) element and(More)
Synaptic plasticity is fundamental to spinal sensitivity of bone cancer pain. Here, we have shown that excitatory synaptogenesis contributes to bone cancer pain. New synapse formation requires neurite outgrowth and an interaction between axons and dendrites, accompanied by the appositional organization of presynaptic and postsynaptic specializations. We(More)
Opioid-induced hyperalgesia (OIH) is one of the major problems associated with prolonged use of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain. Effective treatment for OIH is lacking. In this study, we examined the efficacy and preliminary mechanism of curcumin in attenuating OIH. We employed a newly developed PLGA-curcumin nanoformulation (PLGA-curcumin) in(More)
Morphine is viewed as one of the classical treatments for intractable pain, but its role is limited by side effects, including analgesic tolerance. A few chemokines have been reported to be engaged in the mechanisms of morphine tolerance. However, the exact roles of CXC chemokine 11 (CXCL11) in chronic morphine tolerance remain unknown. In this study,(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Schisandra glaucescens Diels (SGD) is used in a subclass of traditional Chinese medicine known as "Tujia drugs". It has been long used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), cough with dyspnea, spontaneous sweating, night sweating, chronic diarrhea, and neurasthenia. As a woody liana growing in mountain jungles at the(More)