Persistent nociception induces anxiety-like behavior in rodents: role of endogenous neuropeptide S.


Anxiety disorder is a comorbid condition of chronic pain. Analgesics and anxiolytics, subject to addiction and abuse, are currently used to manage pain and anxiety symptoms. However, the cellular mechanism underlying chronic pain and anxiety interaction remains to be elucidated. We report that persistent nociception following peripheral nerve injury induced anxiety-like behavior in rodents. Brain expression and release of neuropeptide S (NPS), a proposed endogenous anxiolytic peptide, was diminished in rodents with coexisting nociceptive and anxiety-like behaviors. Intracerebroventricular administration of exogenous NPS concurrently improved both nociceptive and anxiety-like behaviors. At the cellular level, NPS enhanced intra-amygdaloidal inhibitory transmission by increasing presynaptic gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) release from interneurons. These findings indicate that the interaction between nociceptive and anxiety-like behaviors in rodents may be regulated by the altered NPS-mediated intra-amygdaloidal GABAergic inhibition. The data suggest that enhancing the brain NPS function may be a new strategy to manage comorbid pain and anxiety.

DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2014.04.026

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@article{Zhang2014PersistentNI, title={Persistent nociception induces anxiety-like behavior in rodents: role of endogenous neuropeptide S.}, author={Shuzhuo Zhang and Xu Dong Jin and Z You and Shuxing Wang and Grewo Lim and Jinsheng Yang and Michael F. McCabe and Na Li and John J A Marota and Lucy L . Chen and Jianren Mao}, journal={Pain}, year={2014}, volume={155 8}, pages={1504-15} }