Peripheral participation of cholecystokinin in the morphine-induced peripheral antinociceptive effect in non-diabetic and diabetic rats.
ABSTRACT The effects of cholecystokinin (CCK-8) and the CCK receptor antagonist proglumide, on antinociception induced by local peripheral (subcutaneous) injected morphine in non-diabetic (ND) and streptozotocin-induced diabetic (D) rats, were examined by means of the formalin test. Morphine induced dose-dependent antinociception both in ND and D rats. However, in D rats, antinociceptive morphine potency was about twofold less than in ND rats. Pre-treatment with CCK-8 abolished the antinociceptive effect of morphine in a dose-dependent manner in both groups of rats. Additionally, proglumide enhanced the antinociceptive effect induced by all doses of morphine tested. Both CCK-8 and proglumide had no effect on flinching behaviour when given alone to ND rats. Unlike ND rats, in D rats proglumide produced dose-dependent antinociception and CCK-8 enhanced formalin-evoked flinches, as observed during the second phase of the test. In conclusion, our data show a decrease in peripheral antinociceptive potency of morphine when diabetes was present. Additionally, peripheral CCK plays an antagonic role to the peripheral antinociceptive effect of morphine, additional to the well known CCK/morphine interaction at spinal and supraspinal level.
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ABSTRACT: Painful neuropathy is the most common and debilitating complication of diabetes and results in hyperalgesia and allodynia. Hyperglycemia clearly plays a key role in the development and progression of diabetic neuropathy. Current therapeutic approaches are only partially successful and they are only thought to reduce the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy. Some natural products offer combined antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive properties that may help to treat in a more integrative manner this condition. In this regard, the purpose of this study was to investigate the antineuropathic effect of 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats and mice without glucose control as well as the possible mechanism of action involved in this effect. Rats and mice were injected with 50 or 200 mg/kg streptozotocin, respectively, to produce hyperglycemia. The formalin test and von Frey filaments were used to assess the nociceptive activity. Rota-rod was utilized to measure motor activity and malondialdehyde assay to determine anti-oxidative properties. After 3 weeks of diabetes induction, chemical hyperalgesia was observed in streptozotocin-injected rats. Oral acute administration of 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin (0.3-30 mg/kg) decreased in a dose-dependent manner formalin-evoked hyperalgesia in diabetic rats. In addition, methiothepin (non-selective 5-HT receptor antagonist, 1 mg/kg, i.p.) and ODQ (guanylate cyclase inhibitor, 2 mg/kg, i.p.), but not naltrexone (opioid receptor antagonist, 1 mg/kg, s.c.), prevented 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin-induced antihyperalgesic effect. The anti-hyperalgesic effect of 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin was similar to that produced by pregabalin (10 mg/kg, p.o.). Furthermore, oral acute administration of 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin (30 mg/kg) reduced streptozotocin-induced changes in malondialdehyde concentration from plasma samples. Unlike pregabalin, 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin did not affect motor activity. Six weeks after diabetes induction, tactile allodynia was observed in the streptozotocin-injected rats. At this time, oral administration of 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin (30 mg/kg) or pregabalin (10 mg/kg) reduced in a similar way tactile allodynia in diabetic rats. Finally, chronic oral administration of 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin (30-300 mg/kg, 3 times/week, during 6 weeks), significantly prevented the development of mechanical hyperalgesia and allodynia in streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice. Data suggests that 7-hydroxy-3,4-dihydrocadalin has acute and chronic effects in painful diabetic neuropathy. This effect seems to involve antioxidant properties as well as activation of 5-HT receptors and inhibition of guanylate cyclase enzyme.BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 04/2014; 14(1):129. · 2.08 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Aims The purpose of this study was to investigate the antinociceptive effect of epicatechin as well as the possible mechanisms of action in diabetic rats. Main methods Rats were injected with streptozotocin to produce hyperglycemia. The formalin test was used to assess the nociceptive activity. Key findings Acute pre-treatment with epicatechin (0.03-30mg/kg, i.p.) prevented formalin-induced nociception in diabetic rats. Furthermore, daily or every other day treatment for 2weeks with epicatechin (0.03-30mg/kg, i.p.) also prevented formalin-induced nociception in diabetic rats. Acute epicatechin-induced antinociception was prevented by L-NAME (N(ω)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride, 1-10mg/kg, non-selective nitric oxide synthesis inhibitor), 7-nitroindazole (0.1-1mg/kg, selective neuronal nitric oxide synthesis inhibitor), ODQ (1H-(1,2,4)-oxadiazolo(4,2-a)quinoxalin-1-one, 0.2-2mg/kg, guanylyl cyclase inhibitor) or glibenclamide (1-10mg/kg, ATP-sensitive K(+) channel blocker). Moreover, epicatechin (3mg/kg)-induced antinociception was fully prevented by methiothepin (0.1-1mg/kg, serotonergic receptor antagonist), WAY-100635 (0.03-0.3mg/kg, selective 5-HT1A receptor antagonist) or SB-224289 (0.03-0.3mg/kg, selective 5-HT1B receptor antagonist). In contrast, BRL-15572 (0.03-0.3mg/kg, selective 5-HT1D receptor antagonist) only slightly prevented the antinociceptive effect of epicatechin. Naloxone (0.1-1mg/kg, opioid antagonist) did not modify epicatechin´s effect. Significance Data suggest the involvement of the nitric oxide-cyclic GMP-K(+) channels pathway as well as activation of 5-HT1A and 5HT1B, and at a lesser extent, 5-HT1D, but not opioid, receptors in the antinociceptive effect of epicatechin in diabetic rats. Our data suggest that acute or chronic treatment with epicatechin may prove to be effective to treat nociceptive hypersensitivity in diabetic patients.Life sciences 09/2013; · 2.56 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a gasotransmitter endogenously generated from the metabolism of L-cysteine by action of two main enzymes called cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) and cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE). This gas has been involved in the pain processing and insulin resistance produced during diabetes development. However, there is no evidence about its participation in the peripheral neuropathy induced by this metabolic disorder. Experimental diabetes was induced by streptozotocin (50 mg/kg, i.p.) in female Wistar rats. Streptozotocin injection increased formalin-evoked flinching in diabetic rats as compared to non-diabetic rats after 2 weeks. Peripheral administration of NaHS (an exogenous donor of H2S) and L-cysteine (an endogenous donor of H2S) dose-dependently increased flinching behavior in diabetic and non-diabetic rats. Contrariwise, hydroxylamine (HA, a CBS inhibitor) and DL-propargylglycine (PPG, a CSE inhibitor) decreased formalin-induced nociceptive behavior in both experimental groups. In addition, an ineffective dose of HA and PPG partially prevented the L-cysteine-induced hyperalgesia in diabetic and non-diabetic rats. Interestingly, HA and PPG were three order of magnitude more potent in diabetic rats respect to non-diabetic rats, whereas NaHS was ten times more potent in the streptozotocin-diabetic group. Nine to 11 weeks after diabetes induction, tactile allodynia was observed in the streptozotocin-injected rats. On this condition, intraperitoneal administration of PPG or HA reduced tactile allodynia in diabetic rats. Paradoxically, H2S levels were decreased in nerve sciatic, dorsal root ganglion and spinal cord, but not blood plasma, during diabetes-associated peripheral neuropathy development. Collectively, results suggest that H2S synthetized by CBS and CSE participate in formalin-induced nociception in diabetic and non-diabetic rats, as well as; in tactile allodynia in streptozotocin-injected rats. In addition, data seems to indicate that diabetic rats are more sensible to H2S-induced hyperalgesia than normoglycemic rats.Neuroscience 07/2013; · 3.12 Impact Factor