Etanercept reduced hyperalgesia in experimental painful neuropathy. J Peripher Nerv Syst 6:67-72

Department of Neurology, University of Würzburg, Germany.
Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System (Impact Factor: 2.76). 07/2001; 6(2):67-72. DOI: 10.1046/j.1529-8027.2001.01010.x
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Etanercept, a recombinant tumor necrosis factor receptor (p75)-Fc fusion protein competitively inhibits tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF). Etanercept has been successfully used in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, where it reduces pain and inflammation. Because locally produced proinflammatory cytokines play a role in pain after nerve injury, we investigated whether etanercept can reduce pain and hyperalgesia in an animal model of painful neuropathy, the chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve. C57BL/6 mice received etanercept or sham treatment by local near-nerve injection to the injured nerve or by systemic application. Treatment with etanercept reduced thermal hyperalgesia and mechanical allodynia significantly in both modes of application. The effect of etanercept was present in animals that were treated from the time of surgery and in those that were treated from day 6, when hyperalgesia was already present. These results suggest the potential of etanercept as a treatment option for patients with neuropathic pain.

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    • "The procedure described by Bennett and Xie (1988) and Sommer et al. (2001) was used as a model of neuropathic pain. Mice were anesthetized under ketamine + xylazine (100 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg, intraperitoneally); a linear skin incision was made along the lateral surface of the biceps femoris and forceps were inserted into the core of the muscle to split the muscle fibers and expose the sciatic nerve. "
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