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RIP3-mediated necroptosis increases neuropathic pain via microglia activation: necrostatin-1 has therapeutic potential
FEBS Open Bio  (IF2.693),  Pub Date : 2021-07-28, DOI: 10.1002/2211-5463.13258
Ping Fang, Gangqiang Sun, Jingyu Wang

Neuropathic pain (NP) is a clinical symptom that accompanies many diseases. We investigated the effect of receptor-interacting protein kinase 3 (RIP3)-regulated necroptosis on NP and explored its relationship with microglia, in order to provide a theoretical basis for further research and provide new insights into the treatment of NP. In this study, the spared nerve injury (SNI) model was used along with intervention with necrostatin and the inhibitor of necroptosis necrostatin-1 (Nec-1). Pain behavior tests were performed 1 and 3 days before the nerve injury (or sham) operation, and on days 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, and 14 after the operation. The spinal cord tissues were collected for detection of RIP3 expression and distribution, changes in the number of microglia cells, activation of necroptosis, and the level of proinflammatory factors. Collected spinal cord tissues were analyzed using western blot, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, immunoprecipitation assays, and ELISA, respectively. We found that, compared with the sham group, the expression of RIP3 protein in the spinal cord of rats in the SNI group increased from 3 to 14 days after surgery. Immunofluorescence staining showed that RIP3 was coexpressed with the microglia and the number of microglia increased significantly in the SNI model group. The results of immunoprecipitation assays suggested that a RIP3-mediated necroptosis pathway promotes NP. After treatment with Nec-1, the expression of RIP3 protein and the number of microglia were significantly reduced, and the expression levels of TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6 in spinal dorsal horns were significantly decreased. These results indicate that RIP3 promotes necroptosis to increase the occurrence of NP via microglia.