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Neurosci Lett. 2005 Sep 9;385(2):137-42.

Effects of the novel TRPV1 receptor antagonist SB366791 in vitro and in vivo in the rat.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Pécs, H-7643 Pécs, Szigeti u. 12, Hungary.


The TRPV1 capsaicin receptor is a non-selective cation channel localized in the cell membrane of a subset of primary sensory neurons and functions as an integrator molecule in nociceptive/inflammatory processes. The present paper characterizes the effects of SB366791, a novel TRPV1 antagonist, on capsaicin-evoked responses both in vitro and in vivo using rat models. SB366791 (100 and 500 nM) significantly inhibited capsaicin-evoked release of the pro-inflammatory sensory neuropeptide substance P from isolated tracheae, while it did not influence electrically induced neuropeptide release. It also decreased capsaicin-induced Ca2+ influx in cultured trigeminal ganglion cells in a concentration-dependent manner (0.5-10 microM) with an IC50 of 651.9 nM. In vivo 500 microg/kg i.p. dose of SB366791 significantly inhibited capsaicin-induced hypothermia, wiping movements and vasodilatation in the knee joint, while 2 mg/kg capsazepine was ineffective, its effect lasted for 1h. However, neither antagonist was able to inhibit capsaicin-evoked hypothermia in Balb/c mice. Based on these data SB366791 is a more selective and in vivo also a more potent TRPV1 receptor antagonist than capsazepine in the rat therefore, it may promote the assessment of the therapeutic utility of TRPV1 channel blockers.

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