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Life Sci. 2010 Nov 20;87(19-22):643-50. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2010.09.030. Epub 2010 Oct 13.

The proteinase/proteinase-activated receptor-2/transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 cascade impacts pancreatic pain in mice.

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  • 1Division of Pharmacology and Pathophysiology, Kinki University School of Pharmacy, Higashi-Osaka, Japan.



Proteinase-activated receptor-2 (PAR2) and transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 (TRPV1) are co-localized in the primary afferents, and the trans-activation of TRPV1 by PAR2 activation is involved in processing of somatic pain. Given evidence for contribution of PAR2 to pancreatic pain, the present study aimed at clarifying the involvement of TRPV1 in processing of pancreatic pain by the proteinase/PAR2 pathway in mice.


Acute pancreatitis was created by repeated administration of cerulein in conscious mice, and the referred allodynia/hyperalgesia was assessed using von Frey filaments. Injection of PAR2 agonists into the pancreatic duct was achieved in anesthetized mice, and expression of Fos in the spinal cord was determined by immunohistochemistry.


The established referred allodynia/hyperalgesia following cerulein treatment was abolished by post-treatment with nafamostat mesilate, a proteinase inhibitor, and with capsazepine, a TRPV1 antagonist, in mice. Injection of trypsin, an endogenous PAR2 agonist, or SLIGRL-NH(2), a PAR2-activating peptide, into the pancreatic duct caused expression of Fos protein in the spinal superficial layers at T8-T10 levels in the mice. The spinal Fos expression caused by trypsin and by SLIGRL-NH(2) was partially blocked by capsazepine, the former effect abolished by nafamostat mesilate.


Our data thus suggest that the proteinase/PAR2/TRPV1 cascade might impact pancreatic pain, in addition to somatic pain, and play a role in the maintenance of pancreatitis-related pain in mice.

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