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Anesth Analg. 2001 Oct;93(4):1012-7.

A prostaglandin E2 receptor subtype EP1 receptor antagonist (ONO-8711) reduces hyperalgesia, allodynia, and c-fos gene expression in rats with chronic nerve constriction.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Nippon Medical School, 1-1-5, Sendagi, Bunkyoku, Tokyo, Japan. kawahara_hiroyasu/


Chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve in rats induces persistent mechanical hyperalgesia and allodynia. CCI is widely known as a model of neuropathic pain, and many studies using this model have been reported. Recently, c-fos has been used as a neural marker of pain, and various studies have assessed the relationship between hyperalgesia and c-fos expression in the lumbar spinal cord. In this study, we examined the role of a prostaglandin E2 receptor subtype EP1 receptor antagonist (ONO-8711) in a rat CCI model. EP1 receptor antagonist (EP1-ra) oral administration from day 8 to day 14 significantly reduced hyperalgesia and allodynia in the three pain tests on day 15. EP1-ra treatment from day 8 to 14 also reduced c-fos-positive cells in laminae I-II, III-IV, and V-X compared with saline treatment. A single dose of EP1-ra treatment on day 8 significantly reduced hyperalgesia and allodynia at 1 h and 2 h after administration, but the efficacy was not observed at 24 h. We conclude that EP1-ra treatment may be useful for hyperalgesia and allodynia and that EP1 receptor mechanisms are involved in the maintenance of c-fos gene expression induced by nerve injury.


We examined whether a prostaglandin E2 receptor subtype EP1 receptor antagonist abrogates neuropathic pain induced by chronic constriction injury model in rats. The EP1 receptor antagonist significantly reduced hyperalgesia, allodynia, and c-fos positive cells. These findings suggested that EP1 receptor antagonists may have a role in treatment of neuropathic pain.

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