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World J Gastroenterol. 2016 Aug 21;22(31):7111-23. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i31.7111.

Comparative effects of α2δ-1 ligands in mouse models of colonic hypersensitivity.

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Mathieu Meleine, Ludivine Boudieu, Agathe Gelot, Emilie Muller, Amandine Lashermes, Julien Matricon, Celine Silberberg, Alain Eschalier, Denis Ardid, Frederic A Carvalho, Clermont Université, Université d'Auvergne, INSERM 1107 Neuro-Dol, F-63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France.



To investigate anti-hypersensitive effects of α2δ-1 ligands in non-inflammatory and inflammation-associated colonic hypersensitivity (CHS) mouse models.


To induce an inflammation-associated CHS, 1% dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) was administered to C57Bl/6J male mice, in drinking water, for 14 d. Regarding the non-inflammatory neonatal maternal separation (NMS) -induced CHS model, wild-type C57BI/6J pups were isolated from their mother from day 2 to day 14 (P2 to P14), three hours per day (from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.). Colorectal distension was performed by inflating distension probe from 20 μL to 100 μL by 20 μL increment step every 10 s. After a first colorectal distension (CRD), drugs were administered subcutaneously, in a cumulative manner, (Gabapentin at 30 mg/kg and 100 mg/kg; Pregabalin at 10 mg/kg and 30 mg/kg; Carbamazepine at 10 mg/kg and 30 mg/kg) and a second CRD was performed one hour after each injection.


The visceromotor response (VMR) to CRD was increased by our NMS paradigm protocol in comparison to non-handled (NH) mice, considering the highest distension volumes (80 μL: 0.783 ± 0.056 mV/s vs 0.531 ± 0.034 mV/s, P < 0.05 and 100 μL: 1.087 ± 0.056 mV/s vs 0.634 ± 0.038 mV/s, P < 0.05 for NMS and NH mice, respectively). In the inflammation-associated CHS, DSS-treated mice showed a dramatic and significant increase in VMR at 60 and 80 μL distension volumes when compared to control mice (60 μL: 0.920 ± 0.079 mV/s vs 0.426 ± 0.100 mV/s P < 0.05 and 80 μL: 1.193 ± 0.097 mV/s vs 0.681 ± 0.094 mV/s P < 0.05 for DSS- and Water-treated mice, respectively). Carbamazepine failed to significantly reduce CHS in both models. Gabapentin significantly reduced CHS in the DSS-induced model for both subcutaneous injections at 30 or 100 mg/kg. Pregabalin significantly reduced VMR to CRD in the non-inflammatory NMS-induced CHS model for the acute subcutaneous administration of the highest cumulative dose (30 mg/kg) and significantly reduced CHS in low-dose DSS-treated mice in a dose-dependent manner. Finally, the percent decrease of AUC induced by acute GBP or Pregabalin treatment were higher in the inflammatory DSS-induced CHS model in comparison to the non-inflammatory NMS-induced CHS model.


This preclinical study demonstrates α2δ-1 ligands efficacy on inflammation-associated CHS, highlighting their potential clinical interest in patients with chronic abdominal pain and moderate intestinal inflammation.


Colonic hypersensitivity mouse models; Colorectal distension; Dextran sulfate sodium; Neonatal maternal separation; α2δ-1 ligands

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