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Brain Res. 2019 Mar 1. pii: S0006-8993(19)30124-6. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2019.03.001. [Epub ahead of print]

N-3 fatty acids modulate repeated stress-evoked pain chronicity.

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1
Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kobe Gakuin University, 1-1-3 Minatojima, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8586, Japan.
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Department of Cellular and Molecular Anatomy, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, 1-20-1 Handayama, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 431-3192, Japan; International Mass Imaging Center, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, 1-20-1 Handayama, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 431-3192, Japan.
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International Mass Imaging Center, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, 1-20-1 Handayama, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 431-3192, Japan; Department of Optical Imaging, Institute for Medical Photonics Research, Preeminent Medical Photonics Education & Research Center, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, 1-20-1 Handayama, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 431-3192, Japan.
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Biochemical Toxicology Laboratory, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kobe Gakuin University, 1-1-3 Minatojima, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8586, Japan.
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Department of Cellular and Molecular Anatomy, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, 1-20-1 Handayama, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 431-3192, Japan; International Mass Imaging Center, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, 1-20-1 Handayama, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 431-3192, Japan; Department of Systems Molecular Anatomy, Institute for Medical Photonics Research, Preeminent Medical Photonics Education & Research Center, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, 1-20-1 Handayama, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 431-3192, Japan; Department of Anatomy, The University of Hong Kong, 6/F, William MW Mong Block 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR, China.
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Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kobe Gakuin University, 1-1-3 Minatojima, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8586, Japan. Electronic address: stoku@pharm.kobegakuin.ac.jp.

Abstract

N-3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), have a beneficial effect in both pain and psychiatric disorders. In fact, we previously reported that stress-induced pain prolongation might be mediated through the suppression of the G-protein coupled-receptor 40/free fatty acid receptor 1 (GPR40/FFAR1), which is activated by DHA and long-chain fatty acids. However, the involvement of GPR40/FFAR1 ligands in the development of stress-induced chronic pain has not yet been described. In this study, we investigated the role of DHA in stress-evoked pain chronicity using diet-induced n-3 fatty acid deficient mice. The n-3 fatty acid deficient mice showed exacerbation of anxiety-like behavior after repeated exposure to social defeat stress. The intact n-3 fatty acid deficient mice showed a decrease in paw threshold values. On the other hand, paw withdrawal thresholds of defeated but not non-stressed, n-3 fatty acid deficient mice continued until day 49 after paw surgery. We evaluated changes in phosphatidylcholine composition in the brains of repeat stress-evoked chronic pain model mice which were not on n-3 fatty acid deficiency diets On day 7 after paw surgery, phosphatidylcholines with DHA and other long-chain fatty acids were found to have decreased in the brains of stressed mice. Moreover, stress-induced persistent mechanical allodynia was improved by oral DHA supplementation. These results indicated that chronic stress may directly affect brain lipid composition; the related changes could be involved in chronic pain development. Our findings suggested that n-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, are useful as a potential therapeutic target for stress-evoked chronic pain.

KEYWORDS:

DHA; Phospholipid; n-3 deficient; stress induced-pain

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